Biology - Bachelor of Science

The major in biology provides a solid academic base for those planning to enter any of the various fields of the biological sciences. The program allows considerable latitude. Degree plans for specific areas of interest can be obtained from the Biology Success Center in Foster Hall room 204.


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: Mathematics4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Physics for Life Sciences I3
General Physics I
Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I1
General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics for Life Sciences II3
General Physics II
Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II1
General Physics II Laboratory
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences coure (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/College Requirements
BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology3
BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 301Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 377Cell Biology3
BIOL 455Biometry 43
or A ST 311 Statistical Applications
BIOL 467Evolution3
Select sufficient upper-division biology electives to bring total upper-division credits to 28. 513
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
or CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Requirement4-8
Organic Chemistry4
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry3-4
or BCHE 395 Biochemistry I
Second Language Requirement 60-8
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 120 732-19
Select sufficient electives to bring the total to 120 credits, including at least 48 upper-division credits.
Total Credits120