Biology

B.S. in Biology


The B.S in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional studies as well as for entering the job market. Students complete a total of 120-credits and can elect to specialize in molecular biology. Students who elect to specialize in this concentration must complete all of the requirements for the B.S. in Biology. They also are required to take specific biology courses as part of their advanced biology electives.


Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
Core Seminar 3 credits
Humanities
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 6 credits
Philosophy 6 credits
Foreign Language 6 credits
Social Sciences
History 6 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC) 6 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics 8 credits
Science (included in Ancillary, Distribution and Major) Not Applicable
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Speech 3 credits
Visual & Performing Arts (ART, DNC, MUS, THE) 3 credits
Ancillary Requirements
The following courses must be fulfilled:
CHM 3 General and Inorganic Chemistry 4.00
CHM 4 General and Inorganic Chemistry 4.00
MTH 30 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4.00
MTH 40 Calculus I 4.00
PHY 31 General Physics 4.00
PHY 32 General Physics 4.00
Distribution Requirements
The following courses must be fulfilled:
CHM 121 Organic Chemistry 4.00
CHM 122 Organic Chemistry 4.00
Major Requirements
The following courses must be fulfilled:
BIO 1 General Biology 4.00
BIO 2 General Biology 4.00
In addition, a total of 22 credits of advanced biology credits (numbered >100 and not including BIO 101, 131, 132, 137, 138) are required.
Molecular Biology
The following courses must be fulfilled:
BIO 126 Principles of Genetics 4.00
BIO 160 Molecular Biology 2.00
BIO 161 Introductory Molecular Biology 3.00
BIO 193 Honors Research 5.00
BIO 194 Honors Research 6.00
BIO 550 Molecular and Cell Biology 2.00
BIO 551 Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory 2.00
CHM 135 Physical Chemistry I 4.00
BIC 153 Biochemistry 4.00
BIC 154 Biochemistry 4.00
Molecular Biology, Additional Course Requirements
BIO >100 additional advanced biology courses from catalog 4.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Total Credits: 120
  • Minimum Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits: 60
  • Minimum Major Credits: 36
  • Minimum Credits in Courses > 100 Level: 48
  • Ancillary Requirement: see above
  • Distribution Requirement: see above
  • Minimum Major GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean