Biological Sciences (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts degree is for students who desire a broad liberal arts education with specialization in biology. It is not recommended for students anticipating admission into graduate science programs or medical school. Students contemplating a major program in biological sciences should consult with the departmental undergraduate advisor no later than the beginning of the sophomore year.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.


Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. Students must receive a grade of C-minus or better in all biology courses. A grade point average of 2.0 (C) in both biology and general required courses is required for graduation.

Major Requirements 

A minimum of thirty-two credits beyond BIO 1500 and BIO 1510 are required of the major. Students must declare their major after completing BIO 2600, and before electing higher-level courses. Courses through the 6000 level may be elected in the final year, providing the proper prerequisites have been taken. At least twelve of the thirty-two credits must be taken in residence.

Biology Major Course Requirements

BIO 1500Basic Life Diversity4
BIO 1510Basic Life Mechanisms4
BIO 2200Introductory Microbiology5
BIO 2600Introduction to Cell Biology3
BIO 3070Genetics5
BIO 4200Evolution3
BIO electives 3000 level and above 111
Select one of the following Course sequences: 27
Cellular Biochemistry
and Biomedical Technology and Molecular Biology
Human Physiology
and Comparative Physiology
Ecology and the Environment
and General Ecology
Cognate Requirements
CHM 1220General Chemistry I4
CHM 1230General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 1240Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 1250Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
STA 1020Elementary Statistics3
or MAT 2210 Probability and Statistics
MAT 1800Elementary Functions4

BIO electives must include a minimum of two lecture based 3000-6000 level BIO courses.


Additional courses from these sequences may be used as BIO electives as long as prerequisite requirements are met

NOTE: In addition to the courses outlined above, students must satisfy all General Education Requirements and elect sufficient additional credits to achieve the minimum 120 credits required for graduation.

Biological Sciences Honors (B.A. and B.S. Programs)

The Department participates in the honors program and works with individual students to develop a curriculum that satisfies honors degree requirements. Students interested in an honors degree should contact the departmental honors advisor and/or the Chairperson of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

Program Requirements: To achieve honors designation with the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, students are required to complete all University and major requirements (see above) including fourteen honors credits in Biology and at least ten additional honors credits, which includes an Honors Seminar (HON 4200-HON 4280).

The fourteen credits in Biological Sciences are comprised of:

BIO 1500Basic Life Diversity4
BIO 1510Basic Life Mechanisms4
BIO 6990Honors Directed Study in Biology4
BIO 6999Terminal Essay: Honors Program2
Total Credits14

If a student does not take the honors section in BIO 1500 and BIO 1510 then he/she must take eight credits of Biology courses with an honors option.

To be awarded an honors degree, Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least a 3.3 in the major, and accumulate twenty-four honors credits.