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

Biology, Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology Option, B.S.

(120 units)

This option is designed primarily for those interested in careers that involve biology at the cell, molecular and organ system levels and is particularly appropriate for those contemplating graduate work in these fields or entering one of the health  professions, such as medicine and physical therapy. Students in this option might also want to pursue the Certificate in Biotechnology described elsewhere in this Catalog. This option requires approximately 76-79 units in the major, of which 43-46 are in lower division and 32-33 are in upper division.

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.

Take one of the following courses:

Take one of the following courses:

Take one of the following courses:

Upper Division:

Take one of the following:


With permission of the appropriate advisor, students may substitute one course in the biological sciences that is not on the above list for one of these four courses.

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

Students Contemplating Graduate or Professional School

Students contemplating graduate or professional school should consider taking 1-3 units of BIOL 496  in addition to the requirements listed above. With prior permission of the advisor for this option, students may use 3 units of BIOL 496  as an elective.