Biology Major


The BIOLOGY major can be designed by students to include courses from a variety of life and physical sciences departments. This major is suitable for students who would like to obtain a broad knowledge of science, as well as for students preparing for careers in the health sciences.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS


UPDATES

SPRING QUARTER 2015
CHANGES TO THE [BIOLOGY/EBE/MARINE BIOLOGY] MAJOR

Chemistry 14CL/30BL is no longer required for the [Biology/EBE/Marine Biology] major. However, some professional schools or graduate programs may still require an additional quarter of chemistry. Please check with the individual programs to determine if you need to complete Chemistry 14CL/30BL.


FALL QUARTER 2010
CHANGES TO THE BIOLOGY MAJOR

Students declaring the Biology major in FALL QUARTER 2010 OR LATER will no longer be required to complete the following course:

CHEMISTRY and BIOCHEMISTRY 153L: Biochemical Methods I Lab (4 units).

For students who choose to take Chem 153L, this course can be applied as one of the three upper division science electives in CATEGORY 5 of the Biology major. Chem 153L CANNOT be applied as one of the lab courses required for CATEGORY 3 of the Biology major -- NO EXCEPTIONS.

*NOTE: Chem 153L may still be a pre-requisite for professional schools (medical, dental, pharmacy, etc.). It is your responsibility to check with the schools that you plan to apply to determine whether or not Chem 153L is a required pre-requisite.

Please note that continuing students are NOT going to be changed to the new major requirements automatically. A WRITTEN request (made via e-mail) must be made to change to the new requirements.

All requests must be made via e-mail. All correspondence must include your first and last name, your UID and your Degree Expected Term (DET), e.g., Fall 2010, Spring 2011, etc.

Requests should be sent to eebundergrad@lifesci.ucla.edu with the Subject heading "Fall 2010 Biology Major Requirements."

**The first day that requests from continuing students will be accepted is MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 (beginning of Week 1). Requests made prior to this date will be discarded.**

DECLARED SUMMER 2010 and FALL 2010 GRADUATES:

Students whose DET is Summer 2010 or earlier CANNOT change to the new requirements.

Students whose DET is FALL 2010, and who wish to change to the Fall 2010 major requirements, must send their written request (via e-mail) to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Office NO EARLIER THAN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 (beginning of Week 1), and NO LATER THAN MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. (beginning of Week 2).


Sample Schedule Biology Major: Freshman Admit

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Math 3A/31A (4) or LS 30A (5)
Chem 14A* (4)
EngComp 3 (5)
Fiat Lux 19 (1)

*Students may also choose to take the Chem 20-/30-series.
Math 3B/31B (4) or LS 30B (5)
Chem 14B (4)
Chem 14BL* (3)
GE (5)
Fiat Lux 19 (1)

*Some students opt to take Chem 14B and 14BL together. This is not required.
Math 3C/32A (4) or Stats 13 (5)
Chem 14BL* (3) or
Chem 14C (4)
LS 1 (5)

*If a student does not take Chem 14BL with Chem 14B, then Chem 14BL should not be taken with Chem 14C.
•Volunteer work
•Community Service
•Part-Time Job
•Vacation – highly recommended!
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Chem 14C (4)
Physics 6A (5)
Writing II (5)
SRP 99** (2)

**Begin research. You must be enrolled in 12 units before you may enroll in SRP 99.
Chem 14D (4)
Physics 6B (5)
LS 2 (4)
SRP 99 (2)

Continue research.
Phys 6C (5)
LS 3 (4)
LS 23L (2)
SRP 99 or
Non-major UD (2-4)

Continue research.
•Research
•Volunteer work
•Community Service
•Part-Time Job
•Vacation – highly recommended!
Fall Winter Spring Summer
Chem 14CL (4)
Stats 13 (5)
UD Major (4)
Non-major UD*** (2-4)

Begin Upper Division (UD) Major Requirements

***Could be research.
UD Major (4)
UD Major (4)
LS 4 (5)

Study for Graduate/Professional School Entrance Exam
UD Major (4)
UD Major (4)
GE-UD (5)

Study for or Take Graduate/Professional School Entrance Exam
Graduate/Professional School Entrance Exam and/or

•Research
•Volunteer work
•Community Service
•Part-Time Job
•Vacation – highly recommended!
Fall Winter Spring Summer
UD Major (4)
UD Major (4)
GE-UD (5)
UD Major Lab (6)
UD Major (4)
GE-UD (5)
UD Major Lab (5)Non-major UD (4)GE-UD (5) If Necessary


Sample Schedule Biology Major: Transfer Admit

Fall Winter Spring Summer
LS Core Curriculum Class(es) (3-5)
UD Major Class (4-6)
Non-Major UD Class (4-6)
LS Core Curriculum Class(es) (3-5)
UD Major Class (4-6)
Non-Major UD Class (4-6)
SRP 99* (2)

*Begin research.
LS Core Curriculum Class(es) (3-5)
UD Major Class (4-6)
Non-Major UD Class* (4-6)

*Continue research.
•Summer Classes
OR
•Volunteer work
•Community Service
•Part-Time Job
•Vacation – highly recommended!
Fall Winter Spring Summer
UD Major Class w/ Lab (5-6)
UD Major Class (4-5)
UD Major Class (4-5)
UD Major Class w/ Lab (5-6)
UD Major Class (4-5)
UD Major Class (4-5)
UD Major Class (4-5)
UD Major Class (4-5)
Non-Major UD Class (4-6)
•Summer Classes
OR
•Volunteer work
•Community Service
•Part-Time Job
•Vacation – highly recommended!