Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Biology (BA)

Hours Required

125 semester credit hours (SCH): 45 hours must be advanced, with fulfillment of degree requirements as specified in the "Requirements for Graduation" section of this catalog.

Requirements

University Core Curriculum
Select 42 SCH as outlined in the suggested plans and as specified in the "Requirements for Graduation"42
Math Elective
MATH 1342Introductory Statistics3
Select 1 SCH surplus from core1
Major
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I-Lab (taken as part of the core)
Select 8 SCH from the following:8
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II-Lab
Principles of Biology III
General Microbiology
BIOL 3410Ecology4
BIOL 3413Intro to Genetics4
BIOL 4170Biology Seminar1
Advanced Biology electives24
Select 24 SCH from the following from any additional BIOL course at the 3000-4000 level or from any ENSC course at the 3000- 4000 level, except ENSC 4340. BIOL 4173 - BIOL 4473 may be repeated for up to 8 SCH of credit within the degree program.
Minor
Select a minimum of 18 SCH from one discipline at least twelve of which must be at the 3000-4000 level. See Appendix C. Instead of a minor, students may complete 18 SCH of electives, 12 SCH of which must be at the 3000-4000 level, from any discipline, except the major field, outside the College of Nursing and Health Sciences 18
Supporting Sciences Curriculum
General Chemistry I (taken as part of the core)
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I-Lab1
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II4
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2425Organic Chemistry II4
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
General Elective
Select 3 SCH at any level. PHYS 1302 recommended for students applying for medical school or other advanced programs requiring physics. PHYS 1102, the co-requisite lab, will be outside the degree program.3
Total Semester Credit Hours125
*

For Chemistry minors, CHEM 2423 will count in the minor and not the supporting sciences. The supporting course (4 SCH) will be replaced with the third course from biology electives (BIOL 1311/BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2421) or an additional upper-level (3000-4000) chemistry course.

Following is a suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their advisor each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment; responsible for reviewing the Program of Study Requirements; responsible for meeting all course prerequisites; and must meet foreign language and writing intensive course requirements for graduation. See Academic Regulations-Undergraduate online.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 1306 Principles of Biology I 3
BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology I-Lab 1
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I-Lab 1
ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
PSCI 2305 American National Government 3
UNIV 1101 Learn a Global Context I 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL - Biology Elective 4
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
UNIV 1402 Signature Course 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Sophomore
Fall
CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I 4
BIOL - Biology Elective 4
HIST 1301 The US to 1877 3
PSCI 2306 American State Government 3
MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus 4
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II 4
MATH 1342 Introductory Statistics 3
HIST 1302 The US Since 1877 3
Soc/Behavioral Science 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Junior
Fall
BIOL 3413 Intro to Genetics 4
BIOL 4170 Biology Seminar 1
PHYS 1301 General Physics I 3
PHYS 1101 General Physics I Lab 1
Minor/General Elective 3
Creative Arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 3410 Ecology 4
BIOL - Advanced Biology Elec 4
General Elective 3
Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Senior
Fall
BIOL - Advanced Biology Elec 4
BIOL - Advanced Biology Elec 4
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
BIOL - Advanced Biology Elec 4
BIOL - Advanced Biology Elec 4
BIOL - Advanced Biology Elec 4
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours125

1Biology electives, select 8 SCH from BIOL 1311 and BIOL 1111, BIOL 1413 or BIOL 2421.
2Advanced Biology electives, select 24 SCH from any additional BIOL course at the 3000-4000 level or from any ENSC course at the 3000-4000 level except ENSC 4340. BIOL 4173-4473 may be repeated for up to 8 SCH for credit within the degree.
3General elective, 3 SCH at any level. PHYS 1302 recommended for students applying for medical school or other advanced programs requiring physics. PHYS 1102, the co-requisite lab, will be outside the degree program.
*** For Chemistry minors, CHEM 2423 will count in the minor and not the supporting sciences. The supporting course (4 SCH) will be replaced with the third course from biology electives (BIOL 1311/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1413, and BIOL 2421) or an additional upper-level (3000-4000) chemistry course.

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.

Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.