This major and concentration provides an opportunity for a diversified background in biology, applicable to a wide range of introductory positions of employment in business and industry, hospitals, universities, the military and government at the local, state and federal levels. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate work in biology or related sciences.

A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required for graduation in this major, based on all courses within the major. Exceptions must be requested via petition to the department’s academic programs committee.

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Biology department page.

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Total Credits Required 120
General Education
Required Courses in Major 44-62

Biology Core 24
BI 111 Introductory Biology: Principles [SCII] 4
BI 112 Introductory Biology: Diversity 4
BI 210 Principles of Ecology [SCII] 4
BI 215 Principles of Evolution 4
BI 218 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology [SCII] 4
BI 312 Genetics 4
BI 489 Graduate Assessment for Biology Majors 0

Concentration* 20-38
Choose one concentration from the following:
Botany Concentration 23-24
Ecology Concentration 27-30
General Biology Concentration 20
Microbiology Concentration 33
Physiology Concentration 32-34
Zoology Concentration 27-29

Other Required Courses 19-20
CH 111 General Chemistry I [SCII] ** 5
CH 112 General Chemistry II ** 5
Organic Chemistry*** 4-5
     CH 220 Introduction to Organic Chemistry (5 cr.) or
         CH 315 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.) and
         CH 317 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 cr.)
Physics 5
     PH 201 College Physics I (5 cr.) [SCII] or
     PH 220 Introductory Physics I (5 cr.) [SCII]

*Students must declare one and only one concentration as part of the biology major.

**Transfer students may satisfy this requirement with a minimum of 4 credit hours.

***Students in the microbiology concentration must take CH 315 and CH 317 to fulfill this requirement. For students only taking one semester of Organic Chemistry, CH 220 is recommended.

This major does not require a minor.