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B.S. in Biological Sciences


To receive a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences*, students must:

1. Complete the
Curriculum for Liberal Education Requirements, College of Science Foreign Language requirement, Departmental and University GPA requirements, and a minimum total of 120 credits.

2. Make satisfactory progress toward degree requirements.

3.  Take BIOL 1004 Biology Orientation Seminar or equivalent.

4.  Earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in BIOL 1105/1115, BIOL 1106/1116, CHEM 1035, and CHEM 1036 (or equivalents) in a maximum of two attempts.

5. Complete BIOL 2004 Genetics, BIOL 2104 Cell & Molecular Biology, BIOL 2704 Evolutionary Biology, and BIOL 2804 Ecology.

6. Complete a minimum of
22 credits of additional Biological Sciences electives. The 22 hours of electives must include THREE upper-level laboratory courses (for students graduating in 2016 and beyond) and must also include at least ONE of the following: BIOL 2304 Plant Biology, BIOL 2504 General Zoology, or BIOL 2604 General Microbiology.

7. Complete the following courses:  CHEM 1045 & 1046 General Chemistry labs, CHEM 2535 & 2545 Organic Chemistry and lab, CHEM 2536 & 2546 Organic Chemistry and lab, PHYS 2205 & 2215 General Physics and lab, and PHYS 2206 & 2216 General Physics and lab.

8. Complete MATH 1016 (MATH 1025 as of Fall 2014) Calculus with Trig I and MATH 2015 (MATH 1026 as of Fall 2014) Calculus with Trig II (or acceptable substitutions as listed on our Degree Checksheets).

9. Complete STAT 3615.

* The requirements listed are summarized for simplicity. Refer to Check Sheets by year of graduation for details.

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