Integrative Biology Major Requirements

The IB major program features 2 tracks for undergraduate study.

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

Major Requirements

Lower Division Major Requirements

Course Number Course Title Semester Units
Math 10A/Math 1A* Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics/Calculus F, Su 4
Math 10B/Math 1B* 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 8A** Calculus-based Physics (includes lab) F, Sp, Su 4
Phyiscs 8B** Calculus-based Physics (includes lab) F, Sp, Su 4

*Math 16A and/or 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.

AP credit cannot be used to satisfy any major requirements.

Consult the Guide and Schedule of Classes for critical information about the timing of taking and completing them.
**For a two year semester-by-semester schedule of IB courses, please go to: http://ib.berkeley.edu/undergrad/courses/sembysem**

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 UD Labs; one must be field-based (field based 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 UD 24-unit requirement
Electives Additional units to bring student up to 24 required UD 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.)
UD 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 1 required for Track 1)
Lab/Field 2 UD Labs (Track 1 requires one 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 UD 24-unit requirement
Electives Additional units, if needed, to bring student up to 24 required UD 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.)
UD Units 24 minimum

 

NOTE: All upper- and lower-division courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade. Courses taken P/NP will not be accepted by the department.

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

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

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.