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Recommended GE Courses for Biology Majors

The courses listed below have been approved for GE Area A1:

  • COMM 100 Public Speaking 
  • COMM 104 Interpersonal Communication 

The courses listed below have been approved for GE Area A2

  • ENGL 101 College Writing: Stretch II 
  • ENGL 102 Accelerated College Writing 
  • ENGL 104 College Writing: Stretch II (English for Speakers of Other Languages) 

The course listed below has been approved for GE Area A3:

  • PHIL 100 Workshop in Critical Thinking 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area B1 and may be of particular interest to biology majors. (Courses marked with a star have a B3 laboratory component or a B3 co-requisite course.) To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area B1.

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I *
  • GEOL 100 Earth Systems Science * (Sustainability Overlay)
  • PHYS 115 Elementary Physics *
  • PHYS 125 Principles of Physics I *
  • PHYS 126 Principles of Physics II *
  • PHYS 135 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I *

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area B2 and may be of particular interest to biology majors. (Courses marked with a star have a B3 laboratory component or a B3 co-requisite course.) To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area B2.

  • BIOL 140A Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology* 
  • BIOL 270 Human Anatomy & Physiology I*

 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area B3 and may be of particular interest to biology majors. To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area B3.

  • BIOL 140A Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • BIOL 270 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 
  • GEOL 100 Earth Systems Science 
  • PHYS 115 Elementary Physics 
  • PHYS 125 Principles of Physics I 
  • PHYS 126 Principles of Physics II 
  • PHYS 135 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area B4 and may be of particular interest to biology majors. To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area B4.

  • MATH 120 Precalculus 
  • MATH 130 Calculus I   

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area C1 and may be of particular interest to biology majors. To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area C1.

  • ART 100 Fundamentals of Drawing  
  • ART 101 Photography I  
  • ART 111 Sculpture I    
  • ART 172 Painting I 
  • ART 225 Art and Social Engagement (Social Justice Overlay)
  • ENGL 106 Academic Vocabulary Development 
  • THEA 110 Discover Acting 
  • THEA 150 Improvisation for Life, Stage and Wellbeing 
  • THEA 231 Creating Theatre from Personal Experience  
  • THEA 242 From Stage to Screen: Dramas and the Films They Inspired 
  • THEA 245 Secrets of Backstage Production   
  • THEA 255 Acting on Camera 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area C2 and that may be of particular interest to biology majors. To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area C2.

  • COMM 266 Digital Media Production Abroad 
  • ENGL 105 College Reading for Fluency 
  • HIST 140 Humanity, Science and Nature in History 
  • HIST 277 Science and Culture in the History of Medicine in the United States (Second Composition)
  • HSC 130 Health Humanities 
  • HSC 270 Investigating Disease Outbreaks and Epidemics (Social Justice Overlay)
  • PHIL 211 Introduction to Ethics  

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area D3 and that may be of particular interest to biology majors. To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area D1-3.

  • ANTH 100 Introduction to Anthropology 
  • CS 230 Computing and Social Responsibility 
  • ECON 106 Urban Policy, Social Justice, and the Environment 
  • ENVT 101 Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century (Sustainability Overlay)
  • GEOG 120 Human Geography: Diversity and Globalization 
  • GEOG 125 World Regions and Development 
  • GEOG 200 Sustainable Resource Management 
  • HOS 205 Tourism Management 
  • HOS 230 Sustainable Global Tourism Development (Sustainability Overlay)
  • HOS 297 Food & Culture (Social Justice Overlay)
  • INTS 101 Introduction to International Studies 
  • KIN 160 Introduction to Kinesiology  
  • POSC 101 American Political Institutions (US-1 and US-2)
  • POSC 102 Public Policy/California Politics (US-1 and US-3)
  • POSC 150 Conflict in World Politics 
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology 
  • REC 100 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism, Recreation, and Recreation Therapy 
  • REC 235 Leisure, Self, and Society 
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area E and that may be of particular interest to biology majors. To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area E.

