Jun 21, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Biology Major, B.A./B.S.

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The biology program offers one general curriculum for the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts degree. Candidates for either degree must successfully complete the University requirements of a minimum of 120 hours of credit, including Core 39 and requirements of the biology major. The Bachelor of Arts degree in biology is granted upon completion of 12 hours of a single foreign language, in addition to the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. A minor is not required for either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

Biology Major (B.S.) Required Supporting Courses

Biology Major (B.A.) Required Supporting Courses


Choose four courses from the list below:

Geology and Physics (3-4 credits)

Select one course from the following list:


Choose one course:

Bachelor of Arts Component of Core 39

Students earning a BA must successfully complete a four course sequence in the same language through Language 204 or higher.


Biology Major (B.A. or B.S.) (45 hours)

Electives (18 hours)

18 hours selected from the offerings in biology as directed by advisor.

  • At least 12 hours must be 300-400 level.
  • Courses designated as non-major and courses that state biology majors may not enroll or earn credit will not count as electives towards the biology major.
  • Biology transfer electives must be approved by the department chair.
  • No more than four hours of BIOL 460 , BIOL 470 , and BIOL 499  (any combination) can apply toward the electives.

Biology Teaching (optional)

Students who wish to become teachers at the secondary school level can declare biology as their major and:

  1. complete seven additional hours (shown here)
  2. complete the secondary education licensure minor

Secondary Education Licensure minor

Students seeking a teaching major that leads to licensure as a secondary school teacher (grades 5-12) are required to complete the Secondary Education Licensure Minor .

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