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Major Information

The UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences is structured around the different levels of biological organization—biochemical, cellular, physiological, and ecological. The research and teaching of the division emphasize the fundamentally important processes that occur at each of these levels by offering eight different major programs, each of which provides an excellent background for future graduate or professional study. Divisional majors lead to a Bachelor of Science in one of these specialized areas: (1) Biochemistry and Cell Biology, (2) Biology with a Specialization in Bioinformatics, (3) Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, (4) General Biology, (5) Human Biology, (6) Microbiology, (7) Molecular Biology, and (8) Physiology and Neuroscience. Each major offers a broad overview of basic biological concepts and expands upon specialized areas of focus to promote fundamental understanding and mastery of biological material that is unique to each student’s interests and educational goals.

Minor Information

The Division offers those not pursuing a major in biology, the option to obtain a Minor in General Biology. The Division of Biological Sciences offers one minor without discipline specialties.

Contiguous BS/MS Program

The Division of Biological Sciences offers a Contiguous BS/MS Program leading to a Master of Science in Biology. The contiguous program is designed specifically for selected UC San Diego undergraduate students who are enrolled in any of the eight biology majors offered by the Division of Biological Sciences. Qualified students apply to the program early in their final year as an undergraduate student. Students admitted to the program who successfully complete all requirements can earn the M.S. within three-to-five quarters following receipt of the BS.

Learning goals for biology majors

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