Biology, B.A.

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120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 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 45 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 – Botany (‘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 – Zoology (‘C’ or better)
BIO 220 – Genetics (‘C’ or better)


GPA of 2.3 in the following areas


Select one Entry Level (4 credits):

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

Select one Upper Level (4 credits):


Select one Entry Level (3-4 credits):

  • BIO 202 – Ecology
  • BIO 210 – Environmental Biology and Conservation
  • BIO 228 – Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 229 – Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 250 – Plant Taxonomy and Systematics

Select one Upper Level (3-4 credits):


Select one Entry Level (3-4 credits):

Select one Upper Level (4 credits):

  • BIO 335 – Pathogenic Microbiology
  • BIO 360 – Plant Growth and Development
  • BIO 435 – Developmental Biology
  • BIO 436 – Molecular Biology
  • BIO 451 – Tissue Culture
  • BIO 466 – Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology
  • BIO 467 – Laboratory Course in Biotechnology

Select one additional Upper Level from all those listed in content areas above (3-4 credits)

Special permission required for the following upper level courses.  Eligible students must be at junior level status with a 3.0 GPA.  Any of the following courses may substitute for one upper level course from any one content area.

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


4 Credits Required

CHE 121 – General Chemistry II


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