Biology Curriculum

Marymount California University offers three different degrees in general biology, a Bachelor of Arts*, a Bachelor of Science*, and a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in biology. These three degrees share a large number of courses and requirements, but differ in some key areas. The choice of which degree depends in large part on what type of career a student is interested in pursuing after graduation.

Biology BA Required Courses

Liberal Education Core GE Requirements

Lower Division 35-43 units

Required Biology BA Core Courses (72-74 units)
SCI 240 General Biology I (4)
SCI 241 General Biology II (4)
SCI 242 General Biology III (4)
SCI 220 General Chemistry I (5)
SCI 221 General Chemistry II (5)
SCI 200 General Physics I (4) and
SCI 201 General Physics II (4) OR
SCI 230 Physics with Calculus I (5) and
SCI 231 Physics with Calculus II (5)
MTH 109 Trigonometry (3)
MTH 105 College Algebra (4) OR
MTH 110 Precalculus (4)
MTH 120 Calculus for Managerial Life and Social Sciences (4) OR
MTH 130 Calculus I (4)
SCI 315 Organic Chemistry I (5)
SCI 316 Organic Chemistry II (5)
SCI 320 Biochemistry (4)
SCI 342 Biology Seminar (3)
SCI 350 Genomics (3)
SCI 380 Molecular Biology (5)
SCI 497 Science Capstone I (3)
SCI 498 Science Capstone II (3)
Biology BA Electives (7 units minimum)

At least 3 units must be upper division (300-400 level)

SCI 130 Human Anatomy (4)
SCI 132 Biology of Animals (4)
SCI 133 Human Physiology (4)
SCI 135 Anatomy and Physiology (4)
SCI 136 Medical Terminology (1)
SCI 140 Plants and Civilization (4)
SCI 150 Microbiology (4)
Not eligible for degree if SCI 330 taken
SCI 160 Marine Biology (4)
SCI 170 + 170L Ecology of Humans (3) and Lab (1)
SCI 233 Science of Human Performance (3)
SCI 246 Nutrition (3)
SCI 321Biochemistry II Lab (2)
SCI 330 Biology of Microorganisms (4)
SCI 333 Exercise Physiology (3)
SCI 334 Ergogenic Aids in Sports (3)
SCI 340 Cell Biology (3)
SCI 341Techniques in Biology Laboratory (2)
SCI 395/495 Independent Study (1)
SCI 440 Immunology (3)
SCI 442 Developmental Biology (3)

Biology BS Required Courses

Liberal Education Core GE Requirements

Lower Division 35-43 units

Required Biology BS Core Courses (76-78 units)
SCI 240 General Biology I (4)
SCI 241 General Biology II (4)
SCI 242 General Biology III (4)
SCI 220 General Chemistry I (5)
SCI 221 General Chemistry II (5)
SCI 200 General Physics I (4) and
SCI 201 General Physics II (4) OR
SCI 230 Physics with Calculus I (5) and
SCI 231 Physics with Calculus II (5)
MTH 109 Trigonometry (3)
MTH 110 Precalculus (4)
MTH 130 Calculus I (4)
SCI 315 Organic Chemistry I (5)
SCI 316 Organic Chemistry II (5)
SCI 320 Biochemistry (4)
SCI 321Biochemistry Lab (2)
SCI 341 Techniques in Biology Laboratory (2)
SCI 342 Biology Seminar (3)
SCI 350 Genomics (3)
SCI 380 Molecular Biology (5)
SCI 497 Science Capstone I (3)
SCI 498 Science Capstone II (3)
Biology BS Electives (13 units minimum)

At least 9 units must be upper division (300-400 level)

SCI 130 Human Anatomy (4)
SCI 132 Biology of Animals (4)
SCI 133 Human Physiology (4)
SCI 135 Anatomy and Physiology (4)
SCI 136 Medical Terminology (1)
SCI 140 Plants and Civilization (4)
SCI 150 Microbiology (4)
Not eligible for degree if SCI 330 taken
SCI 160 Marine Biology (4)
SCI 170 + 170L Ecology of Humans (3) and Lab (1)
SCI 233 Science of Human Performance (3)
SCI 246 Nutrition (3)
SCI 330 Biology of Microorganisms (4)
SCI 333 Exercise Physiology (3)
SCI 334 Ergogenic Aids in Sports (3)
SCI 340 Cell Biology (3)
SCI 395/495 Independent Study (1)
SCI 440 Immunology (3)
SCI 442 Developmental Biology (3)

Liberal Arts Degree with Emphasis in Biology

Liberal Education Core GE Requirements

Lower Division 35-43 units

Biology Emphasis

Lower division required:
SCI 115* Fundamentals of Chemistry (5) OR
SCI 220 General Chemistry (5)
SCI 240 General Biology I (4)
SCI 241 General Biology II (4)
SCI 242 General Biology III (4)
Elective Credits: 12 units of which at least 6 must be upper division
SCI 130 Human Anatomy (4)
SCI 132 Biology of Animals (4)
SCI 133 Human Physiology (4)
SCI 136 Medical Terminology (1)
SCI 160 Marine Biology (4)
SCI 170 Ecology of Humans (3) Lab optional
SCI 233 Science of Human Performance (3)
SCI 246 Nutrition (3)
SCI 320 Biochemistry (4)
SCI 330 Biology of Microorganisms (4)
SCI 333 Exercise Physiology (3)
SCI 340 Cell Biology (3)
SCI 341Techniques in Biology Laboratory (2)
SCI 350 Genomics (3)
SCI 380 Molecular Biology (5)
SCI 440 Immunology (3)
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