Bachelor of Science in Biology Degree

Requirements for achievement of the Biology Bachelor of Science degree include:

  • Proficiency in Composition - This proficiency may be demonstrated through examination or by satisfactorily completing any course with a W listing.
  • Advanced Proficiency in Composition - This proficiency is demonstrated by the approval of a scientific paper based on a directed research project.

  • Proficiency in a Foreign Language - This proficiency maybe demonstrated through examination or by completing six semester hours of foreign language.

  • College Comprehensive Requirement - In the Biology Department, the comprehensive requirement is fulfilled by the successful completion of a directed research project.

 

General Education Courses

  • Literature - one semester course (a semester course is defined as one of at least three semester hours)
  • Philosophy - one semester course
  • Religious Studies - two semester courses
  • Art, Music, Communications, Dance or Theatre - one semester course

Four semester courses from two or more departments below with at least two courses from one of the departments:

  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • History
  • Humanistic Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Anthropology
  • Women's Studies (207 only)

 

Science Core Courses

60 hours, including at least:

  • Biology: 37 semester hours
  • Chemistry: 12 semester hours
  • Mathematics: 8 semester hours (calculus)

Additional hours to total 60 can come from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics

Electives - Additional semester hours to total 128

Teaching License - If a Teaching License is desired, additional courses in professional education will have to be taken. Some licenses might also require additional general education courses.

 

Minimum Annual Program Suggested for General B.A. or B.S. Degree in Biology

 

Freshman Year
First Semester Hours Second Semester Hours
Concepts of Biology I, B151 4 Concepts of Biology II, B152 4
Lecture Series, B150 1 General Chemistry, C122 4
General Chemistry, C121 4 Modern Language or elective 4
Modern Language or elective 4 General Education electives 9
General Education elective 3    
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 18
       
Sophomore Year
First Semester Hours Second Semester
Hours
Genetics, B221 4 Bio elective 3-4
Organic Chemistry 4 Organic Chemistry 4
Mathematics, M115 or M131 4
Mathematics, M116 or M132 4
General Education electives
6 General Education electives 6
Total Hours 18 Total Hours 17-18
       
Junior Year
First Semester Hours
Second Semester
Hours
Biology Electives 6-8 Intro to Research, B385 1
General Education electives 6 Bio electives 6-8
Free electives 3 Free electives 9
Total Hours 15-17 Total Hours 16-18
       
Senior Year
First Semester Hours Second Semester Hours
Research, B485 2 Bio elective 3-4
Biology Elective 3-4 Free elective 12
Free electives 12    
Total Hours 17-18 Total Hours 15-16