Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Medical Imaging
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology with an Emphasis in General Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology with an Emphasis in Subject Matter Preparation in Teaching Biology
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
  • Minor in Biology
  • Certificate in Biotechnology
  • Honors in Biology

Programs Description [top]

Biology is the study of life, its origins, diversity and intricacies. It emphasizes the relationship between structure and function in living systems and the processes, by which organisms grow, reproduce and interact with each other and their environment. The discipline is dynamic and rapidly advancing, particularly in the areas of biotechnology and information technology. The Biology Program provides its undergraduate and graduate students with a strong theoretical foundation in biology, combined with extensive hands-on laboratory experiences using state-of-the-art technology. Students take a series of core courses augmented by electives selected from areas of special interest.

Careers [top]

The Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology are designed for students who wish to enter medical, dental or other health professional or graduate schools, or to seek careers in business, industry or government.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology offers students an opportunity to study the exciting developments in genetics, molecular biology, cloning, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Such programs lead to careers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, research and development, intellectual property and patent law.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Medical Imaging prepares students for graduate or professional study in the medical sciences (medical imaging, medical physics, health physics, dosimetry, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, oncology, biomedical engineering), or for entry into professional positions in the clinical environment and in medical imaging research and development.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to obtain a general background in both the concepts and the technical skills of modern biology. Students completing the Bachelor of Arts major will find that their strong general background will allow them flexibility in both completing minor fields of study and career choices. The degree prepares graduates for careers in medical and other health professions, science education, industry or government.

Biology as a discipline has been rapidly advancing in the last decade. With the information derived from the sequencing of the genomes of many organisms, it will have far-reaching impacts on the environment, public health, and on local, regional, and global economies. The Biology Minor allows students in majors other than biology to gain an understanding of these exciting developments. It will provide a solid background in biology and the opportunity to explore selected area(s) at a greater depth. Equipped with a minor in biology, students with a major in other disciplines will have a greater understanding and knowledge of the latest advances in many areas of biology and will therefore be more versatile in their career paths. The requirement for a Minor in Biology is 21 units.

The Certificate in Biotechnology will provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in modern biotechnology that will lead to careers in biotech as well as pharmaceutical industries.

Program Learning Outcomes [top]

Students graduating from the Biology program will be able to:

  • explain the basic structures and fundamental processes of life at molecular, cellular and organismal levels;
  • identify the evolutionary processes that lead to adaptation and biological diversity;
  • describe the relationship between life forms and their environment and ecosystems;
  • collect, organize, analyze, interpret and present quantitative and qualitative data and incorporate them into the broader context of biological knowledge;
  • effectively apply current technology and scientific methodologies for problem solving;
  • find, select and evaluate various types of scientific information including primary research articles, mass media sources and world-wide web information; and
  • communicate effectively in written and oral forms.

 

Requirements For Honors In Biology [top]

Candidacy for honors in biology is voluntary. To be eligible, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for all courses satisfying the requirements for the major as defined above.
  2. Take at least seven courses in the major at this university.
  3. Satisfactorily complete a Service Learning course from BIOL 492, 494 or 497.
  4. Satisfactorily complete a Senior Capstone course.

Application for candidacy must be made at the beginning of the senior year. Approval of candidacy and of the Service Learning project and project advisor rests with the Biology Program. The project advisor will have the sole responsibility for acceptance of the completed project.

The Biology Program may grant honors to exceptional students who have not met the above requirements, but who have in the judgment of the Program brought distinction upon themselves and the Program in some other significant and appropriate manner.

 

Faculty [top]

Ching-Hua Wang, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Biology Program
Academic Advisor
Phone: (805) 437-8870
Email: ching-hua.wang@csuci.edu

Amy Denton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: (805) 437-8458
Email: amy.denton@csuci.edu 

Geoff Dougherty, PhD, Professor of Physics
Phone: (805) 437-8990
Email: geoffrey.dougherty@csuci.edu

Nancy Mozingo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: (805) 437-8989
Email: nancy.mozingo@csuci.edu

 

Contact Information [top]

http://biology.csuci.edu
biology@csuci.edu

 

Requirements For The Bachelor Of Science Degree In Biology (120 units) [top]

Common Lower Division Requirements for All Emphases of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (8 Units)

BIOL 200* Principles of Organismal and Population Biology, GE-B2 (4)
BIOL 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (4)

For Bachelor of Science in Biology

Upper Division Requirements in the Major (39 Units)

  1. Required Biology Courses (25 units)
    BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
    BIOL 302 Genetics (4)
    BIOL 303 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    BIOL 304 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)
    BIOL 433* Ecology and the Environment, GE- B2, UDID (4)
    BIOL 499 Senior Capstone (3)
  2. Electives in Biology (14 units)
    Select from the following list of courses, one of which must be a lab course.

