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Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

USA

What will I learn?

The majors leading to a B.S. in Biological Sciences are the most general of those offered by EEMB and MCDB. Students in either major take courses fulfilling requirements in several broad areas ranging from ecology to molecular biology, but can choose from a variety of courses in each area. In addition, the Biological Sciences majors allow a greater number of electives than the more specialized majors offered by the two departments. Students who wish to have the most flexibility in their choice of biology courses often choose a Biological Sciences B.S. major.

The Biological Sciences B.S. degree is more oriented toward science and math courses, with fewer General Education requirements.

The Majors

All students interested in any area of the biological sciences enter UCSB as pre-biological sciences majors. Pre-biology majors share a common core curriculum, typically completed during the freshman and sophomore years, consisting of introductory biology with laboratory, general chemistry with laboratory, mathematics, physics with laboratory, and for many of the majors, organic chemistry with laboratory. After completion of a subset of this key preparatory coursework, students may petition to declare the full major. Students are encouraged to work closely with faculty members who share their interests, and to seek assistance in program planning from the well-informed and helpful undergraduate advisors.

Careers in Biological Sciences

Modern biology is too comprehensive and complex a field for one person to master all sub-disciplines at the advanced level. Thus, most professional biologists specialize in a particular area. A considerable number of biology students pursue graduate study in an area of interest, finding that they can gain admission to any major university on the basis of their Biological Sciences major from UCSB.

Some students elect employment immediately upon graduation. These students secure positions with state or federal agencies, or begin careers in research or supervision within private industries such as pharmaceutical companies and environmental consulting firms.

The Biological Sciences majors and many of the specialized majors are excellent preparation for careers in the health sciences (dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and medical technology). The Health Professions Office in the College of Letters & Sciences advises and supports students from the beginning of their studies in biology to their entrance into health science graduate programs and professional schools.

Students interested in teaching biological sciences or conducting research at a college or university should plan to complete the PhD degree. Teaching at the junior high or high school (secondary) level requires the California single subject teaching credential. Students considering this last option should discuss their plans with the credential advisor in UCSB's Graduate School of Education early in their academic careers.

Admission to this major is contingent upon successful completion of all courses in preparation for the major with the designated grade-point average. Students who are completing these preparatory requirements will have "pre-major" status.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 180 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$31,026.00 per year
Start date

3 April 2023

Venue

College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,

SANTA BARBARA,

California,

93106, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university.

For international students

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university.

English Language Proficiency

The minimum accepted score for admission consideration for the TOEFL is 80 or better on the Internet-based test and 550 or better on the paper-based test.

The minimum accepted score for the IELTS is 6.5 or better band score (academic modules).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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