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Biology & Health Science
Suggested Biology Course Sequence

Science courses required for Biology majors for transfer to CSU or UC

Biology
BIOL 110, 210, 220 (not necessarily sequential), 230

Chemistry

CHEM 192, 210, 220, 231, 232 (sequential)

Physics
PHYS 150, 210, *211, 220, *221 (sequential)

Notes
*Courses are required for UC only. Courses in parentheses are not required, but may be needed by students lacking in solid background, recent background, or confidence in the field. Chemistry 210 and either Biology 210 or 220 are prerequisites for Biology 230.

Math prerequisites for Physics
Math 130 for 210, concurrent 242 or 252 for 211 (Engineering, Geology, Chemistry majors take Physics 250, 260, 270 instead of the above).

Suggested Plans for Biology Majors

Notes
Within each plan Biology courses may be shifted forward or back a semester. Some shifts are also possible with Physics and Chemistry, but there may be limitations due to scheduling or course conflicts. Students should check schedules or talk to science faculty to identify potential conflicts for the present and future semesters.

Plan 1
2 year “fast-track” for a student with strong biology and chemistry background (110, 192 not needed)

Fall 1: Bio 210 or 220, Chem 210
Spring 1: Bio 220 or 210, Chem 220, Phys 150
Fall 2: Bio 230, Chem 231, Phys 210, 211 (UC)
Spring 2: Chem 232, Phys 220, 221 (UC)

Plan 2
2 year “fast-track” for a CSU transfer student with strong biology, chemistry and physics background

Fall 1: Bio 210, Chem 210, Phys 210
Spring 1: Bio 220, Chem 220, Phys 220
Fall 2: Bio 230, Chem 231
Spring 2: Chem 232

Plan 3
3 year pace

Fall 1: Bio 110
Spring 1: Bio 210 or 220, Chem 192
Fall 2: Bio 220 or 210, Chem 210
Spring 2: Chem 220, Phys 150
Fall 3: Bio 230, Chem 231, Phys 210, 211 (UC)
Spring 3: Chem 232, Phys 220, 221 (UC)

Plan 4
3 year with two science courses a semester

Fall 1: Bio 110, Chem 192
Spring 1: Bio 210 or 220, Chem 210
Fall 2: Bio 220 or 210, Chem 220
Spring 2: Bio 230, Phys 150
Fall 3: Chem 231, Phys 210, 211 (UC)
Spring 3: Chem 232, Phys 220, 221 (UC)