Bachelor of Science in Biology - General

Effective Spring 2020: The School of Biological Sciences has transitioned all undergraduate Biology (BIOL) and Applied Physiology (APPH) courses to Biological Sciences (BIOS) to reflect the merger of the two Schools. Courses under the BIOL- and APPH- may still apply to these requirements. Students should consult with advisors to determine which requirements have been met.

Wellness Requirement
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
or APPH 1060 Flourishing: Strategies for Well-being and Resilience
Institutional Priortiy
CS 1301Introduction to Computing3
or CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation
or CS 1371 Computing for Engineers
Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
or MATH 1555 Calculus for Life Sciences
Political Science and U.S. History
HIST 2111The United States to 18773
or HIST 2112 The United States since 1877
or INTA 1200 American Government in Comparative Perspective
or POL 1101 Government of the United States
or PUBP 3000 American Constitutional Issues
Arts, Humanities, and Ethics
Any HUM6
Communicating in Writing
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Technology, Mathematics, and Science
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I4
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Social Sciences
Any SS9
Field of Study
BIOS 1207
Biological Principles for Majors
and Biological Principles Project Laboratory
or BIOS 1107
Biological Principles
and Biological Principles Laboratory
CHEM 1211KChemical Principles I4
CHEM 1212KChemical Principles II4
CHEM 2311Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2312Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 2313 Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry
Major Requirements
BIOS 1208
Organismal Biology for Majors
and Organismal Biology Project Laboratory
or BIOS 1108
Organismal Biology
and Organismal Biology Laboratory
BIOS 2300Ecology3
or BIOS 2310 Problems in Ecology
BIOS 3450Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 2600Genetics3
or BIOS 2610 Integrative Genetics
Biology Lab 12
BIOS 3600Evolutionary Biology3
BIOS 4460Communicating Biological Research1
Select one of the following:3
Research Project Lab
Independent Research Project
Non-Biology Courses
CHEM 2380Synthesis Laboratory I2
or CHEM 2380U Synthesis Laboratory I
Select one of the following:3
Mathematical Models in Biology
Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics
Experimental Design and Statistical Methods in Biological Sciences
Biology Electives
Biology Electives 3000-level or higher 221
Free Electives
Free Electives 3,411
Total Credit Hours122

Students must complete two of the three lab categories listed below. Each lab should be taken concurrently with the associated lecture course when possible. If you choose to take all three lab courses, then the 3000-level course may count toward Biology Electives instead of the Core Lab requirement.


Students are required to complete 21 credit hours of Biology electives defined as follows:


CETL 2000 may be applied to free electives.


Pass-Fail allowed for Free Electives only. Refer to Institute Rules for maximum Pass-Fail Credits allowed.