College of Biological Sciences
Total Units. Complete no less than 180 units allowing for the unit credit limitations listed below. No student may exceed 225 units in their academic career without approval of the Dean. Units earned in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams are not counted toward this 225-unit limit. Upon reaching 200 units, a student must submit a quarter-by-quarter graduation plan to the Biology Academic Success Center or a hold will be placed on his/her registration.
Credit for Open Campus (Concurrent) Courses. Students may apply credit for courses taken in the Open Campus (Concurrent) Program through UC Davis Extension towards the 180-unit undergraduate degree requirement. The grade points earned when enrolled in Open Campus courses will count toward the calculation of a student's UC GPA upon his/her admission or readmission to regular student status at UC Davis. However, the units earned do not satisfy the university residence requirement. Students registered at UC Davis may not enroll in Open Campus courses.
Students must attain at least a 2.000 GPA for all courses required in their major. Students must also attain a 2.000 GPA in all Depth Subject Matter courses required in their major. Students who fail to maintain a 2.000 GPA in courses required for their major over two consecutive quarters may be required to withdraw from the major.
1. Completing 8 units, to include 4 upper division units, in English composition courses with at least a C- or Passed grade from the following list: Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, 4, English 3, Native American Studies 5, University Writing Program 1, 18, 19, 101, 102 series, or 104 series.
2. Passing the English Composition Examination, administered by the Entry Level Writing program, upon completion of 70 units of degree credit. This examination does not yield credit. Students interested in entering the health science field should check with the Health Professions Advising office or the Biology Academic Success Center before choosing this option.
English Composition Examination.
The no-fee, no-unit examination is typically offered on a Saturday in October, January,
If students choose to take this challenge exam, they are strongly advised to do so in their junior year. Register for the English Composition Examination at http://writing.ucdavis.edu/compexam/ from the Monday before the exam date until Friday at noon or until no spaces remain. The AWPE/Upper-Division Composition Examination form, available at the UC Davis Bookstore, is required. It is recommended that students with disabilities contact the Student Disability Center 530-752-3184 and the University Writing Program 530-752-6283 at least two weeks prior to the exam date to arrange accommodations. No examinations are given during the summer.
Bachelor of Arts degrees are available in Biological Sciences; Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity; Microbiology; and Plant Biology. These degrees offer students an opportunity to broaden their education while pursuing a rigorous life science major.
1. Foreign Language. The requirement can be met in one of three ways:
2. Breadth Requirements. Satisfaction of the campus General Education requirement (or IGETC for transfer students) in effect Fall 2011 will satisfy the Breadth requirement. Students that matriculated prior to Fall 2011 have the option of completing the Breadth Requirement specified in the College of Biological Sciences regulations prior to this revision. Completion of a minor in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts can offer structure and coherence to the courses selected for satisfaction of the requirement.
Students must declare a major by 90 units. A hold will be placed on a student's registration if he/she is still undeclared after completing 90 UC Davis units.
Students who are enrolled in a major administered by the College of Biological Sciences and students who are Undeclared-Life Sciences see a staff adviser in the Biology Academic Success Center for their major, university, general education, and college academic advising. Master faculty advisers are also available in the department that houses their major, as listed in the catalog, or at the Biology Academic Success Center.
Students are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser at least once a year to ensure timely graduation. Students are required to consult a Biology Academic Success Center academic adviser at three points in their academic careers:
On occasion, the faculty makes changes in the requirements that students must satisfy to obtain the baccalaureate degree. So that you will not be penalized by changes that may work to your disadvantage and so that you will benefit by changes that assist you in completing your degree requirements, it is college policy that you may choose to fulfill the university and college requirements (see General Education Requirement for an exception) as stated in any UC Davis General Catalog in effect at the time you were registered at UC Davis. If you have transferred to UC Davis from a community college, state college, or another university, you may follow the requirements as stated in any UC Davis General Catalog in effect either during the three years immediately preceding your transfer to UC Davis or at the time you first registered at that institution, whichever is most recent. Once you have chosen the year of the General Catalog under which you wish to be governed, you must satisfy all of the university and college requirements specified in that catalog.
With respect to the completion of your major requirements, most of the majors in the College of Biological Sciences require completion of the major degree requirements in effect at the time you officially declared your major. However, because departments differ in how they handle these matters, check with the department or major program office if you have any questions about which requirements apply to you.
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