- Undergrad Education
- Requirement Overview
- General Education
- ULR / GE Crosswalk
- Language Proficiency Requirement
- Degree Summary
- Major Requirements
- MLO 1: Mathematical Foundations
- MLO 2: Physical Science Foundations
- MLO 3: Biological Foundations
- MLO 4: Communication and Ethics in Biology
- MLO 5: Research Methods and Applied Skills
- MLO 6: Advanced Knowledge in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics
- MLO 7: Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal BIology
- MLO 8: Service in Biology
- MLO 9: Biology Depth of Knowledge
- Course Descriptions
- Course Pathways
- Business Admin
- Cinematic Arts & Technology
- Collaborative Health & Human Services
- Communication Design
- Computer Science and Information Technology
- Environmental Science, Technology & Policy
- Environmental Studies
- Global Studies
- Human Communication
- Integrated Studies
- Japanese Language & Culture
- Liberal Studies
- Marine Science
- Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Visual & Public Art
- World Languages & Cultures
- Nondegree Programs
- AA-T/AS-T Programs
Total credits: 120
Credits at CSUMB: 60
Credits in the major: 72 - 82, depending upon the concentration. At least 40 units must be upper division, but not all of these need to be in the major.
The Biology major begins in the freshman year with specific requirements because most upper-division (junior/senior) biology courses require lower-division (freshman/sophomore) courses as prerequisites.
Like other majors at CSUMB, the Biology major is defined in terms of a set of Major Learning Outcomes (MLOs), which are things you'll be able to do after completing the major. Each of the three concentrations within the Biology major uses a slightly different set of courses to help you achieve the same outcomes in different ways. For details, check out the course requirements for each concentration.
MLO 1: Mathematical Foundations
Students apply the fundamental mathematical and statistical constructs used to analyze, interpret and communicate quantitative information.
MLO 2: Physical Science Foundations
Students use the nomenclature, concepts and methodology of chemistry and physics to describe, measure and predict the chemical and physical properties and processes of physical and biological systems. CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry II or BIO 310: Biochemistry may double-count in MLO 9.
MLO 3: Biological Foundations
Students understand and describe the role of evolution as it applies to the diversity of life and life processes on earth, including molecular and cellular biology, genetics, organismal biology and ecology, and they apply basic scientific principles and methods to these biological processes.
MLO 4: Communication and Ethics in Biology
Students identify, research, analyze and present clearly, in oral and written formats, for scientific and non-scientific audiences, historical and current complex biological concepts in appropriate contexts. Students analyze their own and other ethical frameworks surrounding such issues.
MLO 5: Research Methods and Applied Skills
Students detect, describe and observe patterns that emerge from the analysis of biological questions, use the scientific method to develop questions and test hypotheses, and demonstrate competence in the analysis and display of data. Courses taken in MLO 5 may not double-count with other MLOs.
MLO 6: Advanced Knowledge in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics
Students apply scientific principles and methods to the study of molecular life processes and the structure and function of cells. Courses taken in MLO 6 may NOT double-count for another major requirement.
MLO 7: Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal BIology
Students apply biological principles and scientific methods to the study of ecological or evolutionary or organismal biology.Courses taken for MLO 7 may not double-count with other MLOs.
MLO 8: Service in Biology
Students demonstrate the ability to share an understanding of biology with culturally, linguistically, economically and technologically diverse communities.
Note: BIO and ENVS courses with "S" designation also count towards upper-division general education.
MLO 9: Biology Depth of Knowledge
Students obtain additional expertise in their chosen biological field through advanced elective courses, and complete a capstone research project or demonstrate proficiency in Biology via a standardized exam.
Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
The Teacher Preparation concentration is aligned with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing's standards for middle school and high school biology teachers.