LIBERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS
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 2 - Natural World I: Physical Real
CHE 120 - General Chemistry I
Tier 2 - Natural World II: Life and Environment
BIO 103 - Biology II
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 - Zoology
BIO 220 - Genetics
BIO 233 - Microbiology
BIO 296 - Genomics I
BIO 393 - Introduction to Bioinformatics
BIO 491 - Seminar in Biotechnology
BIO 497 - In-Service Training in Biotechnology