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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BA

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Earning a Bachelor of Arts with a major in biology develops your knowledge of biology from molecules to organisms in support of careers in industry, teaching, or medicine.

Degree requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in biology.

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences  requirements.

Plus 7 additional advanced biology elective hours

 (Each course used must be a minimum of 3 hours.)

Capstone requirement

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts with a major in biology must complete a capstone course chosen from the list given below. The chosen capstone course is in addition to the 7 advanced biology elective hours in the major, but may be applied to other degree requirements. Additional capstone course choices may be approved on an individual basis by a biology advisor. Approved capstone courses are:


Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information see an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Other requirements

Only two attempts will be allowed for each biology and biochemistry course in the degree. A minimum 2.5 grade point average in all science and mathematics courses, a minimum 2.5 grade point average for upper-division courses in the sciences, and an overall 2.0 grade point average are required for graduation. All students seeking to enter the Department of Biological Sciences, with the exception of beginning freshmen, must meet the minimum grade point averages given above. Students in the department whose overall science/mathematics or advanced science grade point average drops below the minimum for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the program.

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