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Biological Sciences, Developmental Biology Emphasis, B.S.

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Requirements for the Biological Sciences Major

To receive the B.S. in Biological Sciences students must adhere to General Education  and School of Natural Sciences Requirements . The Biological Sciences program consists of 76-83 units with a minimum of 23 courses designed to give all students a common foundation of core knowledge specific to the discipline, plus breadth in an application area.

Biological Sciences Requirement [14 units]

Complete the following five biological sciences courses:

General Chemistry Requirement [8 units]

Complete the following two general chemistry courses:

Organic Chemistry Requirement [4 units]

Complete the following two organic chemistry courses:

Mathematics Requirement [8 units]

Complete the following mathematics courses:

Computer Science Requirement [2 units]

Complete the following course:

Probability and Statistics Requirement [3-4 units]

Complete one of the following probability and statistics courses:

Physics Requirement [8 units]

Complete the following two physics courses:

Upper Division Science or Engineering Requirement [3-4 units]

Complete one additional upper division course in science or engineering.

Requirements for Developmental Biology Emphasis Track

Developmental Biology (DB) emphasis track provides students with an understanding of the mechanisms that govern the generation of unique cell types and the assembly of cells into complex organisms. In addition to a strong foundation in genetics, cell biology and molecular biology, students can choose specialized courses covering topics such as immune system development, nervous system development, and the evolution of developmental mechanisms. Training in DB prepares students for careers in all aspects of the health sciences and biological research, particularly in the fields of stem cell biology, cancer biology, evolutionary biology, and regenerative medicine.

Developmental Biology Core Courses [18-20 Units]

 Complete the following courses:

Developmental Biology Upper Division Elective Courses [10 Units Minimum]

Laboratory Component [4-5 Units]

Complete one of the following course(s) with a laboratory component. If lab is separate, both lecture and lab component must be taken.

Additional Elective Courses [6 Units Minimum]

Complete two of the following courses:

Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences

All Biological Sciences majors are encouraged, but not required, to participate in a research experience. Students attend research lectures by UC Merced faculty, and can elect to go on to participate in research projects. The relevant course numbers are:

Transfer Selection Criteria

To be admitted to the Biological Sciences major transfer students must meet the following requirements:

Applicants will, at the time of admission have completed at minimum each of the following courses (or their equivalent) with a “C-” or better:

Additional Information

Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 in transferable courses. Any outstanding General Education and Major preparation coursework will be completed at UC Merced. Students should also consult the Information for Prospective Students link on the School of Natural Sciences website for more information.

* Biological Sciences BIO 001  and BIO 001L  (if available at their originating school. A letter grade of “B” or better grade must be earned.)

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