The Department of Biological Sciences provides curricula leading to a BS Biological Sciences with a teaching credential

You will be exposed to the major areas of the biological sciences so you may make a well-informed choice of specialization in post-baccalaureate study or career. Preparation for admission to the undergraduate program should include high school work in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, biology, chemistry and physics.

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, 25 and 41 (Astronomy)
  • Geosciences GEOS 51 (Physical Geology) and 53 (Geologic Evolution of the Earth)
  • Mathematics Two courses above MATH 33 (AP credits may be accepted for MATH 51 and 53)
  • General Biology BIOL 51 and 61 (2 semesters)
  • Genetics BIOL 101
  • Cell Biology BIOL 153
  • Ecology BIOL 175
  • Evolution BIOL 179


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Department of Biological Sciences

College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211