May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Biology Major, B.A.

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Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Biology leading to the B.A. degree - 122

Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequences

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 16

Third Semester

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Semester

Total Credits: 14

Fifth Semester

Total Credits: 16-18

Sixth Semester

Total Credits: 13-15

Seventh Semester

Total Credits: 16-17

Eighth Semester

Total Credits: 15-16

Total Credits: 122-128

*Only one semester of BIO 397  is required, but it must betaken in the fifth or sixth semester.
**No more than four credits of BIO 395  or BIO 396  will count toward the major.
***Any course other than a biology course.
****Students may take CHM 235 /CHM 237  followed by CHM 365  in lieu of CHM 231 /CHM 232  /CHM 233 /CHM 234 . Students are to consult with their academic advisor regarding this alternative pathway.

In order to emphasize the broadening aspects of biological knowledge, the department has established categories of specific biological fields from which the student must achieve reasonable diversity in the selection of upper-level courses. The five categories are 1) Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2) Structural and Functional Biology, 3) Diversity and Populational Biology, 4) Plant Biology, and 5) Quantitative Biology. The B.A. major is required to take a minimum of four electives, with one upper-level course from each of any four of the five categories. The B.S. major must take a minimum of five electives, with one upper-level course from each of the five categories.

Course Selections within the FIVE Biological Fields

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