    BIOL 301 Microbiology (4)
    BIOL 310 Animal Biology and Ecology (4)
    BIOL 311 Plant Biology and Ecology (4)
    BIOL 312 Marine Biology (4)
    BIOL 313 Conservation Biology (4)
    BIOL 316 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    BIOL 317 Parasitology (4)
    BIOL 401 Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA Techniques (5)
    BIOL 402 Toxicology (3)
    BIOL 420 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4)
    BIOL 421 Virology (3)
    BIOL 422 Molecular Plant Physiology (4)
    BIOL 423 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (3)
    BIOL 424 Human Physiology (3)
    BIOL 425 Human Genetics (3)
    BIOL 427 Developmental Biology (4)
    BIOL 428 Biology of Cancer (3)
    BIOL 431* Bioinformatics, GE-B2, B4, UDID (4)
    BIOL 432* Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health,GE-B2, D, UDID(3)
    BIOL 450 Ichthyology: The Biology of Fishes
    No more than 2 units taken from the following:
    BIOL 492 Internship (2-3)
    BIOL 494 Independent Research (1-3)
    BIOL 497 Directed Study (1-3)

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses(73 Units)

  1. Chemistry (16 units)
    CHEM 121* General Chemistry I, GE-B1 (4)
    CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
    CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
    CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
  2. Physics (8 units)
    Select either
    PHYS 100 Introduction to Physics I (4)
    PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics II (4)
    or
    PHYS 200 General Physics I (4)
    PHYS 201 General Physics II (4)
  3. Statistics and Mathematics (7 units)
    BIOL 203* Quantitative Methods for Biology, ? GE-B3 (3)
    MATH 150* Calculus I, GE-B3 (4) 
     
  4. Other Required GE Courses in Categories A-E (36 units)
    Category A (9)
    Category C (12)
    Category D (12)
    Category E (3) 
     
  5. American Institutions Requirement (6 units)

For Emphasis In Cell And Molecular Biology

Upper Division Requirements in the Major (40 Units)

  1. Required Biology Courses (31 units)
    BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
    BIOL 301 Microbiology (4)
    BIOL 302 Genetics (4)
    BIOL 303 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)
    BIOL 401 Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA Techniques (5)
    BIOL 431* Bioinformatics, GE-B2, B4, UDID (4)
    BIOL 499 Senior Capstone (3) 
     
  2. Electives in Biology (9 units)
    Select from the following list of courses:
    BIOL 402 Toxicology (3)
    BIOL 416 Radiobiology and Radionuclides (3)
    BIOL 420 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4)
    BIOL 421 Virology (3)
    BIOL 422 Molecular Plant Physiology (4)
    BIOL 423 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (3)
    BIOL 424 Human Physiology (3)
    BIOL 425 Human Genetics (3)
    BIOL 427 Developmental Biology (4)
    BIOL 428 Biology of Cancer (3)
    BIOL 432* Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, GE-B2, D, UDID (3)
    BIOL 433* Ecology and the Environment, GE-B2, UDID (4)
    No more than 2 units taken from the following:
    BIOL 492 Internship (2-3)
    BIOL 494 Independent Research (1-3)
    BIOL 497 Directed Study (1-3)

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses (72 Units)

  1. Chemistry (minimum 15 units)
    CHEM 121* General Chemistry I, GE-B1 (4)
    CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
    CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)EM> and select either
    CHEM 318 Biological Chemistry (3)EM>
    or
    CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
    (A year-long organic chemistry sequence with laboratory taken at a community college may be accepted for the Biology major in lieu of CHEM 311, 312, 314, 315.)
  2. Physics (8 units)EM>
    Select either
    PHYS 100 Introduction to Physics I (4)
    PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics II (4)EM>
    or
    PHYS 200 General Physics I (4)
    PHYS 201 General Physics II (4)
     
