April 4, 2008 9:41 PM
I went to talk to the MEB advisor this afternoon since I really need some advice on planning for my upper division curriculum. I guess some students would probably roll their eyes and like: “it is just continuing in a bunch of science classes as the introductory ones we have been taking.” But trust me, the upper division requirements are quite different! In lower division, you would take Chem 1A, Chem 3A/3AL and Chem 3B/3BL to fulfill the chemistry requirement. For the biology requirement, it is Bio 1A/1AL and Bio 1B. For the physics requirement, it is Physics 8A and Physics 8B… You know all those mandatory, huge and competitive courses…
However, you have a variety of courses to choose from for the upper division requirements. For example, I am majoring in Molecular Environmental Biology, and there is the Upper Division Biology Requirement where I am going to take a course from each of the seven categories. In addition, I would have to choose an area of concentration and take another 12 units from a list of approved course.
Let me give you a better idea on the variety of courses you can choose from! For one of the upper division biology requirements, Cell & Developmental Biology, there are five courses: MCB 130 (Cell Biology), MCB 131 (Developmental Biology), PB C112 (General Microbiology), PB 150 (Cellular and Developmental Plant Biology) and PH 162A (Public Health Microbiology). At first, I was really confused since that is a wide range of courses and the classes all seem different. After talking with the advisor, I know I would take PB 112 for two reasons. First of all, I am very interested in microbiology and I am ready to study the physiological and biochemical diversity among members of the two domains, Bacteria and Archaea. Secondly, cell & developmental biology are often very challenging and I am not too into that aspect of biology.
So whether you are still working on your lower division requirements or are ready to embark on your upper division journey, start planning your Fall 08 schedule now! Talk to an advisor to get some suggestion. Take it to your faculty advisor for approval so that you can get the advisor code for Tele-BEARS Phase I.
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