Frequently Asked Questions

Which Life Sciences concentrations require LS 1a, LPS A, or LS 1b?


Both LS 1a/LPS A and LS 1b are required for concentrators in the following seven Life Sciences concentrations:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Physical Biology
  • Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
  • Human Evolutionary Biology
  • Integrative Biology/Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Neurobiology

The Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Biology track in Psychology requires one of LS 1a, LPS A, or LS 1b. The Chemistry concentration requires two of the following: LS 1a, LPS Read more about Which Life Sciences concentrations require LS 1a, LPS A, or LS 1b?


Can/should I take two science classes in the spring semester?

Yes, hundreds of students take both LS 1b and a physical sciences course, such as Physical Sciences 1 or Physical Sciences 11, during spring of their freshman year.  For help with choosing your spring semester courses, we encourage you to talk with any of the Life Sciences advisors

If I have little or no science background, what class should I take?

If you have little or no science background, you should consider taking Life and Physical Sciences A (LPS A) in the fall. You should take the on-line chemistry and biology placement exams for course recommendations. Based on the results of the placement exams, you will receive a recommendation for your fall course.