Biology - Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum is intended for students who desire a broad education with emphasis in biology in a program chosen by the student in consultation with an academic advisor. The Bachelor of Arts is recommended for those who plan to teach at the primary levels or to use a background in life science in business or other endeavors.


Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 23-4
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3-4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory (Departmental Requirement)
Viewing a Wider World 36
Departmental Requirements
BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology3
BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 301Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 377Cell Biology3
BIOL 467Evolution3
Biology Electives12
Select sufficient upper-division biology electives to bring total upper-division credits to 24. 4
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
Organic Chemistry Requirement4-8
Organic Chemistry4
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Select 3-4 credits from one of the following departments: astronomy, computer science, geology or physics3-4
Second Language Requirement 50-8
The number of credits required to satisfy this requirement will vary depending on the option a student choses. See the Biology Department Overview in the catalog for a list of options.
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 645-31
Selective sufficient electives to bring the total to 120, including at least 48 upper-division credits.
Total Credits120