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Preparation for the Major

Life Science Core Curriculum

To enter the Physiological Science major, students must complete Life Science 1, 2; Chemistry 14A and 14B, 14C or 20A and 20B, 30A; Math 3A, 3B, and 3C, or 31A, 31B, and 32A; and Physics 6A or 1A with a GPA of 2.5 or better before Fall of their third year. For all preparation courses, students must complete each course with a grade of C or better. Repetition of more than one preparation course will result in dismissal from the major or denial of admission to the major.

Required: Life Science 1, 2, 3, 4 and 23L
Chemistry 14A, 14B, 14BL, 14C, 14CL,14D OR
Chemistry 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, 30B, 30BL*
Math 3A, 3B, 3C OR 31A, 31B, 32A
Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL OR 6A, 6B, 6C

*Chemistry 30C is strongly recommended for students completing the Chemistry 20/30 series who are also preparing for graduate school in the health sciences, but 30CL is NOT required.

Transfer students with 90 or more quarter units must complete the following courses prior to admission to UCLA:

Life Sciences 1, 2, (3 and 4 if possible), or equivalent,
One year of general chemistry with laboratory,
One year of calculus,
One semester of organic chemistry with laboratory

For more competitive admission, please try to complete the following:
2nd semester of organic chemistry with laboratory,
One (semester or) year of calculus-based physics
Transfer credit for UCLA Extension coursework and for any departmental courses is subject to prior approval by the department; consult the undergraduate counselor before enrolling in any courses for the major*.

*Demand for the life science majors significantly exceeds space available. Because these majors require the completion of extensive preparatory coursework prior to transfer, you must be admitted directly into a life science major; you will not be able to change from a non-life science major after admission to UCLA.


The Major

Physiological Science 107
Physiological Science 111A
Physiological Science 111B
Physiological Science 111L
Chemistry 153A + 153L Biochemistry with lab
Five upper division physiological science electives (20+ units).

A total of five upper division physiological science electives is required.

Eight units of course 199 or four units each (total eight units) of 198A and 198B, for students in the departmental honors program, may be applied toward the elective requirement. One graduate course at the 200 level may be applied toward the elective requirement with departmental approval. Courses 189HC, 191H, 192, 193, 195, 196, and graduate courses at the 300, 400, or 500 level may not be applied toward the elective requirement.

Each required and elective course must be taken for a letter grade, and a C average must be maintained in all upper division courses taken for the major.

Additionally, a grade of C or better in each of the core courses (Physiological Science 107, 111A or M180A, 111B) is required to enroll in the next course in the series.


Departmental Honors Program

Designed for students that are interested in exploring advanced topics in research.

Required: Physiological Science 198A/B (research)

Contract for "Honors Content" in one of the following courses on the major: PS 111A or 111B


Participate in our annual Undergraduate Poster Session in the spring

Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher in the courses for the major (PS 107, 111A-L, 4 PS Electives, Chem 153A and 153L)