Dec 07, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology B.A./B.S.

Students in this major may obtain either the BA or BS degree. In addition to the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, biology majors must take the courses of blocks A, B, and C as listed below.

Because the biology major has room for at least 20 credit hours of free electives beyond the 15 credit hours of biology electives, it is a popular major for students aiming at a variety of professional health disciplines, at graduate programs ranging from molecular biology to ecology, and at a diversity of bachelor’s-level jobs. Depending on the student, free electives could be courses in computer science, statistics, foreign language, business, etc., and/or additional courses in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and math.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

Block A: Courses offered by other departments

Math Note

Prerequisites for MATH 220 are MATH 100 and 150 or four semesters of high school algebra and one semester of trigonometry plus appropriate math placement exam scores.

Biochemistry Note

Upon consultation with a Division of Biology advisor a student may substitute:

  • Biochemistry I and II for General Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry I and II for General Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory for General Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Physics Note

Upon consultation with a Division of Biology advisor a student may substitute:

  • Engineering Physics I and II for General Physics I and II

Block B: Division of Biology courses

Block C: Biology major electives

In addition to the Block B courses students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours of biology courses at the 400* level or higher, including two courses providing a laboratory experience.


*Students who take BIOL 341 will be awarded 3 credit hours of biology major elective credit.

  • BIOL 341 - Human Body 1 Credits: 4
  • BIOL 342 - Human Body 2 Credits: 4

*Two (2) credit hours of major elective credit can be earned from BIOL 365.

  • BIOL 365 - Practicum in Biology Credits: 1-4

*One to five (5) hours of credit for the following courses can be applied as biology major elective credit.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (120)