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2015-2016 Catalog 
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Biological Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology 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 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:

Microbiology and Immunology Emphasis Track

Students in the Microbiology and Immunology (MBI) emphasis track study the diversity, structure, evolution, method of transmission, replication, epidemiology and mechanism of pathogenesis of microorganisms and their interplay with the host immune system. Related topics in bioterrorism, environmental microbiology, drug resistance, development of the immune system, applications in biotechnology and their political and socioeconomic ramifications are also explored. A student in the Microbiology and Immunology emphasis track will have many career options including work in research, education, the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies or health-related professions.

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 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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