  • EPSY 101 Career Planning For College Students 
  • FIN 230 Personal Finance 
  • GS 101A Foundations of Success I 
  • GS 101B Foundations of Success II 
  • GS 201 Leadership 
  • GS 202 Peer Mentor Practicum 
  • GS 305 Advanced Peer Mentor Practicum 
  • GS 321 General Studies for Students in Special Transfer Programs I 
  • GS 322 Strategies for Success in College and Career II 
  • GS 331 Community Engagement and Leadership Seminar for GANAS I (Social Justice Overlay)
  • GS 332 Community Engagement and Leadership Seminar for GANAS II (Social Justice Overlay)  
  • GS 401 Approaches to Tutoring for Learning 
  • HOS 235 Introduction to Community Engagement  
  • HOS 299 Professionalism & Etiquette (Diversity Overlay)
  • HOS 435 Advanced Community Engagement 
  • KIN 110 Beginning Activities: Circuit Training 
  • KIN 112 Beginning Activities: Fitness Training 
  • KIN 114 Beginning Activities: Weight Training 
  • KIN 133 Beginning Activities: Relaxation 
  • KIN 147 Beginning Activities: Indoor Soccer  
  • KIN 155 Beginning Activities: Table Tennis 
  • KIN 156 Beginning Activities: Ultimate 
  • KIN 210 Intermediate Activities: Weight Training 
  • KIN 211 Intermediate Activities: Circuit Training 
  • KIN 212 Intermediate Activities: Fitness Training 
  • KIN 238 Intermediate Activities: Kick Boxing 
  • KIN 240 Intermediate Activities: Varied Activities 
  • KIN 241 Intermediate Activities: Aerobic Conditioning 
  • KIN 261 Competition Conditioning 
  • KIN 265 CPR and First Aid 
  • LIBY 200 Topics in Information Literacy 
  • LIBY 210 Introduction to Information Literacy Skills 
  • LIBY 220 Information Literacy Skills 
  • REC 360 Foundations in Recreation Therapy 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area B6 and that may be of particular interest to biology majors. To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area B6. Please note, Biology majors cannot take a biology course to satisfy this GE requirement.

  • ANTH 310 Evolutionary Biology of Humans 
  • ANTH 311 Human Fossil Record 
  • CHEM 301 Chemistry Connections 
  • CHEM 304 Chemistry of Wine Making 
  • CHEM 306 Green Chemistry and Sustainability 
  • ECON 380 Managerial Economics and Business Strategy (Sustainability Overlay)
  • ECON 383 Game-Theoretic Reasoning: The Science of Interactive Behavior  
  • ENSC 320 The Science of Global Change (Sustainability Overlay)
  • ENSC 330 Weather and the Atmosphere (Sustainability Overlay)
  • ENVT 340 Climate Change (Sustainability Overlay)
  • ENVT 445 Water and Watershed Resources 
  • ENVT 447 Energy, Climate and Society (Sustainability Overlay)
  • ES 308 Cultures of Habitat (Sustainability Overlay)
  • GEOG 450 Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 
  • GEOL 310 Geology of the Western National Parks 
  • GEOL 325 Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics  
  • GEOL 340 The Oceans  (Sustainability Overlay)
  • HSC 300 Environmental Health (Sustainability Overlay)
  • HSC 327 Genes and Human Health 
  • HSC 435 Life Course Perspective on Health 
  • INDE 390 Human Factors and Work Methods 
  • KIN 461 Exercise and Well-Being 
  • MATH 318 Mathematical Contributions to Modern Society 
  • MATH 319 Mathematics in Art and Architecture 
  • MGMT 350 Decision Science 
  • PHYS 301 Physics Connections 
  • PHYS 303 Biophysics  
  • PHYS 304 Acoustics 
  • PHYS 307 Social Impact Through Sustainable Solar Design (Sustainability Overlay)
  • PHYS 308 Sustainable Energy Systems (Sustainability Overlay)
  • PHYS 337 Extrasolar Planets 
  • PHYS 338 The Cosmos 
  • PHYS 339 Stars and Galaxies 
  • PSYC 386 Stress and Coping 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for GE Area D4 and that may be of particular interest to biology majors. To see the complete list of courses approved for GE Area D4.

  • ANTH 300 Anthropology of Global Change 
  • ANTH 312 Primate Behavioral Ecology 
  • ANTH 334 Human Sexuality: Anthropological Perspectives 
  • ANTH 350 Indians of California 
  • ANTH 372 Medical Anthropology (Diversity Overlay)
  • ENVT 330 Environment, Sustainability, and Social Justice (Sustainability Overlay)
  • ENVT 465 Sustainable Communities and Development (Sustainability Overlay)
  • ES 327 Decolonize Your Diet (Sustainability Overlay)
  • GEOG 330 Historical Geography of North America 
  • GEOG 350 California 
  • GEOG 351 United States and Canada 
  • GEOG 455 Sustainable Food Systems (Sustainability Overlay)
  • GEOG 465 Sustainable Communities and Development (Sustainability Overlay)
  • HDEV 380 Lifespan Human Development  
  • HIST 382 California and the World (US-3)
  • HSC 362 Environmental Health Policy 
  • HSC 440 Global Health and Disability (Social Justice Overlay)
  • POSC 345 International Law 
  • POSC 350 World Problems and Global Response 
  • POSC 352 International Security in the 21st Century 
  • POSC 354 American Foreign Policy 
  • POSC 355 The United Nations and World Community 
  • REC 300 Wellness Through Leisure 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for Second Composition and that may be of particular interest to biology majors. To see the complete list of courses approved for the Second Composition requirement, click Second Composition Courses