  3. Statistics and Mathematics (7 units)
    BIOL 203* Quantitative Methods for Biology, GE-B3 (3)
    MATH 150* Calculus I, GE-B3 (4) 
     
  4. Other Required GE Courses in Categories A-E (36 units)
    Category A (9)
    Category C (12)
    Category D (12)
    Category E (3) 
     
  5. American Institutions Requirement (6 units)

For Emphasis in Medical Imaging

Additional Lower Division Requirements in the Major (8 Units)

BIOL 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIOL 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

Upper Division Requirements in the Major (38 Units)

  1. Required Biology and Physics Courses (30 units)
    BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
    BIOL 301 Microbiology (4)
    BIOL 302 Genetics (4)
    BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)
    BIOL/ PHYS 416 Radiobiology and Radionuclides (3)
    BIOL/ PHYS 434* Introduction to Biomedical PHYS Imaging, GE-B1, E, UDID (4)
    BIOL/ PHYS 464 Biomedical Instrumentation (4)
    BIOL 499 Senior Capstone (3) 
     
  2. Electives in Biology and Physics (8 units):
    Select from the following list of courses:
    BIOL/PHYS 315 Introduction to Biophysics (4)
    BIOL 401 Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA Techniques (5)
    BIOL 420 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4)
    BIOL 421 Virology (3)
    BIOL 423 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (3)
    BIOL 424 Human Physiology (3)
    BIOL 425 Human Genetics (3)
    BIOL 427 Developmental Biology (4)
    BIOL 428 Biology of Cancer (3)
    BIOL 431* Bioinformatics, GE-B2, B4, UDID (4)
    BIOL 432* Principles of Epidemiology and Environ- mental Health, GE-B2, D, UDID (3)
    BIOL 433* Ecology and the Environment, GE-B2, UDID (4)
    PHYS 445* Image Analysis and Pattern Recognition, GE-B1, B4, UDID (3)
    No more than 2 units taken from the following:

    PHYS 492 Physics Internship (3)
    BIOL / PHYS494 Independent Research (1-3)
    BIOL / PHYS 497 Directed Study (1-3)

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses (66 Units) [top]

  1. Chemistry (15 units)
    CHEM 121* General Chemistry I, GE-B1 (4)
    CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
    CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
    CHEM 318 Biological Chemistry (3)
    (An organic chemistry I-equivalent course with laboratory taken at a community college may be accepted for the Biology major in lieu of CHEM 311 and 312.)
  2. Mathematics (4 units)
    MATH 150 Calculus I, GE-B3 (4) 
     
  3. Physics (8 units)
    Select either
    PHYS 100 Introduction to Physics I (4)
    PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics II (4)
    or
    PHYS 200 General Physics I (4)
    PHYS 201 General Physics II (4)
  4. Other Required GE Courses in Categories A-D (33 units)
    Category A (9)
    Category C (12)
    Category D (12)
    Category E- covered by a required GE course for the degree program 
     
  5. American Institutions Requirement (6 units)

    (Courses with * are double-counted toward GE credits.)

Requirements For The Bachelor of Arts Degree In Biology (120 units) [top]

Common Lower Division Requirements for All Emphases of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (8 Units)

BIOL 200* Principles of Organismal and Population Biology, GE-B2 (4)
BIOL 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (4)

For Emphasis In General Biology

Upper Division Requirements in the Major (37 Units)

  1. Required Biology Courses (25 units)
    BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
    BIOL 302 Genetics (4)
    BIOL 303 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    BIOL 304 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)
    BIOL 433* Ecology and the Environment, GE-B2, UDID (4)
    BIOL 499 Senior Capstone (3) 
     
  2. Electives in Biology (12 units)
    Select at least three courses from the following list, one of which must be a lab course.
    BIOL 301 Microbiology (4)
    BIOL 310 Animal Biology and Ecology (4)
    BIOL 311 Plant Biology and Ecology (4)
    BIOL 312 Marine Biology (4)
    BIOL 313 Conservation Biology (4)
    BIOL 316 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    BIOL 317 Parasitology (4)
    BIOL 401 Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA Techniques (5)
    BIOL 402 Toxicology (3)
    BIOL 420 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4)
    BIOL 421 Virology (3)
    BIOL 422 Molecular Plant Physiology (4)
    BIOL 423 Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology (3)
    BIOL 424 Human Physiology (3)
    BIOL 425 Human Genetics (3)
    BIOL 427 Developmental Biology (4)
    BIOL 428 Biology of Cancer (3)
    BIOL 431* Bioinformatics, GE-B2, B4, UDID (4)
    BIOL 432* Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, GE-B2, D, UDID (3)
    BIOL 450 Ichthyology: The Biology of Fishes (4)
    No more than 2 units taken from the following:
    BIOL 492 Internship (2-3)
    BIOL 494 Independent Research (1-3)
    BIOL 497 Directed Study (1-3)

