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 a 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 40 credits of BIO starting at BIO 1500 are required of the major as defined below. Courses through the 6000 level may be elected providing the proper prerequisites have been successfully completed.

Biology Major Course Requirements

BIO 1500Basic Life Diversity4
BIO 1510Basic Life Mechanisms4
BIO 2200Introductory Microbiology5
BIO 2600Introduction to Cell Biology3
BIO 3070Genetics 24-5
BIO 4200Evolution3
Select one of the following Course sequences:7
Cellular Biochemistry
and Biomedical Technology and Molecular Biology
Human Physiology
and Comparative Physiology
Ecology and the Environment
and General Ecology
BIO electives (3000 level or higher) to reach 40 credits of BIO 1

 Cognate Requirements

CHM 1220
CHM 1230
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHM 1240
CHM 1250
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
MAT 1800Elementary Functions 14
STA 1020Elementary Statistics3
or STA 2210 Probability and Statistics

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.

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:

8 credits of BIO courses with honors 18
Basic Life Diversity
Basic Life Mechanisms
Introductory Microbiology
Introduction to Cell Biology
Cellular Biochemistry
Human Physiology
Ecology and the Environment
BIO 6990Honors Directed Study in Biology (Research credits required)4
BIO 6999Terminal Essay: Honors Program (Thesis required)2
Total Credits14
Honors Seminar3
Seminar in Philosophy and Letters
Seminar in Physical Science
Seminar: Global Perspectives on Historical Studies
Seminar in Foreign Culture
General Honors Seminar
7 credits of honors coursework from any discipline7
Total Credits10

To be awarded a BIO honors degree, students must accumulate twenty-four honors credits as defined above.  Students must also maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least a 3.3.  Students completing department honors must also maintain a 3.3 g.p.a in BIO coursework.