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    Dec 01, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 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. Foundation Course requirements must be successfully completed prior to advancing to upper-division major requirements.

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 36 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree as specified in the University Core Curriculum  in the Academics  section of this catalog and the College of Science degree requirements .

Major requirements

Foundation course requirements

The Foundation course requirements listed below must be completed before enrollment in 3000 and 4000 level courses required for the major.  Successful completion is based on achieving a C or better in each course and an overall 2.5 grade point average in these courses.

Biology requirements

In addition to the biology foundation courses, students must complete a second 2000 level biology course option, the advanced biology requirements, one physiology course with laboratory, and 7 additional advanced biology elective hours (each course must be a minimum of 3 hours, except for labs taken with the associated lecture course).

Chemistry requirements

Students must complete a minor in chemistry with a minimum of 20 hours.  This includes the 12 hours of chemistry foundation courses plus 8 hours as follows:


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 and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information see an academic advisor in the College of Science.

Other requirements

Only two attempts will be allowed for each biology and biochemistry course in the degree. Grade of C or better and minimum 2.5 grade point average in Foundation Courses, C or better in all upper-division courses counting towards major requirements, 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 Foundation Course or overall grade point average drops below the minimum for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the program.

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