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Bachelor of Arts
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology provides an introduction to the discipline and an opportunity to integrate the study of Biology with another field. In contrast to the B.S. program, the B.A. requires fewer credits in both biology and related sciences, permitting a student to complete a second major or additional courses in another discipline such as Chemistry, Psychology, Elementary Education, Journalism, Art, Management, or Computer Science; thus, it satisfies the needs of students with a combination of interests.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

52 credits

Core Courses

24 credits

BIO 110 Molecules and Cells¹
BIO 111 Evolution and Ecology¹
BIO 311 Genetics
BIO 312 Cell Biology
BIO 313 Population and Community Ecology
BIO 495 Senior Seminar

¹ Students must earn a grade C or higher in both BIO 110 and BIO 111 in order to take any 200-level or higher BIO course.

Upper-Level Courses in Areas of Biological Diversity

4 credits

Select one course in biological diversity (4 credits) from the following:

  • BIO 333 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 334 Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 335 Ornithology
  • BIO 365 Plant Evolution
  • BIO 367 Microbial Diversity

Upper-Level BIO Electives

8 credits

Select any two 300- or 400-level BIO courses to bring total credits in Biology to 36 credits. Students may take BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II for 4 credits of the upper level elective BIO credits.

Related Science or Math Courses

16 credits

INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
MATH 141 Introductory Statistics

Select one of the following:

  • INPHYS 141 College Physics I
  • INGEOL 151 Physical Geology

Teacher Certification

Dual Major in Education

  • Secondary Education


Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits.

Degree Requirements

120 credits