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Biological Science B.S.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

The Integrated Biological Science B.S. core requires satisfactory completion of:

BCOR 011Exploring Biology4
BCOR 012Exploring Biology4
BCOR 101Genetics3
BCOR 102Ecology and Evolution4
BCOR 103Molecular and Cell Biology4
CHEM 031General Chemistry 14
CHEM 032General Chemistry 24
CHEM 141Organic Chemistry 14
CHEM 142Organic Chemistry 24
Choose one of the following options:5
Option A
Elementary Physics
and Introductory Lab I
Elementary Physics
and Introductory Lab II
Option B
Fundamentals of Physics I
Fundamentals of Physics II
Choose one of the following sequences:6-8
Fundamentals of Calculus I
and Fundamentals of Calculus II
Calculus I
and Calculus II
STAT 141Basic Statistical Methods3
or STAT 211 Statistical Methods I

In consultation with their academic advisor, students will design a course of study that includes an additional twenty-six credits of advanced life science electives. From the advanced-level electives, students are advised to complete twelve credits from courses with a quantitative component, three credits that stress oral communication and three credits that stress written communication.

Within the advanced-level elective courses, and excluding the BCOR courses, no more than eight credits at the 100-level may apply toward the major except with written permission from an advisor and not exceeding three 100-level courses. With an advisor’s permission, a biologically relevant 300-level course may be applied toward the advanced-level course requirement.

Up to six credits of undergraduate research in any biological discipline may be applied to the twenty-six credits of advanced electives. Only three of these can be taken for credit at the 100-level, and these will be counted in the eight credits allowed at the 100-level.

In their second year, all students are expected to meet with their advisor to map a plan of study for completing their higher-level courses. The plan will be signed by both the advisor and student and will become a part of the student’s record.

Students majoring in the B.S. program in biological science are required to take at least eighty-four credits of course work in the College of Arts and Sciences. This does not apply to CALS students.