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Biological Sciences

The Biological Sciences minor provides an opportunity for students in programs outside of the College of Biological Sciences to complement their studies with a concentration in biology. Student in the minor experience the breadth of biology by taking courses in five core areas: molecular biology/ biochemistry, animal biology, plant biology, microbiology and ecology/evolution.

Requirements: 

18 units

    Complete at least 3 units from each of the five numbered groups to total at least 18 units. Appropriate alternative courses may be used with approval of an advisor.

    (1) Cell and Molecular Biology (3-4 units)

    • BIS 101 Genes and Gene Expression (4 units)
    • BIS 102 Structure and Function of Biomolecules (3 units)
    • BIS 105 Biomolecules and Metabolism (3 units)

    (2) Animal Biology (2-5 units)

    • ANT 151 Primate Evolution (4 units)
    • APC 100 Comparative Vertebrate Organology (4 units)
      • or NPB 123 Comparative Vertebrate Organology (4 units)
    • ENT 100 General Entomology (4 units)
    • EVE 105 Phylogenetic Analysis of Vertebrate Structure  (4 units)
    • EVE 112 Biology of Invertebrates  (3 units)
      • and EVE 112L Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory  (2 units)
    • NEM 100 General Plant Nematology (4 units)
    • NEM 110 Introduction to Nematology (2 units)
    • NPB 100 Neurobiology  (4 units)
    • NPB 101 Systemic Physiology (5 units)  
    • NPB 102 Animal Behavior (3 units)
    • NPB 117 Avian Physiology  (3 units)
    • WFC 110 Biology and Conservation of Wild Mammals  (3 units)
    • WFC 111 Biology and Conservation of Wild Birds (3 units)
    • WFC 120 Biology and Conservation of Fishes (3 units)

    (3) Microbiology (3-5 units)

    • MIC 101 Introductory Microbiology (5 units)
    • MIC 102 Introductory Microbiology (3 units)
    • MIC 162 General Virology (4 units)
    • PMI 128 Biology of Animal Viruses (3 units)
    • PLB 148 Introductory Mycology  (4 units)
      • or PLP 148 Introductory Mycology  (4 units)

    (4) Plant Biology (3-5 units)

    • PLS 144 Trees and Forests  (4 units)
    • PLB 105 Developmental Plant Anatomy (5 units)
    • PLB 111 Plant Physiology (3 units)
    • PLB 112 Plant Growth and Development  (3 units)
    • PLB 116 Plant Morphology and Evolution (5 units)
    • PLB 126 Plant Biochemistry (3 units)
    • PLB 148 Introductory Mycology (4 units)
      • or PLP 148 Introductory Mycology  (4 units)
    • PLS 141 Ethnobotany  (4 units)
    • PLS 171 Principles and Practices of Plant Propagation  (4 units)

    (5) Evolution and Ecology (3-5 units)

    • ANT 151 Primate Evolution  (4 units)
    • ANT 152 Human Evolution  (5 units)
    • ENT 100 General Entomology (4 units)
    • EVE 100 Introduction to Evolution (4 units)
    • EVE 101 Introduction to Ecology (4 units)
    • EVE 108 Systematics and Evolution of Angiosperms (5 units)
    • EVE 115 Marine Ecology (4 units)
    • EVE 117 Plant Ecology  (4 units)
    • EVE 119 Population Biology of Invasive Plants and Weeds (3 units)
    • EVE 138 Ecology of Tropical Latitudes (5 units)
    • EVE 140 Paleobotany  (4 units)
    • EVE 147 Biogeography  (4 units)
    • PLB 102 California Floristics (5 units)
    • PLB 108 Systematics and Evolution of Angiosperms  (5 units)
    • PLB 117 Plant Ecology (4 units)
    • PLB 119 Population Biology of Invasive Plants and Weeds (3 units)
    • PLB 143 Evolution of Crop Plants  (4 units)
    • PLP 150 Fungal Ecology  (3 units)
    • WFC 151 Wildlife Ecology  (4 units)

    Total = 18 units

    Minor Advisor

    Tori Hollowell
    trhollowell@ucdavis.edu
    530-752-0410