Major Qualification

2020-21 Academic Year

Use the Major Qualification Worksheet to plan for qualification.

To qualify to declare an Ecology & Evolution BS, Marine Biology BS, Plant Sciences BS,  or Biology BA  major students must complete the following courses, or their equivalents, with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

  • CHEM 1A, General Chemistry                                                        
  • CHEM 1B, General Chemistry
  • BIOL 20A, Cell & Molecular Biology
  • BIOE 20B, Development & Physiology
  • BIOE 20C, Ecology & Evolution

Additionally, students declaring Ecology & Evolution BS, Marine Biology BS or Plant Sciences BS must complete one of the following calculus courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

  • MATH 11A or Math 19A
Students with two or more grades of C-, D+, D, D-, F, or NP in the above policy courses (Math grades excluded) are NOT qualified to declare.
Students must pass math with a grade of C (2.0) or better, however grades in math will not be included in the calculation of the maximum number of  C-, D+, D, D-, F or NP grades for admission to the major.
All courses must be completed for a Letter Grade.
The qualification courses are only a subset of your major's introductory requirements. View complete major requirements here.

Determining qualification:

  • Students who complete all the policy courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better are eligible to declare.
  • Students with AP exam course credit for any of the qualification course(s) may petition to declare after successfully completing the remaining qualification courses.
  • Students who are enrolled in the last course(s) required for qualification during their major declration deadline quarter (6th quarter for frosh, 2nd quarter for transfers) may submit a petition to declare. Declaration petitions will be evaluated at the end of the quarter to determine if the qualification criteria has been met.
  • Consult with an undergraduate adviser when requesting to declare after the campus declaration deadline.

Students who have completed the six qualification courses with grades of C (2.0) or better, but do not meet the qualification policy criteria may appeal by writing a letter to the Ecology and Evolution Curriculum Chair. For more information about the appeal process, see our Appeal Process page.