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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Option in Biology Education (code BIOLBS02) (120 units)

Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Biology (code 184)

This option is designed solely for students who wish to become secondary school Biology teachers. This option requires 82-92 units in the major, of which 50-52 are lower division and 32-40 are upper division. Prospective students should consult the Single Subject Science Education Advisor in the Department of Science Education early to plan their program.

Completion of the Biological Sciences Concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Biology. In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Biology teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete many of the credential program courses as an undergraduate. Courses may also be started as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The Biological Sciences Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each of the following: 1. the entire college record, 2. all units attempted at CSULB, 3. all courses in the major, and 4. all upper division courses in the major completed at CSULB.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • BIOL 153 Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • ASTR 100 Astronomy (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
      • NOTE: BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.
  • Choose either:
      • GEOL 106 Earth Science for Teachers (4)
    • or both of the following:
      • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
      • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • MICR 200 General Microbiology for Health Professionals (4)
    • MICR 211 General Microbiology (5)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 100, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101.

Upper Division:

  • Take either:
      • CHEM 327 Organic Chemistry (3)
    • or all four of the following courses:
      • CHEM 322A Organic Chemistry (3)
      • CHEM 322B Organic Chemistry (3)
      • CHEM 323A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
      • CHEM 323B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • Take the following course:
    • SCED 404 The Nature of Science and Scientific Reasoning for Teachers (3)
  • Take at least nine courses totaling at least 26-29 units in the biological sciences including:
    • All of the following courses:
      • BIOL 312 Evolutionary Biology (3)
      • BIOL 340 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
      • BIOL 350 General Ecology (3)
      • BIOL 370 General Genetics (4)
      • BIOL 480 Seminars (1)
    • One of the following courses in physiology:
      • BIOL 345 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
      • BIOL 447 Molecular Plant Physiology (3)
    • One of the following courses in plant diversity:
      • BIOL 427 Vascular Plant Systematics (4)
      • BIOL 439 Plant Morphology (4)
    • One of the following courses in animal diversity:
      • BIOL 313 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
      • BIOL 316 General Entomology (4)
      • BIOL 324 Vertebrate Zoology (4)

The remaining biological sciences course should be chosen in consultation with an advisor; BIOL 495/MICR 495 is highly recommended. Either CHEM 441A, B or 448 will count toward this additional required course. Students may use BIOL or MICR 496 as one of the nine required upper division courses but only with prior permission of the advisor for this option.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major: BIOL 301, 304, 305, 308; MICR 300I; and NSCI 492.

Although SCED 403 and EDSS 300C are not required in the major, the credential does require these courses. Students may want to take some or all of them prior to graduation.

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