Program Plans

The Biology+Business Program combines the strengths of the Biosciences Division in the College of Letters and Science and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Students complete all academic requirements for both degrees, and all policies of each school are enforced.

In addition, students will take a freshman introductory course (MCB/UGBA C95B) and complete a senior capstone project.

First Year Sample Schedule

Fall  Units Spring  Units
Math 1A 4 Math 1B 4
Chem 1A 3 Chem 3A 3
Chem 1AL 2 Chem 3AL 2
R1B 4 Breadth 3-4
Breadth 3-4 Breadth/AC 3-4
Total: 16-17 Total: 17-19


Second Year Sample Schedule

Fall  Units Spring  Units
UGBA 10 3 Stat 20 4
Econ 1 4 Bio 1A 3
Chem 3B 3 Bio 1AL 2
Chem 3BL 2 Physics 8B 4
Physics 8A 4 Breadth 3-4
Total: 16 Total: 16-17

A four-year plan of study can be reviewed here.

Exam Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Course Requirement
Chemistry 4 or 5 Chem 1A/1AL
Biology 4 or 5 Bio 1A/1AL and Bio 1B
English Composition and Literature 4 English R1A
English Composition and Literature 5 English R1A and R1B
English Language and Composition 4 or 5 English R1A
Economics (micro and macro) 4 or 5 on both exams ECON not required
Math BC* 3, 4, or 5 Math 1A
Math AB* 3, 4, or 5 Math 1A

International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Exams

Course Requirement
Chemistry 5, 6, or 7 Chem 1A/1AL
Biology 5, 6, or 6 Bio 1B
English Literature 5, 6, or 7 English R1A and R1B
Economics 5, 6, or 7 ECON not required
Mathematics* 5, 6, or 7 Math 1A

*While Haas accepts AP credit for mathematics, MCB requires two semesters of calculus or higher-level math. If you are interested in applying AP credit to your course planning and taking a higher-level math, please email the program advisor at Please note that Haas does not accept the Math 10 series.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Biology+Business students must meet all curriculum requirements for both the BS in Business Administration and the BA in Molecular and Cell Biology.
  • Read more about the Haas prerequisite courses and requirements to declare MCB.

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