Dec 03, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Biology Education Option, B.S.

(120 units)

This option is designed solely for students who wish to become secondary school Biology teachers. This option requires 80-87 units in the major, of which 46-48 are lower division and 34-39 are upper division. Prospective students should consult the Single Subject Science Education Advisor in the Department of Science Education early to plan their program.

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, and 3. all courses in the major.

In addition, students must receive a “C” or better in all upper division major courses.

Degree Progress

Pre-Biology majors must complete the following requirements within the specified time of declaring the pre-major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. Students who have not met the  requirements by the required semester must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student’s performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.


A grade “C” or better must be achieved within one calendar year.


Lower Division:


BIOL 111, BIOL 111L, BIOL 212 , BIOL 212L , BIOL 213 , BIOL 213L  are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11. CHEM 112A  and CHEM 112B  may be substituted for CHEM 111A  and CHEM 111B  with advisor substitution request. 

or both of the following:

Take one of the following courses:

Take one of the following courses:

Take one of the following courses:

These courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major:

Upper Division:

Take at least nine courses totaling at least 26-29 units in the biological sciences including:

All of the following courses:

One of the following courses in physiology:

One of the following courses in plant diversity:

One of the following courses in animal diversity:

Biological Sciences Course

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

These courses do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this major:


Although SCED 403  and EDSS 300A-S  (C) 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.