May 22, 2018  
2017-2018 School of Arts & Sciences 
2017-2018 School of Arts & Sciences

Biological Sciences, B.A.

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In addition to the requirements of the School of Arts & Sciences, the general requirements for majors in the Biological Sciences are 38 to 43 credits in Biology, 6-8 credits in Mathematics excluding MTH 103  and MTH 109 , 20 credits in Chemistry (CHM 117 - Chemical Principles I , CHM 118 - Chemical Principles II , and CHM 223 - Organic Chemistry I , CHM 224 - Organic Chemistry II ), and 8 credits in Physics (PHY 111 - General College Physics I , PHY 112 - General College Physics II ).

The courses in Biology must include:

Additional Requirements:

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.


Model Freshman Program

Fall - 16 or 17 Credits


*Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry and MTH 116  competency.

Spring - 15 or 16 Credits


*Prerequisite: CHM 117 

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