Preparation for the Major

Winter 2022 Grading Policy Update

Changes to the Preparation for the Major:
A grade of “Pass” in any courses taken P/NP during the Spring, Summer, Fall 2020, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall 2021, and Winter 2022 quarter may be applied to lower division preparation courses required for the major.


The Life Sciences Core curriculum is a common program of study comprised of chemistry, life sciences, math, and physics designed to prepare students for any discipline in the life sciences. The LS Core includes all preparation courses for the MIMG major.

All the LS Core classes must be taken for a letter grade and 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 repetitions of the same course, are subject to dismissal from the major and ineligible to continue in the MIMG program.

Life Science Core Curriculum

Chemistry (General and Organic)
Chem 14 A, 14B, 14BL, 14C, 14CL*, 14D,
Chem 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, 30B, 30BL*
*(Chem 14CL and Chem 30BL are not required of MIMG majors, but required to meet medical school eligibility requirements to apply.)

Mathematics (Calculus and Statistics)
Math 3A, 3B, 3C and Stats 13*
Math 31A, 31B, 32A and Stats 13*
Life Sciences 30A, 30B, and Stats 13*
*Stats 10 is not an appropriate alternative to Stats 13 requirement. Exceptions are made for transfer students.

Calculus-based Physics
Physics 6A*, 6B*, 6C*
Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL
*Physics 6a, 6b, and 6c will be discontinued in the fall of 2017 to be replaced by Physics 5a, 5b and 5c.

Life Sciences (Biology, Cell/Molecular Biology)
Life Sciences 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 23L
Life Sciences 7A, 7B, 7C, 23L
*Life Sciences 1, 2, 3, and 4 was discontinued after Winter 2018.