The Bachelor of Science in Biology offers personal and academic fulfillment and growth as students discover the amazing world of biology. This degree prepares students for graduate and professional study, careers in life science education, research, health sciences, and applied biology. The BS Biology provides a solid foundation in all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems. Such a comprehensive curriculum is crucial to meeting modern challenges in science, which include new and emerging diseases, rapid advances in our understanding of genetics, physiology and biodiversity, threats to species and ecosystem functioning, and global population increase and sustainability. A degree in biology is common preparation for careers in the various medical professions, genetics, molecular and cell biology, biotechnology, microbiology, conservation biology, evolutionary biology, ecology, animal and plant science, as well as science writing, editing and education. Students who wish to include an interdisciplinary approach to their academic training should look closely at the benefits provided by this major. In addition to meeting requirements for BS Biology, this degree allows for the integration of study in the life sciences with coursework in the physical and earth sciences, as well as applied fields such as forensics. Furthermore, in keeping with the commitment of the College of Letters and Sciences to the complete academic development of its students, science courses involve writing and diversity components, as well as fundamental critical thinking components.
Bachelor of Science in Biology to Master of Forensic Science Transition Program
The BS Biology to MFS transition program allows students who are enrolled in the BS Biology with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and who are within completing their last six courses to register for two courses in the MFS program as electives for the bachelor's degree. The two graduate courses are restricted to those that do not require a prerequisite. Students must complete all transition program coursework with a grade of B or better. The number of courses required to earn an MFS degree for transition program students is reduced from 12 to as few as 10 courses. Graduate-level coursework taken as part of the Biology program cannot be applied as graduate credit to the Master of Forensic Science program, nor will it transfer as graduate level credit to any other university because it becomes part of the undergraduate degree program. Students must enroll in and complete the first class in the Master's degree within 6 months of the conferral date of their undergraduate degree. The MFS program must be completed within 4 years with no break in enrollment of 12 months or more. Further rules and requirements for Transition programs are located in the university catalog.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Discuss biological processes at all of levels of organization: molecular, cellular and microbial, organismal, population, and ecosystem.
- Explain the importance of unifying concepts in biology, including cell theory, genetics, and evolution.
- Describe the structure and function of Earth's organisms, as well as their roles in the natural world.
- Apply the scientific method in laboratory-based and field-based inquiry.
- Demonstrate effective oral, visual, and written communication and quantitative skills, including the critical analysis of data and scientific literature.
- Demonstrate computer and technology literacy, including the ability to access databases within the context of course research and project development.
- Evaluate historical developments and research in biology, as well as current and contemporary research and challenges.
To receive a Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and evaluation.
* Completion of BIO 100, 100A, 201, 201A, 202, 202A, 203, 203A is equivalent to the course sequence BIO 161, 162, 163, 169A for fulfillment of the BS Biology degree.
Preparation for the Major (16-17 courses; 60-61.5 quarter units)
- MTH 210 Probability and Statistics
- MTH 215 College Algebra & Trigonometry
- MTH 216A College Algebra I
- MTH 216B College Algebra II
- CHE 141 General Chemistry 1
- CHE 142 General Chemistry 2
- CHE 143 General Chemistry 3
- BIO 161 General Biology 1
- BIO 162 General Biology 2
- BIO 163 General Biology 3
- PHS 171 General Physics 1
- PHS 172 General Physics 2
- PHS 173 General Physics 3
- CHE 150 Introductory Organic Chemistry
- CHE 150A Introductory Organic Chem Lab
- BIO 169A General Biology Lab
- CHE 149A General Chemistry Laboratory
- PHS 179A General Physics Lab
- BIO 330 Ecology
- BIO 305 Genetics
- BIO 310 Evolution
- BIO 406 Cellular Biology
- BIO 406A Cellular Biology Lab
- BIO 407 Molecular Biology
- BIO 407A Molecular Biology Lab
- BIO 414 Invertebrate Zoology
- BIO 414A Invertebrate Zoology Lab
- BIO 416 Vertebrate Zoology
- BIO 416A Vertebrate Zoology Laboratory
- BIO 440 Botany
- BIO 420 Animal Behavior
- BIO 450 Natural History of California
- BIO 480 Studies in Field Biology
- CHE 350 Organic Chemistry I
- CHE 351 Organic Chemistry II
- CHE 360 Biochemistry I
- CHE 361 Biochemistry II
- EES 322 Oceanography
- EES 335 Environmental Science
- MTH 317 Mathematical Modeling
- SCI 303 GIS: Geographic Info Systems
- SCI 400 History of Science
- SCI 490 Guided Study
- FSC 630 Forensic Pathology I
- FSC 633 Advanced Forensic Toxicology
- FSC 634 Forensic Serology and DNA
- FSC 635 Forensic Anthropology
- FSC 642 Forensic Pathology II