Life Sciences majors*

Biology
Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
Human Biology and Society (B.S.) [1]
Marine Biology
Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics [2]
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Neuroscience
Physiological Science
Psychobiology [3]

To be considered for admission to any life science major listed above, the following pattern of core courses must be completed by the spring before transfer:

  • One year of biology with lab for the major
  • One year of calculus
  • One year of general chemistry with lab
  • One semester in organic chemistry with lab

Additional recommended courses prior to transfer:

  • A second semester of organic chemistry
  • One year of calculus-based physics
  1. Human Biology and Society (B.S.) also requires:
    • One course in human evolution
    • One course in statistics
    • One course from philosophy (contemporary moral issues, political philosophy, philosophy of science, or ethical theory) or introduction to gender studies
    • One course from sociocultural anthropology, cultural geography, or introduction to sociology.
    Students are are classified as Pre-Human Biology and Society until they complete the preparation courses at UCLA.
  2. Students are classified as Pre-Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics until they complete the preparation courses at UCLA.
  3. Psychobiology also requires one introductory psychology course. Students are are classified as Pre- Psychobiology until they complete the preparation courses at UCLA.

* Demand for all life science majors significantly exceeds space available. Because life science majors require the completion of extensive preparatory course work prior to transfer, you must be admitted directly into a life sciences major; you will not be able to change from a non-life sciences major into a life-sciences major after admission to UCLA.

More information about these majors:

Biology
Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
Human Biology and Society
Marine Biology
Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Neuroscience
Physiological Science
Psychobiology

Department homepages:

Center for Society and Genetics (Human Biology and Society)
Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Neuroscience
Organismic Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (Biology; Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution; Marine Biology)
Physiological Science
Psychology (Psychobiology)

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