Understanding the nature of scientific inquiry and the operation of the biological, physical, and technological world is essential for making personal and public policy decisions in a technological society. Courses in Life and Physical Sciences train students to understand the basic concepts and theories of science and the scientific method, with a major emphasis on the impact science has on society and the environment. Students learn about the process and methods underlying scientific inquiry, learn how to obtain accurate experimental results, are trained in the formulation of empirically-testable hypotheses, and then develop a basis for understanding the distinction between unsupported assertions versus conclusions based on sound scientific reasoning. As a result, all students should acquire substantive knowledge in science and technology, understand the processes by which scientists investigate and answer scientific questions, and be able to articulate the basic principles used to explain natural phenomena. The following courses have been approved to satisfy the GE-D, Life Sciences requirement.  This list also notes any additional GE requirements the course may satisfy.

updated: 3/23/2023

Biological Sciences

  • BISC 101Lxg, Cellular and Molecular Biology
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 102Lxg, Humans and Their Environment
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 103xg, General Biology for the Environment and Life
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 104Lxg, How the Body Works
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 110g, Good Genes, Bad Genes
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 112Lxg, Data, Denial or Doom?: Talking about Climate Change
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 115Lxg, The Biology of Food
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 120Lg, General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement
    This course is not for a general student audience.  It is part of the curriculum for certain majors and pre-professional students.

    BISC 121Lg, Advanced General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement
    This course is not for a general student audience.  It is part of the curriculum for certain majors and pre-professional students.

    BISC 140g, Our Blue Planet in a Changing Climate
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 150Lxg, The Nature of Human Health and Disease
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 180Lxg, Evolution
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 220Lg, General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement
    This course is not for a general student audience.  It is part of the curriculum for certain majors and pre-professional students.

    BISC 221Lg, Advanced General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement
    This course is not for a general student audience.  It is part of the curriculum for certain majors and pre-professional students.

    BISC 230Lxg, The Biology of the Brain
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement

    BISC 320Lg, Molecular Biology
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy Requirement
    This course is not for a general student audience.  It is part of the curriculum for certain majors and pre-professional students.

Chemical Engineering

  • CHE 301g, Introduction to Engineering Biology
    This course does not satisfy an additional GE requirement
    This course is not for a general student audience.  It is part of the curriculum for certain majors and pre-professional students

Chemistry

  • CHEM 204Lg, Pandemics Shaping Our World: Past, Present and Future
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

Dance

  • DANC 305g, Dance Science: Analysis of Dance Movement
    This course does not satisfy an additional GE requirement.
    DANC 305g is not for a general student audience.  It is part of the curriculum for certain majors.

General Education Seminars

GE Seminars are limited to freshmen.

  • GESM 140g, Seminar in the Life Sciences
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

    GESM 141g, Seminar in the Life Sciences
    This course does not satisfy an additional GE requirement.

Geological Sciences

  • GEOL 126Lg, The History of Life on Earth: A View from the Museum
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

    GEOL 165g, Metals and Life on Earth
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

Gerontology

  • GERO 315g, A Journey into the Mind
    This course does not satisfy an additional GE requirement.

Human Biology

  • HBIO 200Lg, The Human Animal
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

    HBIO 202g, Nutrition for Life
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

    HBIO 205Lxg, The Science of Sport
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

    HBIO 250g, The Pharmacology of Performance-Enhancing Drugs
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

Linguistics

  • LING 110g, In a Word
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

    LING 275Lg, Language and Mind
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

Philosophy

  • PHYS 246Lg, Foundations of Cognitive Science
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

Psychology

  • PSYC 100Lg, Introduction to Psychology
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement
    This course is not for a general student audience.  It is part of the curriculum for certain majors and pre-professional students.

    PSYC 165Lg, Drugs, Behavior, and Society
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

    PSYC 215Lg, Music, Mind and the Brain
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

    PSYC 339Lg, Origins of the Mind
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

Quantitative Biology

  • QBIO 110g, Drug Discovery: From Genes to Medicines
    also satisfies the Dornsife Core Literacy requirement

Thematic Option

  • CORE 103g, The Process of Change in Science: Thematic Option Honors Program
    This course does not satisfy an additional GE requirement.
    This course is not for a general student audience.  It is part of the curriculum for students in Thematic Option.