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    For students entering in 2023-24
Biological Sciences (B.S.) Suggested 4-year Plan

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» Biological Sciences (B.S.): Suggested 4-year Plan for 2023-24

How to Use your 4-year Plan

  • This is a suggested 4-year plan for your major and not meant to replace regular academic advising.
  • The plan is flexible and can be changed to accommodate studying abroad, a second major/minor(s) or AP/IB credits.
  • You should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan that meets your interests and goals.
  • You must earn a minimum of 120 credits to graduate and 71 major-specific credits to earn a B.S. in Biological Sciences.
  • Transfer students and those seeking second majors should contact the program advisor for degree planning.
  • If you have any questions, contact schmidcollege@chapman.edu.

Suggested 4-year Plan

  • We encourage you to select your General Education (GE) and minor/second major/Themed Inquiry/Honors program around the plan below. Once you fill your GE classes around your major classes, you will have a better idea of space remaining each semester when choosing your Exploration Focus.
  • To be enrolled full time, you must take at least 12 credits a semester.
  • In order to graduate within 4 years, we recommend you take 30 credits a year.

Year 1

Fall Semester (14 credits for major)

  • FFC 100B First Year Foundations: Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  • MATH 110 Single Variable Calculus I (3 credits)*
  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry I (3 credits)*
  • CHEM 140L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)*
  • BIOL 204 From Molecules to Cells: Evolution of Life on Earth (Gen Biol I), Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)*

Spring Semester (14 credits for major)

  • BIOL 101 Introduction to the Biological Sciences Major (1 credit)
  • MATH 111 Single Variable Calculus II (3 credits)*
  • CHEM 150 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 150L General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 credit)
  • SCI 150 Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering I (1 credit)
  • BIOL 205 Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms (Gen Biol II), Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)

* These courses may be waived with appropriate test scores. You can find the test score requirements to waive these courses on the Biological Sciences Catalog page.

 


 

Year 2

Fall Semester (11-12 credits for major)

  • SCI 200 Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering II (1 credit)
  • CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHEM 230L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • CPSC 292 Introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis (3 credits)**
  • Biology Elective (3-4 credits)

Spring Semester (7-8 credits for major)

  • SCI 250 Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering III (1 credit)
  • MATH 303 Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • Biology Elective (3-4 credits)*

** This course may be waived with appropriate test scores. You can find the test score requirements to waive these courses on the Biological Sciences Catalog page.

*** You can find the list of electives for your area of study on the Biological Sciences Catalog Page. Biology requirements must total a minimum of 24 credits, of which 16 credits must be lab based. To complete the remaining 8 credits, students may take 2 or 3 courses, depending on the credits of the courses taken.

 



Year 3

If you are accepted into the Integrated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Food Science program, you should consult with their faculty advisor about graduate-level courses. These courses can be taken as part of the integrated program as electives in the undergraduate program.

Fall Semester (10-12 credits for major)

  • PHYS 107 General Physics for the Life Sciences I, Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)
  • Area of Study Elective (3-4 credits)
  • Area of Study Elective (3-4 credits)

Spring Semester (7-8 credits for major)

  • PHYS 108 General Physics for the Life Sciences II, Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)
  • Area of Study Elective (3-4 credits)

 


 

Year 4

Fall Semester (6-11 credits for major)

  • Area of Study Elective (3-4 credits)
  • Area of Study Elective (3-4 credits)
  • BIOL 498 Capstone Course for Biological Sciences Majors (3 credits)****

Spring Semester (3-7 credits for major)

  • BIOL 494 Senior Research: Data Analysis and Presentation (3 credits) or Area of Study Elective (3-4 credits)
  • BIOL 498 Capstone Course for Biological Sciences Majors (3 credits)****

**** BIOL 498 can be taken in either the Fall or Spring Semester of your fourth year.


 

Chapman Catalog

Biological Sciences (B.S.)


View all requirements, courses, and electives and elective groups on the Biological Sciences (B.S.) catalog page.