The Department of Biological Sciences provides curricula leading to a BS or a BA in Biological Sciences, a minor in Biological Sciences and a master's of science degree that will prepare students for entry into PhD programs. As the most popular major in the College, admission into these programs is highly competitive.

Programs of study are flexible to prepare students to pursue careers in advanced degrees in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, botany, microbiology, physiology or zoology. Our programs also prepare students for health-based professional fields that include dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, biotechnology, nursing or physical therapy. Faculty advisers closely interact with University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry admissions committees to facilitate student transition from pre-professional to professional programs.

General Requirements for Graduation:

  1. Declaration of major form on file
  2. Complete a minimum of 124 units
  3. Minimum grade point average of 2.0 or better
  4. A grade of D or better in all Biology courses taken for the major (see below)


Courses Requirements for Graduation:

A. General Education Requirements:

  • Three Pacific Seminars (Pacific Seminar I, II, and III)
  • Three courses under Category I - The Individual and Society (one in each subcategory)
  • Three courses under Category II - Human Heritage (one in each subcategory)
  • Three courses under Category III - The Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought (one in each subcategory)

B. Biology Major Requirements:

Required Courses:

  • General Chemistry - CHEM 25 and 27 (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry - CHEM 121 and 123 (2 semesters)
  • Physics - PHYS 23 and 25 (2 semesters)
  • Mathematics - Select one of the following: MATH 33, 37, 41, 45, 51, or 53
  • General Biology - BIOL 51 and 61 (2 semesters)
  • Genetics - BIOL 101
  • Ecology - BIOL 175


  • Six courses (numbered above BIOL 61, but not including BIOL 89 or BIOL 93)
  • A minimum of two of the electives must have a laboratory component
  • Only one course of BIOL 197 (undergraduate research) or BIOL 191 (independent study) can be counted


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Department of Biological Sciences

College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211