Integrative Biology Major Requirements

The IB major program features 2 tracks for undergraduate study. The two tracks have the same lower division requirements.

  • Track 1: Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
  • Track 2: Human Biology and Health Sciences

General Guidelines

  • All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for letter-graded credit.
  • Standardized test credit (e.g., Advanced Placement) cannot be used to satisfy any major requirements.
  • No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science. Double majors and simultaneous degrees are limited to a two course overlap. 
  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 GPA overall, a 2.0 GPA in the required major coursework (lower and upper division), and a 2.0 GPA in the upper division coursework for the major.
  • A maximum of two elective courses may be taken from outside of the Department of Integrative Biology. This includes study abroad courses, as well as non-IB courses, even if they are on the approved electives list.

 

Lower Division Major Requirements

Course Number Course Title Semester Units
Math 10A/Math 1A1 Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics/Calculus F, Su 4
Math 10B/Math 1B1 Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics/Calculus Sp, Su 4
Chemistry 1A/1AL General Chemistry and Lab F, Sp, Su 3+1
Chemistry 3A/3AL Organic Chemistry and Lab F, Sp, Su 3+2
Chemistry 3B/3BL Organic Chemistry and Lab F, Sp, Su 3+2
Biology 1A/1AL General Biology and Lab F, Sp, Su 3+2
Biology 1B General Biology (includes lab) F, Sp, Su 4
Physics 8A2 Calculus-based Physics (includes lab) F, Sp, Su 4
Physics 8B2 Calculus-based Physics (includes lab) F, Sp, Su 4
IB 77A or 77B3 Integrative Human Biology F, Sp 1

Math 16A and 16B are not accepted by the IB major. Any deviations from the required math courses should be approved the Undergraduate Affairs Office.

Physics 7A can be taken in place of 8A and Physics 7B in place of 8B.

Only one of IB 77A or IB 77B are required.

Consult the Berkeley Academic Guide for information about course details and schedules.

 

Upper Division Major Requirements

These courses are designed to provide students the necessary intellectual tools and techniques required to conduct multidisciplinary work in organismal biology. Laboratory and field courses will provide you with experience in and methodologies for the study of both living and extinct organisms.

Track 1: Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

Requirement Group Course requirements
A. Evolution & Genetics 1 from Requirement Group A List
B. Ecology, Behavior, and Diversity 2 from Requirement Group B List (as compared with 1 required for Track 2)
C. Structure, Function and Human Health 1 from Requirement Group C List (as compared with 2 required for Track 2)
Lab/Field 2 upper division labs; one must be field-based (field lab not required for Track 2)
Research or honors Research is NOT required, but up to 3 credits of research-based IB H196A, H196B, or 191 may count towards upper division 24-unit requirement
Electives Additional units, if needed, to bring student up to 24 required upper division units. A maximum of 2 elective courses may be taken outside of the Department of Integrative Biology. This includes EAP courses as well as non-IB courses, even if they are on the approved electives list.
Upper Division Units 24 minimum

 

Track 2: Human Biology & Health Sciences

Requirement Group Course requirements
A. Evolution & Genetics 1 from Requirement Group A List
B. Ecology, Behavior, and Diversity 1 from Requirement Group B List (as compared with 2 required for Track 1)
C. Structure, Function and Human Health 2 from Requirement Group C List, including either IB 131 - Anatomy or IB 132 - Human Physiology (as compared with any 1 required for Track 1)
Lab 2 upper division labs (Track 1 requires 1 lab to be field based)
Research or honors Research is NOT required, but up to 3 credits of research-based IB H196A, H196B, or 191 may count towards upper division 24-unit requirement
Electives Additional units, if needed, to bring student up to 24 required upper division units. A maximum of 2 elective courses may be taken outside of the Department of Integrative Biology. This includes EAP courses as well as non-IB courses, even if they are on the approved electives list.
Upper Division Units 24 minimum

 

Planning your IB Major

To plan your IB major, you will need to visit IB Undergrad forms and print out the appropriate check sheet. Below are some sample plans to help guide you in the planning process:

Freshman Sample Academic Plans

Transfer Student Sample Academic Plans

 

Declaring the IB Major

 

Past Curricula Changes

If you declared IB prior to spring 2010, you must follow the old curriculum information.

Math Series Requirement Changes

  • The required math courses for the IB major have changed, in effect for freshmen admitted fall 2012 and in effect for any transfer student who begins their math series fall 2012 or beyond. Previously the requirement was one semester of math, Math 16A.
  • Transfer students who begin math fall 2012 or beyond, will need to complete the equivalent of Math 1A/1B since the Math 10A/10B series does not have any articulated equivalents at community colleges.
  • NOTE: If you are a continuing student who was admitted to UC Berkeley prior to fall 2012, you will be grandfathered in with the old requirement of one semester of mathematics, e.g. Math 16A, Math 1A.