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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Life Science B.A./B.S.

Life science is an interdisciplinary major that deals with studies of living organisms and life processes.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

Basic Requirements that meet some Arts & Sciences general requirement (14-16 credit hours)

Electives (14 credit hours)

The 14 elective credit hours must be at or above the 300 level and they must be selected from two or more fields, which may include the following areas in Arts & Sciences: biochemistry, biology, microbiology, organic chemistry, physical anthropology, and psychology. BIOL 441 and BIOL 442 may only be used as an elective if BIOL 201 was used as the required course.

Two elective courses, totaling six credit hours or less, may be chosen from selected courses in other college from the approved list below:

Pre-vet option

Students who complete the College of Arts and Sciences basic requirements, the preveterinary prerequisites, all the life sciences major requirements except the electives, and a minimum of 84 credit hours prior to enrolling in the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State may earn a life sciences degree after successful completion of the first year of veterinary medical school.


*A minimum of 15 credit hours in the major must be taken at K-State. Only transfer courses accepted by departments to meet requirements in their majors will be accepted to meet requirements in the life science major.

To obtain a life science degree a student must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in the required science courses (including transfer work).

Students who already hold a baccalaureate- or graduate-level health professional degree (e.g., nursing, dental hygiene, etc) may be allowed to transfer up to nine hours of upper-level health-related courses from the health professional school to the Life Science degree for elective credit. Such transfers must be approved by the Life Science Steering Committee.

The life science degree is not available to students who will earn a degree in biochemistry, biology, or microbiology.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (120)