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Requirements in the College of Biological Sciences

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All majors in the College of Biological Sciences are selective and require preparatory coursework for admission. You may use ASSIST to search for courses at your California community college that are comparable to UC Davis courses. Any required courses that are offered at your current college must be completed by the close of spring term for fall enrollment at UC Davis. If required courses are not offered at your college, you must complete them after enrolling at UC Davis.

You must earn an overall transfer GPA of 2.80 or higher to be a competitive candidate for admission to any of these majors. Candidates must complete courses comparable to the following UC Davis courses with a GPA of at least 2.50 for each of the three course groups. It is recommended that candidates have already achieved the minimum required GPAs in the course(s) from the groups below that have been completed at the time of application and through the transfer academic update filing period. Courses must be taken for a letter grade, with no grade less than C:

  • Mathematics 17A/B/C or 21A/B
  • Chemistry 2A/B/C
  • Biological Sciences 2A or 2B or 2C (entire series completion highly recommended)

A minimum of one course comparable to a UC Davis Biological Science 2 series course must be completed with a B grade or higher for admission. If multiple courses are required to satisfy one UC Davis Biological Sciences 2 series course, each of those courses must be completed and the GPA for those courses must be 3.00 or higher.

If courses comparable to two UC Davis Biological Sciences 2 series courses or the entire Biological Sciences 2 series are completed, a group GPA of 2.50 or higher is required.

We strongly encourage you to complete the entire Biological Sciences 2A/B/C series before matriculating to UC Davis, as that series is a prerequisite for many upper-division courses. Beginning fall 2015, applicants to the College of Biological Sciences will be required to complete the entire Biological Sciences 2A/B/C series by the end of spring term 2015, and will be required to complete this series with a 2.50 GPA or higher.

It is also strongly recommended that you complete courses comparable to the following UC Davis courses. Completion of these courses will help you move more efficiently toward graduation. Courses should be taken for a letter grade, with no grade less than C:

  • Organic Chemistry 8A/B* or 118A/B/C
  • Physics 7A/B/C or the physics series cited on ASSIST for your intended College of Biological Sciences major.

For the best transition and reduced time-to-degree, consider completing all lower division preparatory coursework shown on assist.org for your intended major.

To qualify for a fall 2014 Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) in these majors, you must complete the requirements stated above with the following variances:

  • Meet or exceed the minimum overall GPA of 3.20 from the time your TAG is submitted, up to the time of enrollment.
  • Have already achieved the minimum required GPAs in the course(s) from the groups above that have been completed before submitting the UC TAG Application, e.g. if one course from the mathematics or chemistry groups is completed at the time of TAG, that course must be completed with a B minus (B–) grade or higher. If one course from the Biological Sciences 2A/B/C series is completed at the time the TAG is submitted, that course must be completed with a B grade or higher.

*Students planning for the major Biochemistry and Molecular Biology should complete Organic Chemistry 118A/B/C rather than 8A/B.



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