Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

The B.S. program provides a strong background for further study either in graduate school or in medicine and prepares the student for secondary school teaching and a variety of careers in biology at the technical level. Graduates with a B.S. degree often find technical-level positions with pharmaceutical companies or as research assistants in grant-related positions. Those who go on to graduate or professional school have a wide array of career opportunities in research, health fields, and business.

Note: Beginning in Fall, 2009, General Biology I and II were restructured. ABIO 110 and 111(Z) were longer offered. The Fall lecture/lab course ABIO 110 [4 cr] was replaced with the lecture ABIO 120 [3 cr] and the lab ABIO 122 [1 cr]; the Spring lecture/lab course A Bio 111(Z) was replaced with the lecture ABIO 121 [3 cr] and the lab ABIO 123Z [1 cr]. The lecture could be taken without the lab; the lab could only be taken at the same time as or after the corresponding semester's lecture. The major requirement for General Biology could be met either with ABIO 110 and 111(Z), or with ABIO 120, 121, 122, and 123(Z). Beginning in Fall, 2013, the General Biology Labs were further restructured. ABio 122 and ABio 123Z were discontinued and replaced with ABio 201 and ABio 202Z. Thus, the General Biology labs are now generally taken the year after the lectures.

[from 2012-13 Undergraduate Catalogue]

General Program B.S.: Combined major and minor sequence consisting of a minimum of 66 credits.
Required courses:
A BIO 120 & 121, 201 & 202Z, 212Y, 217, 365, 402
A PHY 105 or 140, 106 or 145, 108 or 150, 109 or 155
A MAT 108 & 111 or A MAT 108 & 112, or A MAT 111 & 113, or A MAT 112 & 113
A CHM 120 or 130, 121 or 131, 124, 125, 220, 221, 222, 223

15 additional credits in biology are also required, and must include at least 3 courses which are partially or exclusively laboratory courses.

  • Credits in A BIO 399/399Z and 499/499Z may be used to fulfill the requirement for 1 laboratory course if the student completes at least 4 credits over at least 2 semesters. A BIO 399/399Z and 499/499Z may contribute a total of 4 credits towards the major.
  • Courses that do not yield credit toward the major are so indicated in the individual bulletin descriptions.
  • Courses in the combined major/minor sequence must include at least 6 credits at the 300 level and at least 3 credits at the 400 level or above.

Graduate courses are open to qualified seniors with appropriate departmental and instructor consent.

Bachelor of Science in Biology Requirements:

 A BIO 120 & 121, A BIO 201 & 202Z   8 credits
 A BIO 212Y    4 credits
 A BIO 217  3 credits
 A BIO 365  3 credits
 A BIO 402  3 credits
 Biology major electives  15 credits
 Chemistry  16 credits
 Mathematics  7-8 credits
 Physics  8 credits
 Total  67-68 credits