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Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology

Our traditional major offers a thorough grounding in the biological sciences and prepares students for a variety of career paths, including graduate studies and employment in areas such as veterinary medicine and animal care, conservation biology, and wildlife management.

Requirements

Students must earn 40-42 credit hours in biology, including 25 credit hours of core courses plus 16 credit hours of upper division (junior and senior level) biology courses.

An additional 18-19 credit hours of chemistry and physics courses are required. Because of its flexible design, this major will prepare you for a variety of career paths, including medical studies, graduate studies, and secondary science teaching.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Orientation to Biology (BIOL 1101)

Fundamentals of Biology with lab (BIOL 1214)

General Chemistry I + Lab (CHEM 1104, 1141)

English Composition I (ENGL 1113)

Liberal Arts Seminar (LAS 1063)

16 CH

Spring Semester

General Zoology with lab (BIOL 2414) or

General Botany with lab (BIOL 2214)

General Chemistry II + lab (CHEM 1204 , 1241)

English Composition II (ENGL 1213)

College Algebra (MATH 1503)

15 CH

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Genetics (BIOL 3003) or

General Microbiology with lab (BIOL 3114)

Organic Chemistry I + lab (CHEM 3103, 3141)

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Spring Semester

General Zoology with lab (BIOL 2414) or

General Botany with lab (BIOL 2214)

[Optional: Organic Chemistry II + lab (CHEM 3203, 3241)]1

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Genetics (BIOL 3003) or General Microbiology with lab (BIOL 3114)

General Physics I + lab (PHYS 1503, 1541)

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Spring Semester

Introductory Biochemistry (BIOL 3103)

Upper-level Biology Elective2

[Optional: General Physics II+ lab (PHYS 1603, 1641)]1

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Biology Capstone (BIOL 4502)

Upper-level Biology Elective(s)2

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Spring Semester

Upper-level Biology Elective(s)2

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

124 CH total must be earned

1Organic Chemistry II + lab, and General Physics II + lab are not required for this degree plan.  However, they are necessary courses for some students in order to fulfill prerequisites for certain graduate degree programs.

216 CH of 3000- and/or 4000-level BIOL-prefix courses are required for the degree. At least two credit hours must be Directed Study (BIOL 3851-6 or BIOL 4851-6), which is typically taken in the Junior year, and which must be taken prior to the Capstone course taken in the Fall of Senior year.  

No more than six credit hours may be BIOL- prefix Directed Study, Research, and/or Internship courses.