Four-Year Degree Plan for Major in Biology (B.S.)

Note this is a sample 4-year plan for the general biology, organismal and evolutionary biology and molecular biology concentrations. Note the requirements for Category I-III courses are specific to each concentration. There are other course sequences that will allow students to graduate within four years as long as prerequisite courses are taken in the proper sequence.

Degree Requirements

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

FYW 102Writing & Research

4

GTW 101Gateways

1

or

HON 102Pathways to Honors 2

1

Total Credit Hours:17

Biology lower-core curriculum complete. 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

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

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Second (Sophomore) Year - Spring Semester

BIO Biology elective

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 Category requirement (I, II or III)

4

General Elective

4

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

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

BIO Category requirement (I, II or III)

4

BIO Biology elective

4

General Elective

4

Humanities/Fine Arts (Bacc. Exp.)

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

BIO Category requirement (I, II or III)

4

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

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

BIO 410Senior Seminar

1

BIO Biology elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

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

4

Total Credit Hours:17

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).

Total Credit Hours: 127