Biology Major with a Bachelor of Science

Degree Type
Bachelor of Science, BS
Program

The biology major with a BS degree requires 37 credit hours of biology coursework. At least 18 of these 37 credit hours must be at the 300-level or higher. The 37 hours must include coursework as listed below. The remainder of the 37 hours is elective coursework.

The following biology courses do not apply to the BS biology major: BIO 105, 110, 112, 117, 120, 199H, and 481. A maximum of 4 credit hours of BIO 490 may apply to the BS biology major. BIO 303 (Systematic Botany) will satisfy both the field biology and plant biology requirements for an individual BS student.  CHM 415 applies to the BS biology major as an elective.

Introduction to Biological Sciences

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
8

Animal Diversity

Choose one of the following:

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
4-5

Plant Diversity

Choose one of the following:

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
4

Cellular Biology

Choose one of the following:

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
4

Field Biology

Choose one of the following:

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
4

Genetics

Choose one of the following:

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
4

Evolution

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
3

Seminars

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
3

Electives

Sub-Total Credits
2-3

Total Hours in Biology

Sub-Total Credits
37

Cognate Coursework for BS in Biology Major:

Students earning a biology major with a BS degree must complete the following cognate courses in Chemistry, Mathematics/Statistics, and Physics.  The grades in these courses are not included in the major GPA.

Chemistry

Students must complete these three courses in chemistry.

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
12

Physics

Students must complete one of the following sequences in Physics.

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
8

Mathematics and Statistics

Students must complete Calculus I and either statistics or a math class higher than Calculus I.

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
7-8

Total Cognate Hours

Sub-Total Credits
27-28
Total Credits
64-65