Biology (Course 7)

Department of Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied from among 5.12 or 5.60 and 7.03 or 7.05 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 7.02[J] or 20.109 in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
5.12Organic Chemistry I12
5.60Thermodynamics and Kinetics 112
or 20.110[J] Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems
7.05General Biochemistry12
or 5.07[J] Biological Chemistry I
7.06Cell Biology12
7.18Topics in Experimental Biology (CI-M) 230
Select one of the following:15-18
Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication (CI-M)
Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering (CI-M)
Restricted Electives
Select three undergraduate-level 12-unit subjects offered by the Department of Biology for which 7.03 and/or 7.05 are prerequisites. 336
Units in Major141-144
Unrestricted Electives72-75
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


The department recommends 5.60 or 20.110[J] to fulfill this component of the program, but it will also accept 2.005, 3.012, 8.044, or 10.213.


Before enrolling in 7.18, students must complete an approved 12-unit UROP or non-credit research experience.


Exceptions: The combination of 7.30A[J] and 7.30B[J] is eligible as a restricted elective; 7.19 cannot be used as a restricted elective. Graduate-level subjects may not be used as restricted electives.

Restricted Electives

7.08[J]Biological Chemistry II12
7.09Quantitative and Computational Biology12
7.20[J]Human Physiology12
7.21Microbial Physiology12
7.22Developmental Biology12
7.26Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease12
7.27Principles of Human Disease12
7.28Molecular Biology12
7.29[J]Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology12
Fundamentals of Ecology I
and Fundamentals of Ecology II 1
7.31Current Topics in Mammalian Biology: Medical Implications12
7.32Systems Biology12
7.33[J]Evolutionary Biology: Concepts, Models and Computation12
7.37[J]Molecular and Engineering Aspects of Biotechnology12
or 7.371 Biological and Engineering Principles Underlying Novel Biotherapeutics
7.41Principles of Chemical Biology12
7.45The Hallmarks of Cancer12
7.46Building with Cells12
7.49[J]Developmental Neurobiology12
9.15Neural Circuits, Neuromodulatory, and Neuroendocrine Systems12
9.17Systems Neuroscience Laboratory (CI-M)12

The combination of 7.30A[J] and 7.30B[J] counts as one Biology restricted elective.