BS in Biology

The BS in Biology offers a challenging curriculum that successfully prepares students for graduate school, professional (medical, dental, etc.) school, or research positions in industry. Interdisciplinary course work includes courses in Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics and readies students for the diversity of upper-level Biology courses taught by our faculty experts. Biology majors acquire a thorough, competitive background in biological science and are encouraged to obtain valuable research experience working one-on-one with faculty mentors in research labs on campus, to participate in study abroad and off-campus internships, and to gain teaching experience as student instructors.

To increase flexibility in student scheduling, the Department recommends the following course sequence, beginning freshman year.

FreshmAn Year

Fall

  • AuX 1 (1.5ch)
  • Complex Problems (3ch)
  • BIO-110 General Biology I (4ch)
  • College Writing I (3ch) – W1
  • Math (4ch) – Q1
  • Total: 15.5ch

Spring

  • AuX 2 (1.5ch)
  • D elective (3ch)
  • BIO-210 General Biology II (4ch)
  • College Writing II (3ch)
  • Math (4ch) or elective (3ch)
  • Total: 14.5-15.5ch

Sophmore Year

Fall

  • BIO-320 Cell Biology (4ch)
  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I (4ch) – HoM
  • W2 elective (3ch)
  • HoM (3ch) or elective (3ch)
  • Total: 14ch

Spring

  • BIO-356 Genetics (5ch)
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II (4ch)
  • HoM (3ch)
  • Elective (3ch)
  • Total: 15ch

Junior Year

Fall

  • BIO-364 Evolution (3ch)
  • CHEM-320/321 Organic Chemistry I + lab (4ch)
  • Elective (3ch)
  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch)
  • HoM (3ch)
  • Total: 16-17ch

Spring

  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch)
  • CHEM-322/323 Organic Chemistry II + lab (4ch)
  • Elective (3ch)
  • HoM (3ch)
  • Elective (3ch) or BIO-399H (3ch)
  • Total: 16-17ch

Senior Year

FALL

  • BIO-499 Senior Seminar (3ch) – capstone
  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch) or BIO-497H (3ch)
  • PHYS-105 Physics I (4ch)
  • Elective (3ch) or BIO-32x elective (3ch)
  • Elective (3ch)
  • Total: 16-17ch

Spring

  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch)
  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch)
  • PHYS-205 Physics II (4ch)
  • Elective (3ch) or BIO-498H (3ch)
  • Elective (3ch)
  • Total: 16-17ch