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 or 5.601/5.602, and 7.03 or 7.05 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 7.002 and 7.003[J] 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
7.002Fundamentals of Experimental Molecular Biology6
7.003[J]Applied Molecular Biology Laboratory (CI-M)12
7.05General Biochemistry12
or 5.07[J] Introduction to Biological Chemistry
7.06Cell Biology12
7.19Communication in Experimental Biology (CI-M) 112
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 Major126
Unrestricted Electives90
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 Thermal-Fluids Engineering I, 8.044 Statistical Physics I, or 10.213 Chemical and Biological Engineering Thermodynamics. The combination of 5.601 Thermodynamics I and 5.602 Thermodynamics II and Kinetics is also an acceptable option.


See list of Communication-Intensive Subjects in the Major below for acceptable alternatives.


Exceptions: 7.30[J] Fundamentals of Ecology is eligible as a restricted elective; 7.19 cannot be counted as a restricted elective. Graduate-level subjects may not be used as restricted electives.

Restricted Electives

7.08[J]Fundamentals of Chemical Biology12
Modern Biostatistics
and Modern Computational Biology
7.20[J]Human Physiology12
7.21Microbial Physiology12
7.26Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease12
7.27Principles of Human Disease and Aging12
7.28Molecular Biology12
7.29[J]Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology12
7.30[J]Fundamentals of Ecology12
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
7.45The Hallmarks of Cancer12
7.46Building with Cells12
7.49[J]Developmental Neurobiology12
9.17Systems Neuroscience Laboratory (CI-M) 1, 212
9.26[J]Principles and Applications of Genetic Engineering for Biotechnology and Neuroscience12

9.17 can be used as a restricted elective or CI-M, not both.


Subject has prerequisites that are outside of the program.

Communication-Intensive Subjects in the Major

7.003[J]Applied Molecular Biology Laboratory (CI-M)12
Choose one of the following options:9-18
Option A
Communication in Experimental Biology (CI-M)
Option B
Select one of the following:
Biological Circuit Engineering Laboratory (CI-M)
Experimental Physics I (CI-M) 1
Experimental Molecular Neurobiology (CI-M) 1
Systems Neuroscience Laboratory (CI-M) 1,2
Current Topics in Developmental Neurobiology (CI-M) 1
Chemical Engineering Projects Laboratory (CI-M) 1
Energy Engineering Projects Laboratory (CI-M) 1
Chemical-Biological Engineering Laboratory (CI-M) 1
Biological Engineering Projects Laboratory (CI-M) 1
Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering (CI-M) 1
Biological Engineering Design (CI-M) 1

Subject has prerequisites that are outside of the program.


9.17 can be used as a restricted elective or CI-M, not both.