Preparation for the Major
Life Sciences Core Curriculum
The Life Sciences Core Curriculum is a common program of study designed to prepare students for any discipline in the life sciences they choose to pursue. The LS Core includes all the preparatory courses for the major and provides a basic background in all disciplines within the life sciences.
The Core curriculum classes must be passed with a grade of C– or better and must be completed with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Students receiving a grade of D or F in two core curriculum courses, either in separate courses or repetions of the same course, are subject to dismissal from the major.
The following series of classes are taken to prepare for the upper division classes of the major:
|Chem 14A, B, C, D, BL, CL
– or –
Chem 20A, B, 20L, 30AL, 30A, B, BL
|General & Organic Chemistry|
|Math 3A, B, C
– or –
Math 31A, B, 32A
|Physics 6A, B, C
– or –
Physics 1A, 1B, 4AL, 1C, 4BL
|Life Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, 23L||Biology, Cell/Molecular Biology, Genetics|
Most of these classes are offered throughout the academic year, including Summer Sessions.
The following requirements apply to the LS Core:
LS 3 and LS 4 must be completed prior to taking ANY upper division MIMG course.
Physics may be placed in the third year.
All Life Sciences Core Curriculum courses, as well as the courses taken to satisfy the Major requirements, MUST be taken for letter grades.
In addition to requirements for graduation prescribed by the College of Letters and Science, the student is required to maintain a minimum of 2.0 (C) in the Major and Premajor (LS Core).