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses(53-54 Units)

  1. Chemistry (8 units)
    CHEM 121* General Chemistry I, GE-B1 (4)
    CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
  2. Mathematics and Statistics (3-4 units) Select one of the following:
    BIOL 203* Quantitative Methods for Biology, GE-B3 (3)
    MATH 105 Pre-Calculus (4)
    MATH 150* Calculus I, GE-B3 (4) 
     
  3. Other Required GE Courses in Categories A-E (36)
    Category A (9)
    Category C (12)
    Category D (12)
    Category E (3) 
     
  4. American Institutions Requirements (6)

Electives in Any Discipline (21-22 units)

For Emphasis In Pre-Professional Studies

Upper Division Requirements in the Major (32 Units)

  1. 1. Required Biology Courses (21-22 units)
    BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
    BIOL 302 Genetics (4)
    BIOL 304 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)
    AND Select one of the following:
    BIOL 303 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    BIOL 433* Ecology and the Environment, GE-B2, UDID (4)
    and
    BIOL 499 Senior Capstone (3) 
     
  2. 2. Electives in Biology (10-11 units)
    Select at least three courses from the following list, one of which must be a lab course.
    BIOL 301 Microbiology (4)
    BIOL 310 Animal Biology and Ecology (4)
    BIOL 311 Plant Biology and Ecology (4)
    BIOL 312 Marine Biology (4)
    BIOL 313 Conservation Biology (4)
    BIOL 316 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    BIOL 317 Parasitology (4)
    BIOL 401 Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA Techniques (5)
    BIOL 402 Toxicology (3)
    BIOL 420 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4)
    BIOL 421 Virology (3)
    BIOL 422 Molecular Plant Physiology (4)
    BIOL 423 Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology (3)
    BIOL 424 Human Physiology (3)
    BIOL 425 Human Genetics (3)
    BIOL 427 Developmental Biology (4)
    BIOL 428 Biology of Cancer (3)
    BIOL 431* Bioinformatics, GE-B2, B4, UDID (4)
    BIOL 432* Principles of Epidemiology and
    Environmental Health, GE-B2, D, UDID (3)
    BIOL 450 Ichthyology: The Biology of Fishes (4)
    No more than 2 units taken from the following:
    BIOL 492 Internship (2-3)
    BIOL 494 Independent Research (1-3)
    BIOL 497 Directed Study (1-3)

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses(69-70 Units)

  1. Chemistry (16 units)
    CHEM 121* General Chemistry I, GE-B1 (4)
    CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
    CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
    CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
  2. Mathematics and Statistics (3-4 units)
    Select one of the following:
    BIOL 203* Quantitative Methods for Biology, GE-B3 (3)
    MATH 150* Calculus I, GE-B3 (4)
    (Check with professional schools or pre-professional advisor for specific requirements in this category.) 
     
  3. Physics (8 units)
    PHYS 100 Introduction to Physics I (4)
    PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics II (4) 
     
  4. Other Required GE Courses in Categories A-E (36)
    Category A (9)
    Category C (12)
    Category D (12)
    Category E (3) 
     
  5. American Institutions Requirements (6)

Electives in Any Discipline (10-11 Units)

For Emphasis In Subject Matter Preperation in Teaching Biology

Upper Division Requirements in the Major(36 Units)

