Four-Year Degree Plan for Major in Biology, B.S., with a Concentration in Pre-Health Professions

Note that this is a sample four-year plan. There are other course sequences that will allow a student to graduate within four years as long as prerequisite courses are taken in the proper sequence.

Four Year Degree Plan

First (Freshman) Year - Fall Semester

BIO 203Biological Diversity

4

or

BIO 204Biological Unity

4

CHE 152General Chemistry I

3

CHE 153LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1

FYW 101Writing and Inquiry

4

GTW 101Gateways

1

or

HON 101Pathways to Honors 1

1

MAT 170Precalculus

4

Total Credit Hours:17

First (Freshman) Year - Spring Semester

BIO 203Biological Diversity

4

or

BIO 204Biological Unity

4

CHE 154General Chemistry II

3

CHE 155LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1

MAT 260Calculus I

4

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

GTW 102/HON 102Gateways II / Pathways to Honors 2

1

Total Credit Hours:17

Upper-division biology courses (above BIO 203/204 and MAR 200) require completion of the lower-core curriculum with a grade of “C” or better in each course — BIO 203, BIO 204, CHE 152, CHE 153, CHE 154, CHE 155, MAT 170.

Second (Sophomore) Year - Fall Semester

BIO 300General Genetics

4

or

BIO 320Molecular Genetics

4

CHE 232Organic Chemistry I

3

CHE 233LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

PHY 200General Physics I

4

or

PHY 205General Physics with Calculus I

4

AWR 201Writing and Research

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Second (Sophomore) Year - Spring Semester

BIO Category requirement (I, II or III)

4

CHE 234Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 235LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

PHY 201General Physics II

4

or

PHY 206General Physics with Calculus II

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Third (Junior) Year - Fall Semester

BIO Pre-Professional elective

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

BIO Pre-Professional elective

4

BIO Category requirement (I, II or III)

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

BIO Pre-Professional elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

BIO Pre-Professional elective

4

General Elective

4

BIO 410Senior Seminar

1

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:13

Note: The math requirement and natural science component of the Baccalaureate Experience are fulfilled by courses in the above sequence (i.e., BIO 204, CHE 152, MAT 260).

Many of the pre-health professions concentration elective biology classes are offered only in the fall or spring. It is the student’s responsibility to track the semesters in which they are offered. In addition, many of the electives are required for admission into certain professional schools. It is the student’s responsibility to research such admission requirements and to select the appropriate courses through their biology electives and major courses. Note that CHE 152–153 and CHE 252–253 are typically offered only in the fall and CHE 154–155 and CHE 254–255 are typically offered only in the spring. Failure to take these courses prior to the end of year three may result in a delay in applications for professional schools. These courses and others are often available during summer terms.