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

Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Emphasis, B.S.

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:

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Emphasis Track

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) emphasis track prepares students for careers in areas of biology that lead to a more comprehensive understanding of biological processes that range across the mechanistic, organismal, population, community and ecosystem levels. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology incorporates multidisciplinary approaches to address biological questions in an evolutionary framework. Areas of research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology include behavioral ecology, biomechanics, comparative anatomy and physiology, conservation biology, developmental genetics, ecology, population genetics, plant biology, molecular evolution, organismal interactions (e.g., plant-animal), paleobiology, phylogenetics, quantitative genetics and systematics.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Core Courses [12 Units]

 Complete the following courses:

Evolution Course

Complete one of the following courses:

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Upper Division Elective Courses [16-18 Units Minimum]

At least four courses chosen from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology elective list below, one course with Field component [4-5 units], one course with Laboratory component [4-5 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.)