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Bachelor of Science
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Science program in Biology is designed to stimulate intellectual and personal growth through an examination of the fundamental properties of living systems, the application of experimental and descriptive methods of discovery, and the consideration of the social, ethical, and aesthetic aspects of biological knowledge. The B.S. program also provides undergraduate preparation for technical employment or post-baccalaureate study in graduate school or for professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, teaching, and natural resource management. A Biology major considering graduate or professional school should confer with a Biology advisor to plan a program to meet the student's specific needs and assure entrance into such a school.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

76 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 Biology 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

20 credits

Select any five 300- or 400-level BIO courses to bring total credits in Biology to 48 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

28 credits

INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
INPHYS 141 College Physics I
PHYS 142 College Physics II
MATH 141 Introductory Statistics

Teacher Certification

Dual Major in Education

  • Secondary Education


Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

Degree Requirements

120 credits