  1. Required Biology Courses (24 units)
    BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
    BIOL 302 Genetics (4)
    BIOL 303 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    BIOL 304 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
    BIOL 335* The Biosphere, GE-B2, UDID (3)
    BIOL 433* Ecology and the Environment, GE-B2, UDID (4)
    BIOL 499 Senior Capstone (3)
  2. Electives in Biology (12 units)
    Select at least three courses from the following list, one of which must be a lab course.
    BIOL 301 Microbiology (4)
    BIOL 310 Animal Biology and Ecology (4)
    BIOL 311 Plant Biology and Ecology (4)
    BIOL 312 Marine Biology (4)
    BIOL 313 Conservation Biology (4)
    BIOL 316 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
    BIOL 317 Parasitology (4)
    BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)
    BIOL 401 Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA Techniques (5)
    BIOL 402 Toxicology (3)
    BIOL 420 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4)
    BIOL 421 Virology (3)
    BIOL 422 Molecular Plant Physiology (4)
    BIOL 423 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (3)
    BIOL 424 Human Physiology (3)
    BIOL 425 Human Genetics (3)
    BIOL 427 Developmental Biology (4)
    BIOL 428 Biology of Cancer (3)
    BIOL 431* Bioinformatics, GE-B2, B4, UDID (4)
    BIOL 432* Principles of Epidemiology and
    Environmental Health, GE-B2, D, UDID (3)
    BIOL 450 Ichthyology: The Biology of Fishes (4)
    No more than 2 units taken from the following:

    BIOL 492 Internship (2-3)
    BIOL 494 Independent Research (1-3)
    BIOL 497 Directed Study (1-3)

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses (76 units)

  1. Required Education Course (3 units)
    EDUC 330* Introduction to Secondary Schooling, GE-D, UDID (3)
  2. Mathematics and Statistics (7 units)
    BIOL 203* Quantitative Methods for Biology,
    GE-B3 (3)
    and
    MATH 105 Pre-Calculus (4)
    or
    MATH 150* Calculus I, GE-B3 (4) 
     
  3. Physical Sciences (24 units)
    CHEM 121* General Chemistry I, GE-B1 (4)
    CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
    GEOL 121 Physical Geology (4)
    PHYS 100 Introduction to Physics I (4)
    PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics II (4)
    PHYS 105 Introduction to the Solar System (4) 
     
  4. Other Required GE Courses in Categories A-E (36)
    Category A (9)
    Category C (12)
    Category D (12)
    Category E (3) 
     
  5. American Institutions Requirements (6)

(Courses with * are double-counted toward GE credits.)

Requirements For the Master of Science Degree in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics (33-34 units) [top]

(Pending approval from the Chancellor's Office and offered through California State University Channel Islands Extended Education Program)

Program Description

The Master of Science in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics is a professional degree program designed to meet the needs of biotechnology industry and related public and private agencies and organizations. The program combines rigorous scientific training in interdisciplinary areas in biotechnology and bioinformatics with course work and experience in business management and regulatory affairs. The program includes a set of core courses with two emphases to choose from: biotechnology and bioinformatics.

Biotechnology is centered in the laboratory and employs sophisticated molecular biology techniques for applications in human and animal health, agriculture, environment, and specialty biochemical manufacturing. In the next century, the major driving force for biotechnology will be the strategic use of the data derived from large-scale genome sequencing projects. Bioinformatics turns raw data from genome sequencing and new experimental methodologies such as microarrays and proteomics into useful and accessible information about gene function, protein structure, molecular evolution, drug targets and disease mechanisms using computational analyses, statistics, and pattern recognition. Our approach also includes team projects drawn from biotechnology industries to focus on real-world problems and applications of biological and computational sciences and to inculcate interpersonal as well as problem-solving skills using multiple perspectives.

Graduates from this program will develop analytical, managerial and interpersonal skills along with sophisticated expertise in biotechnology and bioinformatics. They will be ready to make immediate contributions to scientific research and development, management in biotechnological, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology law and regulations, governmental or environmental agencies, research institutes, consulting firms, research and clinical laboratories, private and public health organizations, or education.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must have a BS/BA degree in Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Mathematics. Alternatively, applicants with a BA/BS degree in any field and equivalent work experiences in one of the above fields may be granted conditional admission, and they must fulfill all conditional requirements before they can be fully classified.
  2. Applicants seeking admission to the professional MS in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics program must be officially accepted into the CSUCI academic program.
  3. Applicants must declare themselves as graduate students in the professional MS degree program in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.
  4. Applicants will be evaluated by the program admissions committee which will consider the applicants in the context of the total applicant pool using our general admission standards. The following materials are required for our evaluation and admission process:
    • Applicants must submit to the program their transcript from their undergraduate institution, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test scores or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.
    • Applicants who have received their undergraduate degrees from a university where English is not the language of instruction, or have studied fewer than two years at a university where instruction is in English, must submit to the program their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for evaluation.
    • A one page “Statement of Purpose” from the applicant and two letters of recommendations from people who are able to judge the applicant's capacity for both academic and professional success should be submitted to the program for evaluation.

