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. Suggested course sequences for specific areas of interest within biology can be obtained from the Biology Success Center.


Nondepartmental Requirements
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
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
BIOL 455Biometry (preferred)3
or A ST 311 Statistical Applications
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
or PHYS 221G General Physics for Life Sciences I
PHYS 212GGeneral Physics II3
or PHYS 222G General Physics for Life Sciences II
PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory1
or PHYS 221GL Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
PHYS 212GLGeneral Physics II Laboratory1
or PHYS 222GL Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II
Departmental Requirements
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory1
BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology3
BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 301Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 377Cell Biology3
BIOL 467Evolution3
Select sufficient upper-division biology electives to bring total upper-division credits to 28. 116
General Education Requirements35
Viewing a Wider World6
Select sufficient electives to bring the total to 120 credits, including at least 48 upper-division credits.
Total Credits120-125

At least one upper-division course must include laboratory and/or field experience. The laboratory/field requirement can be satisfied by any BIOL course above the 300 level that includes a laboratory or a field trip—including BIOL 350 Special Topics or BIOL 450 Special Topics.