Jun 23, 2018  
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Science, Ecology and Conservation Biology Option, B.S.

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Program Description

Biology is concerned with living matter in all its forms, responses, and interactions. It deals with the study of anything that has been or is alive: microbes, all plants, and all animals, including humans. The science of biology includes a large number of highly integrated sub-disciplines such as microbiology, genetics, ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics, and behavior. Biologists must draw upon a wide variety of academic disciplines to make observations and draw conclusions, and well-trained biologists have solid backgrounds in chemistry, mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics, and the humanities, as required by graduate programs and professional schools, to meet the demands of professions in the life sciences.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a diversified curriculum in the life sciences. Courses are designed for biology majors with specific degree objectives, for students seeking applied technical training, and for non-major students with general interest in biological subjects. Undergraduate programs will prepare students for both graduate work and for a diversity of careers. Biology majors may enter specialized or general careers in life science and find themselves working in laboratories, offices, the field, farms, administrative posts, academic institutions, industry, government agencies, private foundations, botanic gardens and zoos, wildlife preserves, and elsewhere.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.S. or B.A. in Biological Science from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

1. demonstrate how evolutionary processes give rise to the diversity and unity of life, from genomes to ecosystems;
2. explain the relationship between structure and function across all levels of biological organization, from ions to ecosystems;
3. clearly communicate biological information in a variety of formats (written, oral, graphical, computational) using a style appropriate for the intended audience;
4. apply methods of scientific inquiry-specifically, students will be able to formulate testable hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and report conclusions;
5. gather, interpret, and evaluate published scientific information.

Career Possibilities

  • Administrator

  • Biotechnologist

  • Botanist

  • Cell Biologist

  • Consultant

  • Dentist

  • Ecologist

  • Entomologist

  • Environmentalist

  • Genetic Engineer

  • Physiologist

  • Geneticist

  • Health Scientist

  • Lab Assistant

  • Marine Biologist

  • Medical Doctor

  • Medical Technologist

  • Pharmacologist

  • Physical Therapist

  • Population Biologist

  • Researcher

  • Teacher

  • Space Biologist

  • Technical Sales

  • Technical Writer

  • Toxicologist

  • Veterinarian

  • Zoologist


Classes are offered on the Hayward campus in well-equipped facilities, at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories located on Monterey Bay, and at a number of field locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including the South San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Field Station, and the Garin Reserve adjacent to campus.

A program in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences is offered to qualify students for California hospital traineeships which lead to state licensure as medical technologists.


A student who has successfully completed an advanced placement course in biology in high school and has earned a score of “3,” “4” or “5” on the Advanced Placement Examination will be granted 10 units of credit in place of BIOL 1001-BIOL 1002 and BIOL 2040 or, if student is a Biology Major, 10 units in place of BIOL 1401 and BIOL 1403. No Advanced Placement credit is given for BIOL 1402.

Prerequisite courses for all Biology courses must be passed with a grade of “C-” or better. All requests for Grade Forgiveness are subject to space availability, with priority given to newly enrolled students.

Marine Science

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Cal State East Bay does not offer an undergraduate degree in Marine Science. These undergraduate courses may fulfill major requirements for qualified upper division and graduate students. Please consult your major department. Such students can plan their academic schedules to provide for one or more terms at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and will be considered as in-residence at Cal State East Bay. Because Moss Landing Marine Laboratories operates on the semester system, careful planning is required for scheduling these semester unit courses. Students may also take one or two all-day courses at Moss Landing to supplement their on-campus schedule. (The Admissions Office has information for concurrent registration.)

For additional information on the Marine Sciences program at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, see Marine Science in the Graduate section of this catalog.

Major Requirements (B.S.)

The B.S. degree should be considered by students anticipating careers in biology or the health sciences that require graduate school, professional school, or specialized training programs such as biotechnology and medical technology. All students wishing to enter medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or biomedical laboratory positions should obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. Students wishing to teach in secondary schools may want to consider the B.A. degree. The B.S. degree requires a minimum of 180 units; 187 units with the Forensic Science Option.

Note: Requirements are subject to change, so consult your advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements. Because the upper division requirements of the B.S. degree are not large, students also need to carefully track their progress toward the 60 upper division units required for graduation.

For the B.S. degree, students must select an option.

Ecology and Conservation Biology Option (101-108 units)

III. Concentration Courses (24 units)

Ecology Courses

Select at least one course (minimum 4 units) from the following:

Organismal/Systematics Courses

Select at least 20 units from the following (can include one course from the “Ecology Courses” listed above):

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.

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