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BS in Biology


Admission to the Program

Admission is through formal declaration of major. The department counsels freshmen and transfer students. 


University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of
    the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and
    Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science
    component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same
    discipline

Major Requirements

  • 72 credit hours with grades of C or better 

Course Requirements

Departmental Requirements

  • BIO-110 General Biology I (4) 
  • BIO-210 General Biology II (4) 
  • BIO-300 Cell Biology with Laboratory (4) 
  • BIO-356 Genetics with Laboratory (5) 
  • BIO-364 Evolution (3) 
  • BIO-499 Senior Seminar in Biology (3) 
  • 17 credit hours in biology or other courses approved by the department chair at the 300 level or above. Of these 17 credit hours, students many count no more than 3 credit hours from the following: BIO-390 Independent Reading, BIO-490 Independent Study Project in Biology, or BIO-491 Internship, CHEM-560 Biochemistry I, or PSYC-513 Neuropharmacology.

Related Requirements

  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I (4) 
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II (4) 
  • CHEM-310 Organic Chemistry I (3) 
  • CHEM-312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1) 
  • CHEM-320 Organic Chemistry II (3) 
  • CHEM-322 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1) 
  • MATH-221 Calculus I (4) 
  • MATH-222 Calculus II (4) or STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) or STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4) 
  • PHYS-105 General Physics I or PHYS-110 Principles of Physics I (4)
  • PHYS-205 General Physics II or PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II (4)

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.


Combined BS and MA or MS in Biology

Visit the bachelor’s/master’s program Webpage for information about receiving a combined BS in biology and MA or MS in biology.