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2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences, Developmental Biology Emphasis, B.S.

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Requirements for the Biological Sciences Major

In addition to General Education  and School of Natural Sciences Requirements , the requirements that must be met to receive the B.S. in Biological Sciences at UC Merced are:

Undergraduate Major in Biological Sciences Research

All Biological Sciences majors are encouraged to participate in a research experience. Students attend research lectures by UC Merced faculty, and students can elect to go on to participate in research projects during their senior year. The relevant course numbers are:

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 [16-17 Units]

 Complete the following courses:

Evolution Course

Complete one of the following courses:

Quantitative Biology Elective

Complete one of the following courses:

Developmental Biology Upper Division Elective Courses [13 Units Minimum]

At least three courses chosen from the Developmental Biology elective list below, one course with Laboratory component [5 units] and two additional courses [8 units minimum].

Transfer Students

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 naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu 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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