Mar 02, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.S.

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To address the breadth and depth essential to educating biologists, the biology major is structured to include both a broad foundation through core courses and opportunity for specialization within a biological subfield through biology electives. The major is designed to prepare the student for a post-baccalaureate profession in biology, for advanced professional training in the health sciences, or for graduate study in basic and applied areas of the biological sciences.

120 hours (minimum)

Any student earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in natural, physical, mathematical, and computer science. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree , including a specific listing of courses applicable to the 60-hour requirement.

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

UK Core hours: 33

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

In order to meet the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR), students must successfully complete both BIO 425  to fulfill the oral communication requirement and one course from the list below to fulfill the written communication requirement. In order to receive GCCR credit a student must:

  1. Earn an average grade of C or better on all GCCR assignments; and
  2. Have completed at least 30 credit hours of college-level course work prior to registering for the course.

Oral Communication Requirement

Written Communication Requirement

Choose one course from the following 8 options:

Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 2-5

College Requirements

  • Humanities - one course Credit(s): 3
  • Social Science - one course Credit(s): 3
  • Third and fourth semesters of language Credit(s): 6
  • Free Electives Credit(s): 6
  • Race and Ethnicity Requirement Credit(s): 0-3
  • Lab or Field Experience - satisfied by major
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (choose any GWR Humanities 300-level course; this will also count as one of the two Humanities courses in the College Requirements)

General Education and College hours: 49-52 (39-42)

Premajor hours: 25-26

Major Requirements

Minimum major requirement for graduation is 56 credit hours in courses not open to freshmen. The minimum GPA of all major and premajor courses must be at least 2.0.

Major Core

Second Tier Core

To be taken after completion of First Tier Core.

Core hours: 24

Other Course Work Required for the Major

Choose 15 hours of acceptable biology electives:

15 hours to be chosen from 300+ level BIO courses or the list below. At least 9 of the 15 hours must be BIO courses. A maximum of 6 hours of Independent Research course work from biological sciences departments may be counted within the 15 hour requirement. NOTE: ANA 209 , BIO 208 , BIO 209  and PGY 206  CANNOT be used for this requirement. A maximum of 1 credit hour of seminar course work (ex. BIO 425 , BIO 426 , BIO 427 ) may be counted within the 15 hour requirement.

Other Major hours: 32


Complete one of the following tracks. If an alternative track is not declared, the default track will be General Biology.

Total Track Hours: 25-27

Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120

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