This major is designed to provide students with the fundamental courses required for entry into a school of medicine or into post graduate training in a wide variety of areas of biological and biomedical sciences: biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology, virology, human biology (physiology, metabolism, genetic disorders), cancer biology, pharmacology, and others. The emphasis is on basic principles that help us understand those processes unique to living organisms at the molecular level.
The program includes two required upper-division biology laboratory courses to provide practical experience with modern techniques and useful technology for those seeking positions as lab technicians in clinical and basic research laboratories. The opportunity to select three elective courses allows students either to seek a still broader background in a variety of biology courses or to begin specialization in a chosen field of study.
The major requirements below apply to students who were admitted to UC San Diego in Fall 2016 or later. If you were admitted to UC San Diego prior to Fall 2016, please refer to your degree audit, the UC San Diego General Catalog, or academic plan that aligns with your admit term for a listing of major requirements. If you have further questions, please contact a Biology Advisor for clarification.
Note: Effective Fall 2015, entering freshmen are required to complete Introductory Biology Lab (BILD 4). Transfer students will be held to the new requirement beginning Fall 2017.
Note: Effective Fall 2016, entering freshmen are required to complete Calculus-Based Introductory Probability and Statistics (MATH 11). Fall 2016 and 2017 entering transfer students may complete either MATH 10C, 20C, or 11 to satisfy the math sequence. Transfer students will be required to complete MATH 11 beginning Fall 2018.
Note: Any given course can only satisfy one major requirement
Please note: The degree audit may not automatically reject D grades for the major. If your degree audit appears blue and you have a D in a required course for the major, please contact a biology advisor.
To receive a Bachelor of Science from UC San Diego, all students must complete 48 or more units of upper-division course work within the major.
Please note: The degree audit may not display an accurate number of upper division biology electives required for the major in order to meet the 48 upper division unit requirement.
If your degree audit is blue and the 48 upper division unit requirement in the bottom of the first column is red, you will need to take additional upper division biology coursework in order to satisfy this requirement. If you have questions, please contact a biology advisor.
To receive a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from UC San Diego, all students must complete at least twenty units of upper-division coursework in the Division of Biological Sciences with a grade of C- or better. This coursework must directly apply to the student’s Biology major requirements, and must be taken while officially enrolled at UC San Diego. Courses completed outside of the UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences will not be counted toward the residency requirement.