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Undergraduate Curriculum

Majors in Biological Sciences must complete:

  • University Core (28 credits)
  • BSNES Core (23 credits)
  • Science Co-Requisites (29 credits)
  • Biology Requirements (42 credits)

To graduate, a student:

  • needs a minimum of 122 credit hours.
  • must have at least a 2.0 overall QPA and major QPA.
  • must have a C or better in CHEM121, CHEM121L, BIOL111 or 115, BIOL112 or 117 and BIOL212.

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University Core Requirements - 28 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
UCOR 101 Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum 3
UCOR 102 Literature and Critical Writing 3
UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions 3
UCOR 14X Theology 3
COSC 030 Research/Info Skills 1
Course in Ethics 3
Course in Creative Arts 3
Course in Faith and Reason 3
Course in Global Diversity 3
Course in Social Justice 3

BSNES Core Requirements - 23 credits (minimum)

Course # Course Name Credits
ENGL 302W Science Writing 3
HIST 307 History of Science 3
SPRG 105 Career Development Seminar 1
MATH115 Calculus I 4
MATH225 Biostatistics I 3
MATH116 or 335 Calculus II or Biostatistics II 3-4
General Elective Credits 6

Science Co-Requisites - 29 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM121 Chemistry I 4
CHEM121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM211L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM212L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS201 Physics for Life Sciences I 4
PHYS202 Physics for Life Sciences II 4
General Elective Credits 3

Biology Requirements - 42 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
BIOL111 or 115 Biology I and Lab 4
BIOL112 or 117 Biology II and Lab 4
BIOL212 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIOL490 Biology Seminar 1
BIOL370W SuperLab: Lab I 4
373W,374W, or 376W
SuperLab: Lab II, III, IV, V(DPT students), or VI 4
Genetics and Molecular Biology concentration 3
Organismal concentration 3
Supra-Organismal concentration 3
Biology Electives 12


BIOL250 Genetics
BIOL319 General Microbiology
BIOL405 Microbial Genetics
BIOL 419 Bioinformatics: Analysis of Molecular and Genomic Data
BIOL424 Immunology
BIOL446 Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics
BIOL460 Endocrinology
BIOL467 Genomics
BIOL468 Human Genetics
BIOL475 Neurobiology


BIOL313 Developmental Biology
BIOL315 Mammalian Physiology
BIOL316 Comparative & Environmental Physiology
BIOL319 General Microbiology
BIOL424 Immunology
BIOL426 Pathogenic Microbiology
BIOL429 Microbial Physiology
BIOL444 Plant Biology, Biotechnology and Genomics
BIOL457W Reproductive Physiology
BIOL460 Endocrinology
BIOL475 Neurobiology
HTLS480 Physiology I (through Rangos School)


BIOL316 Comparative & Environmental Physiology
BIOL322 Animal Behavior
BIOL335 Vertebrate Anatomy, Development and Evolution
BIOL340W Evolution
BIOL417 Invertebrate Biology and Biotechnology
BIOL427W Microbial Ecology
BIOL432W Applied and Environmental Microbiology
BIOL438 Environmental Biology
BIOL444 Plant Biology, Biotechnology and Genomics
BIOL466 Terrestrial Field Biology
BIOL492W Stream Field Biology

Biology Electives

Biology electives may be chosen from:

» Courses listed above
» Other departmental majors courses
» Biochemistry I and II (CHEM 401, 402)
» Approved courses in other departments/schools
» Undergraduate Research
» Honors Seminar
» Honors Research/Thesis
» BIOL 508 (Elements of Biotechnology)

  • Biology Seminar (BIOL 490) and Biotechnology Product Development (BIOL 509) may not be taken for elective credit.
  • Students are not permitted to use more than 6 credits of research (398/399) towards their requirement of 12 credits of biology electives.

Requirements for the Minor

A minor in Biological Sciences consists of BIOL 111, 111L, 112, 112L, 212 (and the accompanying required CHEM 121, 121L, 122, 122L). In addition, a minimum of 8 credits selected from the department's Biology major courses numbered BIOL 250 and above.

Non-major Biology courses are not eligible for Biology major or minor credit. (In particular, BIOL 203/204; 207/208; and 209/210 are not eligible courses for Biology major or minor credit.)