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Undergraduate Requirements: Geobiology Track

For those students with an interest in geobiology, there are options to either be associated with the Biology and Biological Engineering or the GPS division. This association formally affects some of the course requirements that are needed to satisfy the undergraduate degree.

In addition to the core requirements, a GPS major with a Geobiology track must include the following courses. Similar to En/Wr 84, Bi 24 satisfies both the writing and speaking requirements, (3) and (4), above. Additionally, for the geobiology track, Bi/CNS/NB 195 or Be/Bi 103a can be substituted for the Ma 3 or Ge/Ay 117 courses for requirement (6) above.

  1. Ch 41abc
  2. Ch/Bi 110a or Ch/Bi 110b
  3. Bi 8 and Bi 9
  4. At least 9 units of laboratory instruction selected from the following: Bi 10, Ch 7, Ch 8, Ch 15, Ge 116, Ge 120a, Ge 120b
  5. Any 6 electives from the geobiology core courses: Bi 117, Bi 122, ESE/Bi 166, ESE/Bi 168, Ge/ESE/Bi 178, Ge 112, Ge/ESE 143, Ge 124a, Ge 124b
  6. 9 additional unit in Ge, Bi, Ch, or ESE.

1For example, Bi 24, E 11, or En/Wr 84

Typical course schedules are given for information only; in many cases is it possible to take courses in different years or in a different order.

Typical Course Schedule Units per term
1st 2nd  3rd
Second Year
Ma 2 & other Sophomore mathematics 9 9
Ph 2 a, c Sophomore physics 9 9
Ge 11 abc Intro. to Earth and Planetary Sci. 9 9 9
Bi/BE 24 Writing and oral presentation 6
Bi 8 Introduction to Molecular Biology 9
Bi 9 Cell Biology 9
Bi 10 Cell Biology Laboratory 6
HSS electives 9 9 9
Total units: 36 36 48
Third Year
Ch/Bi 110a Intro. to Biochemistry 12
Ge 124 ab Paleomagnetism 15
Scientific Writing 3
Ch 41 abc Organic Chemistry 9 9 9
HSS electives 9 9 9
Geobiology electives 9
Total units: 30 30 42
Fourth Year
ESE/Bi 166 Microbial Physiology 9
ESE/Bi 168 Microbial Metabolic Diversity 9
Ge/ESE/Bi 178 Microbial Ecology 9
Ge 143 Organic Geochemistry 9
Bi 122 Genetics 9
Ge 112 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 12
Ge 116 Analytical Laboratory Techniques 9
HSS electives 9 9 9
Geobiology electives 9
Total units: 39 27 36

Passing grades must be earned in a total of 486 units, including courses listed above. Any student whose grade-point average in science and mathematics courses is less than 1.9 at the end of an academic year may be refused permission to register in the geological and planetary science options.