  • ENGL 200 College Writing II
  • HIST 277 Science and Culture in the History of Medicine in the United States 
  • PHYS 230 Physical Reasoning 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for the Diversity (and Cultural Groups and Women) Overlay requirement and that may be of particular interest to biology majors. Please note, since the overlay requirements can be double-counted with a second GE requirement, the GE Area toward which these Diversity Overlay courses can simultaneously count are indicated in parentheses. To see the complete list of courses approved for the Diversity (or CGW) requirement, click Add to Folder Share Print-Friendly PageHelp Diversity Overlay Courses

  • ANTH 342 Language and Sexuality (D4)
  • ANTH 372 Medical Anthropology (D4)
  • ES 347 Black Sexualities (D4)
  • HSC 250 Health Disparities and Health Equity 
  • KIN 270 Women and Sport (D1-3)
  • PHIL 324 Philosophy and Sex (C4)
  • SOC 340 Sociology of Gender 
  • SOC 370 Sociology of Education 
  • SOC 460 Marriage and Sex 
  • WOST 102 Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
  • WOST 402 Women’s Bodies and Health 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for the Social Justice Overlay requirement and that may be of particular interest to biology majors. Please note, since the overlay requirements can be double-counted with a second GE requirement, the GE Area toward which these Social Justice Overlay courses can simultaneously count are indicated in parentheses. To see the complete list of courses approved for the Social Justice requirement, click Social Justice Overlay Courses

  • ANTH 342 Language and Sexuality (D4)
  • BIOL 335 Humans: Health and Disease (B6)
  • ES 365 Asian American and Pacific Islander Environmental Voices (C4)
  • ES 384 Interracial Sex and Marriage (C4)
  • GS 331 Community Engagement and Leadership Seminar for GANAS I (E)
  • GS 332 Community Engagement and Leadership Seminar for GANAS II (E)
  • HSC 270 Investigating Disease Outbreaks and Epidemics (C2)
  • HSC 440 Global Health and Disability (D4) 
  • KIN 315 Sport, Culture, and Power (D4)
  • KIN 489 Sport, Racism, and Ethnicity (D4)
  • NURS 450 Community Health Nursing 
  • PHIL 310 Ethics (C4)
  • PHIL 312 Bioethics (C4)
  • SOC 320 Social Inequalities 
  • SOC 413 Medical Sociology 
  • SOC 433 Community Engagement 

The courses listed below are a select list of courses that have been approved for the Sustainability Overlay requirement and that may be of particular interest to biology majors. Please note, since the overlay requirements can be double-counted with a second GE requirement, the GE Area toward which these Sustainability Overlay courses can simultaneously count are indicated in parentheses. To see the complete list of courses approved for the Sustainability requirement, click Sustainability Overlay Courses

  • BIOL 334 Humans and the Living Planet (B6)
  • CHEM 106 Chemistry and Society (B1)
  • ENGL 342 Environmental Literature (C4)
  • ENSC 220 Warming Planet, Rising Seas, and Global Change (B1)
  • ENSC 235 Disasters on Earth and in Hollywood (B1)
  • ENSC 240 Environmental Biology (B2)
  • ENSC 250 Oil, Water and Future Earth (B1)
  • ENSC 280 Humans and the Environment in California (B1)
  • ENSC 320 The Science of Global Change (B6)
  • ENSC 330 Weather and the Atmosphere (B6)
  • ENSC 340 The Oceans (B6)
  • ENSC 350 Environmental Hydrology  
  • ENSC 414 Hazardous Waste Management 
  • ENSC 420 Global Change 
  • ENVT 101 Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century (D1-3)
  • ENVT 330 Environment, Sustainability, and Social Justice (D4)
  • ENVT 340 Climate Change (B6)
  • ENVT 465 Sustainable Communities and Development (D4)
  • ES 302 Eating The Landscape (C4)
  • ES 308 Cultures of Habitat (B6)
  • ES 327 Decolonize Your Diet (D4) 
  • GEOG 447 Energy, Climate and Society (B6)
  • GEOG 455 Sustainable Food Systems (D4)
  • GEOG 465 Sustainable Communities and Development (D4)
  • GEOL 100 Earth Systems Science (B1,B3)
  • GEOL 101 Introduction to the Earth Sciences (B1)
  • GEOL 120 Introduction to Oceanography (B1)
  • GEOL 230 Natural Disasters (B1)
  • HIST 333 Sustainability in the Ancient World (C4)
  • HOS 230 Sustainable Global Tourism Development (D1-3)
  • HSC 300 Environmental Health (B6)
  • PHIL 311 Environmental Ethics (C4)
  • PHYS 106 Physics for Future Leaders (B1)
  • PHYS 107 Science of Energy (B1)
  • PHYS 307 Social Impact Through Sustainable Solar Design (B6)
  • PHYS 308 Sustainable Energy Systems (B6)
  • REC 110 Foundations of Sustainability in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism 
  • REC 340 Sustainable Facilities, Parks and Open Space 
  • SOC 355 Global Society 
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