Fourteen to nineteen additional credits may be elected from the remaining courses offered for the Biology major. Course selection, including a consideration of suggested prerequisites, is normally discussed with the advisor at registration. A reading knowledge of a modern foreign language, mathematics through calculus, and computer literacy is recommended for those students contemplating graduate studies in the Biological Sciences.
Majors in Biology must complete BIO 123 and BIO 124 with a minimum grade of C-. If a student does not obtain a minimum grade of C-, she must repeat the course. In order to remain a Biology Major a student may repeat either BIO 123 - General Biology I or BIO 124 - General Biology II , but not both. In addition the student must attain a minimum GPA of 2.3 in BIO courses by the time they have completed 16 BIO credits. This minimum GPA of 2.3 in BIO courses must be maintained throughout the remainder of the program and is required for graduation.
Students majoring in Biology may select a B.A. in Biological Sciences as a degree by taking a minimum of 38 credits in Biology courses. Students who wish to obtain a B.S. in Biology must take a minimum of 43 credits in Biology courses. Double majors in Biology and Chemistry are required to earn 43 credits in Biology and receive the B.S. degree. Senior biology majors who have a cumulative index of 3.5 in Biology courses will be awarded departmental honors upon graduation.
The Biology Department awards Advanced Placement Biology Exam credits as follows: a score of 3 may be used to satisfy the science requirement of the liberal arts core for non-biology majors; a score of 4 may be applied toward 3 elective credits in the Biology major; a score of 5 may be applied toward 6 elective credits in the Biology major.