Biology, B.S.

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120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning (select one):
MAT 122 – Precalculus
MAT 150 – Calculus I

Tier 2 – Natural World I: Physical Realm:|
CHE 120 – General Chemistry I

Tier 2 – Natural World II: Life and Environment:
BIO 103 – Biology II (‘C’ or better)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


32 Credits Required

BIO 102 – Biology I (‘C’ or better)
BIO 220 – Genetics (‘C’ or better)

Content Areas
GPA of 2.3 in the following Content Areas


One Entry Level:

  • BIO 230 – Plant Anatomy and Morphology
  • BIO 231 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 235 – Histology

One Upper Level:


One Entry Level:

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One Upper Level:

One Additional Upper Level Course

Select one additional upper level course from any courses listed in the three upper level content areas above (3-4 credits).

You may also select one course from those listed below, all three of which require special departmental permission. 

  • BIO 497 – In-service Training in Biology (3 cr)
  • BIO 495 – Senior Thesis (3 cr)
  • BIO 499 – Independent Study and Research (3 cr)


20 Credits Required

CHE 121 – General Chemistry II
CHE 260 – Organic Chemistry I
MAT 221 – Intermediate Applied Statistics

Select one from:

  • PHY 200 – General Physics I
    • and PHY 201 – General Physics II
  • PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    • and PHY 231 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers II


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).