Biology

Requirements for a Major in Biology

Required Biology courses(38 credits)
BI-140Introduction to Organismal Biology4
BI-141Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BI-200Human Biology4
BI-202Principles of Ecology4
BI-203Genetics4
BI-204Microbiology4
BI-404Biology Seminar2
3 Upper Division Electives (300 or 400 level lab courses)12
Ancillary Requirements(29 credits)
MA-150Statistics I3
MA-190Pre-calculus (or Higher)4
CH-120
CH-121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
8
CH-201
CH-202
Organic Chemistry I (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry II (lecture)
6
PY-221
PY-222
General Physics I
and General Physics II
8
or PY-241
PY-242
Physics I (Mechanics)
and Physics II ( Electricity, Magnetism and Optics)
Total Credits67

Students who also complete CH-203 and CH-204 can earn a chemistry minor.

Biology Upper-Level Electives

Cellular & Molecular Pathways(56 credits)
BI-306Developmental Biology4
BI-313Histology4
BI-324Endocrinology4
BI-341Mycology4
BI-371Molecular Biology4
BI-372Immunology4
BI-375Virology4
BI-398Cancer Biology4
BI-399Biochemical Regulatory Mechanisms4
BT-375Tissue Culture4
BT-376Biotechnology4
BT-377Fermentation Technology4
BT-378Bioinformatics4
BI/CH-410Biochemistry I4
Organismal & Ecological Systems(52 credits)
BI-301Topics in Invertebrate Zoology4
BI-303Parasitology4
BI-304Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4
BI-315Comparative Neurobiology4
BI-321Comparative Physiology4
BI-331Marine Biology4
BI-333Topics in Vertebrate Zoology4
BI-334Wildlife Biology4
BI-340Plant Sciences4
BI-344Soil Biology4
BI-352Symbiosis and Evolution4
BI-360Animal Behavior4
BI-380Biodiversity and Conservation Biology4

(Note: Pre-med and graduate school candidates should also take CH-203 & CH-204 in addition to CH-201 and CH-202)

A minimum of three upper division laboratory courses (BI 300- or BI 400-level) are to be selected. Students must take at least one course from each category. Additional upper level elective courses or graduate research/internships are strongly encouraged. The courses should be selected with the advice and consent of the faculty advisor. A grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained in biology courses and in the ancillary science and mathematics courses. Students considering graduate and professional work should take, as a recommended minimum, calculus and introduction to computer science.

Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
BI-140 Introduction to Organismal Biology 4
CH-120 General Chemistry I 4
EN-101 English Composition I 1 3
MA-190 Pre-calculus 4
LASC First-Year Seminar3
 Credits18
Semester Two
BI-141 Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
CH-121 General Chemistry II 4
EN-102 English Composition II 1 3
MA-150 Statistics I 3
 Credits14
Year Two
Semester Three
BI-204 Microbiology 4
CH-201 Organic Chemistry I (lecture) 5 3
LASC 4 LASC Elective (ICW)3
LASC 4 LASC Elective (CON)3
LASC 4 LASC Elective (USW)3
 Credits16
Semester Four
BI-203 Genetics 4
CH-202 Organic Chemistry II (lecture) 5 3
LASC 4 LASC Elective (GP)3
LASC 4 LASC Elective (CA)3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
BI-202 Principles of Ecology 4
PY-221 General Physics I 6,7 4
LASC 4 Ancillary or LASC Distribution3
LASC 4 LASC Elective (TLC)3
 Credits14
Semester Six
BI-200 Human Biology 4 4
BI-3XX+ 300 or 400 Major Elective 
PY-222 General Physics II 6 4
LASC 4 LASC Elective (HBS)3
 Credits11
Year Four
Semester Seven
BI-3XX+ 300 or 400 Major Elective Lab4
BI-3XX+ 300 or 400 Major Elective Lab4
LASC 4 LASC Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits14
Semester Eight
BI-3XX+ 300 or 400 Major Elective Lab4
BI-404 Biology Seminar 8 2
SELECT Additional Science4
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits13
 Total Credits116
1

EN-101 and EN-102 satisfy LASC Writing.

2

MA-190 requires an Accuplacer score of 6 or higher.

3

MA-150 requires an Accuplacer score of 4 or higher.

4

The sequence of LASC courses is a suggestion but serves as a reminder that LASC designated courses must be taken to satisfy the LASC requirements.

5

Pre-med and Graduate school candidates should also take CH-203 & CH-204
in addition to CH-201 and CH-202. 200 level Biology courses may be taken in any order.

6

Physics Requirements: PY-221 & PY-222 OR PY-241 & PY-242 satisfies LASC NSP.

7

BI-161/BI-162 can not substitute for BI-200.

8

All biology core courses must be completed before taking BI-404 (BI-140, BI-141,BI-200, BI-202, BI-203, BI-204).

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.