Bachelor of Science in Biology

Below is the current Bachelor of Science in Biology curriculum.


The Department of Biology offers degree programs which prepare its graduates for a wide variety of careers. While many graduates become physicians or dentists, others employ their knowledge of biology as physician assistants, research scientists or educators. Their competency leads to important contributions to society based on a program which includes personal instruction by scholars in their field, strong laboratory resources and experiences, and broad coverage of the various areas of biology.

Degree Requirements

Biology Major - Bachelor of Science
To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology, students must earn a minimum of 39 credit hours in applicable course work in biology. The following are the minimal specific course requirements:

General Biology Sequence (10 credits)
A grade of "C" or better for each course in this sequence is a prerequisite to all other biology courses in the department for biology majors.

BIO 1200 General Biology I 3 cr.
BIO 1210 General Biology Laboratory I 2 cr.
BIO 1220 General Biology II 3 cr.
BIO 1230 General Biology Laboratory II 2 cr.

Form and Function (3 credits)
Chose one of the following courses:

BIO 2600 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (must be taken with lab BIO 2610 ) 3 cr.
BIO 4510 Plant Form and Function 3 cr.
BIO 4630 Physiology (BIO 2600/2600 is a prerequisite) 3 cr.

Biological Systems (3 credits)
Choose one course

BIO 4200 Evolution 3 cr.
BIO 4480 Ecology 3 cr.

Cell Biology and Genetics (6 credits)
Choose two courses

BIO 2700 Genetics 3 cr.
BIO 4210 Microbiology 3 cr.
BIO 4740 Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIO 2700 is a prerequisite) 3 cr.

Additional Requirements for all Biology Majors (17+ credits)

BIO 2900 Biostatistics 3 cr.
BIO 4990 Social Issues 3 cr.
Three additional BIO Labs (beyond BIO 1210 & 1230) 6 cr.
Biology Electives
(additional courses from BIO 2600-4999 to reach min of 39 BIO credits)
5+ cr.

To complete the minimum of 39 credit hours in approved Biology courses, the student may choose any of the following electives after having completed the general Biology sequence and any specific course prerequisites.

  • Any of the above-listed courses in which the student has a special interest, or which are recommended by professional schools.
  • Any of the following courses: Histology, Embryology, Immunology, Animal Behavior, Human Anatomy, Human Genetics, Public Health Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Invertebrate Zoology, Laboratory Research Basics (required for BIO 4920). With special permission, juniors and seniors may elect directed studies courses.

Biology majors must also complete the University core curriculum requirements and the following science and mathematics

Required Science and Mathematics (27 credits)

MTH 1400* Elementary Functions 3 cr.
CHM 1070 General Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr.
CHM 1080 General Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHM 1120 Chemistry Laboratory II 1 cr.
CHM 2270 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHM 2250 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr.
CHM 2260 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1 cr.
CHM 2290 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
PHY 1300 General Physics I 3 cr.
PHY 1310 General Physics Lab I 1 cr.
PHY 1320 General Physics II 3 cr.
PHY 1330 General Physics Lab II 1 cr.

* Students are encouraged to take a higher level mathematics course if inclined.
These chemistry and physics courses, or their equivalent or higher courses, are required by professional schools of medicine and dentistry.

Not all professional schools of medicine or dentistry recommend specific additional biology courses. Those that do, suggest courses such as comparative anatomy, histology, embryology, or genetics.

Other Requirements

  • Three biology laboratory courses, in addition to the General Biology Laboratories (BIO 1210 and BIO 1230), are required in the major.
  • Pre-dental track students should take Microbiology (BIO 4210), Introduction to Psychology, Sociology, and two semesters of Biochemistry.
  • Pre-physician assistant track students should take BIO 2040, BIO 2600/2610, BIO 2700, BIO 2900, BIO 4210/4220, BIO 4630, CHM 4700, ETH 3580, HSA 3010, HSA 4610, HUS 4410, PSY 1000, and PSY 2500.
  • Five-year BS/PA and seven-year BS/DDS students satisfy major requirements specified for their particular programs.

Program Contact Information

Program Chair: G. Grabowski
Life Sciences 101
Telephone: (313) 993-1180
Fax: (313) 993-1187