Degree Requirements

Common Core Courses (16 units)

BINF 500 DNA & Protein Sequence Analysis (3)
BIOL 502 Techniques in Genomics & Proteomics (2)
BIOL 503 Biotechnology Law and Regulation (3)
MGT 471 Project Management (3)
BIOL 600 Team Project (4)
BIOL 601 Seminar Series in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (1)

For Biotechnology Emphasis (17 units)

Required Courses (7 units)

BIOL 504 Molecular Cell Biology (3)
BIOL 505 Molecular Structure (4)

Electives (10 units)

A minimum of 10 units chosen from the following courses and/or from the elective courses under the Bioinformatics Emphasis:
BIOL 506 Molecular Evolution (4)
BIOL 507 Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacoproteomics (3)
BIOL 508 Advanced Immunology (4)
BIOL 509 Plant Biotechnology (4)
MGT 421 Human Resource Management (3)

For Bioinformatics Emphasis (18 units)

Required Courses (12 units)

BINF 501 Biological Informatics (3)
BINF 510 Database Systems for Bioinformatics (3)
BINF 511 Computational Genomics (3)
BINF 513 Programming for Bioinformatics (3)

Electives (6 units)

A minimum of two courses chosen from the following and/or from the elective courses under the Biotechnology Emphasis, with at least one course in the BINF category:
BINF 512 Algorithms for Bioinformatics (3)
BINF 514 Statistical Methods in Computational Biology (3)
PHYS 445 Image Analysis & Pattern Recognition (3)
MGT 421 Human Resource Management (3)

 

Proposed Course of Study  [top]

For Biotechnology Emphasis

First Year (13 units)

First Semester

MGT 471 Project Management (3)
BIOL 504 Molecular Cell Biology (3) 

Second Semester

BINF 500 DNA and Protein Sequence Analysis (3)
BIOL 503 Biotechnology Law and Regulation (3)
BIOL 601 Seminar Series in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (1)

Second Year (20 units)

First Semester

BIOL 502 Techniques in Genomics and Proteomics (2)
BIOL 505 Molecular Structure (4)
Electives (3)

Second Semester

BIOL 600 Team Project (4)
Electives (7)

For Bioinformatics Emphasis

First Year (13 units)

First Semester

MGT 471 Project Management (3)
BINF 501 Biological Informatics (3) 

Second Semester

BINF 500 DNA and Protein Sequence Analysis (3)
BIOL 503 Biotechnology Law and Regulation (3)
BIOL 601 Seminar Series in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (1)

Second Year (21 units)

First Semester

BIOL 502 Techniques in Genomics and Proteomics (2)
BINF 510 Database Systems for Bioinformatics (3)
BINF 511 Computational Genomics (3)

Second Semester

BINF 513 Programming for Bioinformatics (3)
BIOL 600 Team Project (4)
Electives (6)

 

Requirements for the Minor in Biology (21 units) [top]

Lower Division Requirements (8 units)

BIOL 200* Principles of Organismal and
Population Biology, GE-B2 (4)
BIOL 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (4)

Upper Division Requirements (13 units)

  1. Biology (8 units)
    BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
    BIOL 302 Genetics (4)
  2. Biology Electives (5 units)

A minimum of 5 units of 300-400 level biology courses, with no more than one course selected from BIOL 331-342.

 

Requirements for the Certificate in Biotechnology (23-24 units) [top]

(For students with a B.S. degree in biology pursuing a certificate in biotechnology)

  1. B.S. degree in biology (may be concurrent);
  2. Completion of the following courses with C or better grades:
    CHEM 318 or 460 Biological Chemistry or Biochemistry I (3-4)
    BIOL 401 Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA Techniques (5)
    BIOL 420 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (4)
    BIOL 431 Bioinformatics (4)
  3. Complete another 4 units of upper-division biology course in consultation with the program; 
     
  4. Complete an internship course; 
     
  5. Complete the capstone course; 
     
  6. Approval by the Biology program.