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Degree Requirements

The curriculum in Biology, formulated according to both classical and contemporary biological concepts, prepares the student for continuing intellectual growth and professional development in the life sciences.

The major program in Biology meets the requirements for dental, medical, veterinary, and other medically related programs. Students interested in pursuing any of these programs should consult the pre-medical advisor.

No Biology major may graduate with more than one letter grade lower than a 'C' in a Biology (BIO) course required for the major.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

  • Biology core (22 hours): BIO 101/101L, 102/102L, 202/202L (or 211/211L and 212/212L), 205/205L, 206/206L, 489
  • Biology electives (16 hours): four 4 hour electives (level 300 or above) other than BIO 400 with at least one chosen from each of the following three categories:
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology: BIO 317/317L, 319/319L, 326/326L, 330/330L, 341/341L
    • Organismic Biology: BIO 301/301L, 305/305L, 315/315L, 329/329L, 340/340L
    • Environmental and Evolutionary Biology: BIO 308, 309, 318/318L, 325/325L, 328/328L, 350/350L
  • Chemistry (16 hours): CHE 111, 111L, 113, 113L, 220, 220L, 240, 240L
  • Mathematics (7 hours): MAT 143, 205
  • Physics (8 hours): PHY 121, 121L, 122, 122L
  • Computer Information Systems (3 hours): CIS 111

Requirements for a Concentration

Concentrations may be obtained in each of the following categories: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organismic Biology, and Environmental and Evolutionary Biology

  • Biology core (22 hours): BIO 101/101L, 102/102L, 202/202L (or 211/211L and 212/212L), 205/205l, 206/206L, 489
  • Biology electives (26 hours): Six 4-hour electives, including four designated 4 hour electives (level 300 or above) from the category in which the area of concentration is to be obtained and an additional 4-hour elective from each of the remaining categories, and one 2-4 hour BIO elective from among biology courses, independent study, readings, or approved Co-op experience
  • Chemistry (16 hours): CHE 111, 111L, 113, 113L, 220, 220L, 240, 240L
  • Mathematics (7 hours): MAT 143, 205
  • Physics (8 hours): PHY 121, 121L, 122, 122L
  • Computer Information Systems (3 hours): CIS 111
  • No Biology major may graduate with more than one letter grade lower than a "C" in a Biology (BIO) course required for the major.

Associate of Arts in Biology

  • Biology (23 hours): BIO 101/101L, 102/102L, 202/202L (or 211/211L and 212/212L), 205/205L, 206/206L, and one BIO300 level 4-credit hour elective or 4 hours of BIO400 (Independent Study and research).