Bachelor of Science in Biology

The total number of required courses in the department is nine courses. There are additional required supporting courses that must be taken in other disciplines.

  • BIO 151 – Introductory Biology
  • BIO 152 – Evolution, Ecology and Diversity
  • BIO 253 – Introductory Cellular Biology
  • BIO 255 – Genetics
  • CHM 115 – General Chemistry I
  • CHM 116 – General Chemistry II
  • CHM 351 – Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 352 – Organic Chemistry II
  • PHY 121, 122 – General Physics I, II
    • or PHY 107, 108 – College Physics I, II
  • MAT 145 – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 – Calculus II
  • BIO 490 – Biology Keystone
    • or SCI 490 – Integrated Science
    • or HON 490 – Honors Senior Seminar
    • or another keystone with departmental approval

Five upper division electives, at least one of which must be BIO 361, BIO 440, or BIO 481. Students may take two different BIO485 courses in place of one upper division elective:

  • BIO 351 – Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 353 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 361 – Plant Biology
  • BIO 369 – Biochemistry
  • BIO 440 – Plant Physiology
  • BIO 471 – Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 473 – Animal Physiology
  • BIO 474 – Developmental Biology
  • BIO 475 – Neurobiology
  • BIO 476 – Microbiology
  • BIO 481 – Ecology
  • BIO 485 – Advanced Topics in Biology
  • BIO 486 – Immunology
  • BIO 495 – Special Topics in Biology
  • PHY 317 – Biophysics

General Education Accommodation

BS biology majors may reduce their general education program by one or two courses. See Bachelor of Science/Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF) Waiver in the Academic Information section of the catalog.