College of Biological Sciences (CBS)

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This information applies to all CBS majors: Biochemistry; Biology; Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Genetics, Cell Biology and Development; Microbiology; Neuroscience; and Plant Biology

 

Math

Students typically take a math course in their first semester in CBS.  Math 1241 or Math 1271 is a recommended prerequisite for BIOL 1951/1961: Foundations of Biology Part 1, which is the first biology course in CBS major requirements.

If a student places into Math 1051 Precalculus I, they should consider reviewing the materials and retesting. If a student places into Math 1051 Precalculus I again on their second attempt, they should take Math 1051 Precalculus I.

If a student places into Math 1151 Precalculus II, they should consider reviewing the materials and retesting. If a student places into Math 1151 Precalculus II again on their second attempt, they should take Math 1151 Precalculus II.

If a student places into Math 1241 Calculus and Dynamical Systems in Biology/Math 1271 Calculus I, they should take this course (unless they have previous AP/IB/transfer credits).

Chemistry

Students typically take a chemistry course in their first semester in CBS.Chem 1081/1065, 1061/1065, or the equivalent is a prerequisite for Biol 2002: Foundations of Biology Part 1, which is the first biology course in CBS major requirements.

If a student places into Chem 1015 Introductory Chemistry, they should consider engaging in the learning modules to master the knowledge required with the goal of placing into CHEM 1081/1061/1065. Until the student has shown proficiency in the required topics, he/she must enroll in CHEM 1015. If a student does not master the chemistry content required for CHEM 1081/1061/1065, the student should remain registered for CHEM 1015.

If a student places into Chem 1081/1061/1065 Chemical Principles I, they should take this course or Chem 1071/1075H (if in the University Honors Program) unless they have previous AP/IB/transfer credits.