Quarters Program Archive | Biological Sciences

General Information

Our last term on the quarter-based calendar was Summer 2016. This page provides links to resources about the old quarters programs in the Department of Biological Sciences. Guidance is also provided for biology and microbiology majors who will be transitioning from quarters to semesters.

Information for Biology and Microbiology Majors

The academic requirements for the bachelor of science degrees in biology (BIOL BS), microbiology (MICR BS), and the master of sciences degree in biology (BIOL MS) will change under the new semester system.

Program Forms

Beginning Fall 2016, it is possible for students to be under one of three possible BIOL BS or MICR BS programs. Students who declared their major prior to Fall 2013 are under the old quarter system programs in existence at that time, unless they completed a New Program Form Request after Summer 2013. Students who declared a major in the time period from Fall 2013 to Summer 2016 will be under the new quarter programs. Students who become BIOL BS or BIOL BS majors in Fall 2016 or later will be under the new semester programs. To find your major program year, use GET to check your CSU Academic Advisement Report (CAAR) or consult with your academic advisor.

Old Quarters Program Forms (prior to Fall 2013):
BS Degree in Biology Form (before F13)Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (before F13)
BS Degree in Microbiology Form (before F13)Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology (before F13)
New Quarters Program Forms (Fall 2013 to Summer 2016):
BS Degree in Biology Form (F13 to Su16)Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (F13 to Su16)
BS Degree in Microbiology Form (F13 to Su16)Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology (F13 to Su16)

Also listed below is the quarter program form for biology graduate students.

MS Degree in Biology (before F16)MS Degree in Biology (before F16)

Below are links to the quarter programs in the University Catalog.

Quarter Programs Prior to Fall 2013:

Quarter Programs from Fall 2013 to Summer 2016:

Roadmaps to Graduation

Graduation Roadmaps are suggested academic plans designed to inform students about the sequence of courses needed to satisfy degree requirements. Four-year roadmaps are provided for freshman who are attending college full-time. Five-year roadmaps are provided for freshman who are working part-time while attending college. Two-year roadmaps are also provided for transfer students who have satisfied all the general education requirements before coming to Cal State LA.

BIOL BS Roadmaps for the Quarter System (prior to Fall 2016):
Four-Year Roadmap for Biology Freshmen (quarters)Four-Year Roadmap for Biology Freshmen (quarters)
Five-Year Roadmap for Biology Freshmen (quarters)Five-Year Roadmap for Biology Freshmen (quarters)
Roadmap for GE-Certified BIOL BS Transfer Students (quarters)Roadmap for GE-Certified BIOL BS Transfer Students (quarters)
MICR BS Roadmaps for the Quarter System (prior to Fall 2016):
Four-Year Roadmap for Microbiology Freshmen (quarters)Four-Year Roadmap for Microbiology Freshmen (quarters)
Five-Year Roadmap for Microbiology Freshmen (quarters)Five-Year Roadmap for Microbiology Freshmen (quarters)
Roadmap for GE-Certified Transfer MICR BS Students (quarters)Roadmap for GE-Certified MICR BS Transfer Students (quarters)

Advice for Students Transitioning from Quarters to Semesters

Students who are attending Cal State LA in the quarter system and are unable to complete all their degree requirements before Fall 2016 will take a mixture of quarter and semester courses. These students will be required to work with an advisor to create an Individualized Advisement Plan (IAP).

There are some general rules to follow that will make your transition to semesters go more smoothly. Since the BIOL BS and MICR BS require several course sequences, it is best to try to start and complete these sequences under one system (quarters or semesters). Also, due to changes in some of the 300-level courses, there are combinations of quarter-system 300-level courses that are equivalent to semester-system 3000-level courses. The table below summarizes the course sequence equivalencies for the BIOL BS and MICR BS program requirements. The numbers in parentheses are course units for the quarter and semester systems.

Quarter SystemSemester System
Biology Course Equivalencies
BIOL 100ABC (5, 5, 5)BIOL 1100 (5) + BIOL 1200 (5)
BIOL 300 (4)BIOL 3000 (3)
BIOL 320 (4)BIOL 3200 (3)
BIOL 340 (4) + BIOL 380 (4)BIOL 3400 (3) + BIOL 3401 (2)
BIOL 350 (4) + BIOL 360 (4)BIOL 3800 (3)
Microbiology Course Equivalencies
MICR 300AB (4, 4)MICR 3100 (4)
MICR 340 (4)MICR 3300 (3)
MICR 430 (3) + MICR 433 (2)MICR 3500 (3)
MICR 350 (5)MICR 3700 (4)
MICR 360 (5)MICR 4600 (4) (elective)
MICR 370 (4)MICR 3900 (3)
Mathematics Course Equivalencies
MATH 104A (4) + MATH 105 (4)MATH 1050 (6)
MATH 104A (4) + MATH 105 (4)MATH 1081 (3) + MATH 1085 (3)
MATH 204 (4)MATH 2040 (3) + MATH 2041 (1)
MATH 205 (4) (BIOL BS only)MATH 2050 (3) + MATH 2051 (1)
Chemistry & Biochemistry Course Equivalencies
CHEM 101, 102, 103 (5, 5, 5)CHEM 1100 (5) + CHEM 1110 (5)
CHEM 291AB (3, 3) + CHEM 301 (3)CHEM 2200 (4) + CHEM 3200 (4)
CHEM 292A (2)CHEM 2201 (1)
CHEM 431AB (3, 3)CHEM 4300 (3) (MICR BS only)
Physics Course Equivalencies
PHYS 101, 102, 103 (4, 4, 4)PHYS 1100 (4) + PHYS 1200 (4)

In cases where it was not possible for students to complete a course sequence under the quarter system, temporary bridge courses may be offered to help students to meet the major requirements more efficiently. The following document provides specific advice on which combinations of courses to complete as you transition from quarters to semesters.

Course Recommendations for Transitioning StudentsCourse Recommendations for Transitioning Students

The following planning sheets may be helpful for students who are transitioning from quarters to semesters. They allow students and advisors to list courses term-by-term beginning in Fall 2015.

Course Planning Sheets for BIOL BS MajorsCourse Planning Sheets for BIOL BS Majors
Course Planning Sheets for MICR BS MajorsCourse Planning Sheets for MICR BS Majors

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