This major provides a program for studying the bodily and neural functions of complex organisms. Students may concentrate upon a more specialized area of study, such as neurobiology, animal physiology, or endocrinology.
This major is designed to provide students with the fundamental courses required for entry into medical school, graduate school in biological or neural sciences, or entry into other health related professions such as nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physical education, agriculture and wildlife management.
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: 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.
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.