B.S. in Biology

A major in biology will automatically fulfill the requirements for admission to almost all graduate programs as well as most medical, dental, and veterinary schools. This degree program explores primate anatomy, human genetics, the plant kingdom, marine biology and microbiology.

The Bachelor of Science degree is ideal for those planning to become doctors, dentists or veterinarians and includes courses in mathematics and computer science. This program is also excellent preparation for such careers as biologist, ecologist, botanist, oceanographer, geneticist, chiropractor, medical technologist, pharmacologist, educator, researcher or nutritionist, to name a few.

As part of the curriculum, students conduct a year of research in a professional laboratory and receive hands-on knowledge in scientific research methods and techniques. 


There are three concentrations within the B.S. in Biology degree program: Pre-medical Sciences; Molecular Genetics-Cell; and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.

Throughout the Pre-Medical Sciences concentration, students will receive specialized by guidance from the Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental and Pre-Veterinary faculty advisor.

Within the the Molecular Genetics-Cell concentration allows students to pursue Ph.D. programs and/or careers in industry, research, universities, hospitals and laboratories.

The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior concentration leads to specialized Ph.D. programs and/or careers in conservation, wildlife, preservation, fishery and national parks.

Biology Faculty

Earth & Environmental Science Faculty

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
 BIO 103  General Biology I
 BIO 104  General Biology 4
 BIO 107  Genetics 4
 BIO 108  Cell Biology 4
 BIO 110  Evolution 4
Required Biology Research Courses (4-6 credits): Must choose one (1) of the following:
 BIO 298  Undergraduate Research I 1-3
 BIO 385  Honors Thesis
 BIO 386  Honors Thesis 3
 BIO 299  Undergraduate Research II 2-3
 BIO 389  Honors Thesis 2-3
 BIO 390  Honors Thesis 2-3 
Required Biology Sub-Plans (16-23 credits): Must choose one (1) of the following: 
 Sub-plan  Molecular Genetics-Cell  16-20 credits
 Sub-Plan  Ecology, Evolution, Behavior  16-20 credits
 Sub-Plan  Pre-Medical Sciences  20-23 credits
Required Co-Related Courses (32 credits)
 CHM 3  Principles of Chemistry I  4
 CHM 4  Principles of Chemistry II  4
 CHM 21  Organic Chemistry I  4
 CHM 22  Organic Chemistry II  4
 MTH 7  Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  4
 MTH 8  Calculus and Analytic Geometry II  4
 PHY 3  University Physics I   4
 PHY 4  University Physics II  4

Course # Course Name Credits
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1* Writing 1 3
ENG 2* Writing 2 3
MTH Quantitative Reasoning: fulfilled with any MTH course
(MTH 7 required for major)
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
(BIO 103 required for major)
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (BIO 104 required for major) 3-4

* In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.

ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 29
Elective Major Credits 32
Total Core Requirement Credits 32
Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 27
Total Degree Credits 120


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences