Life Sciences’ Lower-Division Curriculum

All students in Life Sciences, take a series of four Life Sciences Core Education courses (Life Sciences 7A, 7B, 7C and 23L), plus courses in chemistry, mathematics and physics. Depending on your academic preparation and choice of major, there are different lower-division course pathways you can take– all of which lead to an equally solid foundation in the life sciences, preparing you for your next step in life– whether that’s in healthcare, research, industry, policy, or teaching. For students who want to explore the many career options in Life Sciences, we highly suggest you take LS110: Career Exploration in the Life Sciences.

Undergraduates can declare a major as early as freshman year, but this isn’t required. By the end of sophomore year, most students will have chosen one of Life Sciences’ 12 majors that’s best suited to their interests. The foundational coursework is nearly the same for most Life Sciences majors; however as soon as students have a specific major in mind, they should check with a student affairs officer, to make sure that all their lower-division course requirements for that major are met.

Picking a Curriculum Pathway

For most Life Sciences majors (BiologyEcology, Behavior and EvolutionHuman Biology and SocietyIntegrative Biology and PhysiologyMarine BiologyMicrobiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics, and Molecular, Cell Developmental Biology) we’ve designed options to plan your four years of required course work.

Again, choosing the right pathway, depends on your academic preparation and choice of major. By the time you receive your degree, all pathways will appear the same to potential professional/graduate schools and employers. You should pick the path that will allow you to do well and succeed.