Undergraduate Program

BA in Biology

We require students to maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in the major, excluding allied field courses. See the advising page for information on how to declare your major, who your program advisor is, double majors, double degrees, petitioning for exceptions and more.

Information regarding preparing for a medical or health profession can be found on the advising page.

Major Requirements (effective for the class of 2019)

If you are in the class of 2018 and have questions about the major requirements please meet with your advisor.

Introductory Courses (3 Courses)

Select one of the following:

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Laboratory Experience: 1.5 Laboratories (2–3 Courses)

Advanced Courses (2 Courses)

Choose one of the following:

Plus one of the following:

Diversification Elective (3 Courses)

Select three courses from BIO diversification elective list.

Ancillary Requirements (6 Courses with Indicated Labs)

Both of the following:

One of the following organic chemistry courses:

Note: Satisfactory completion of CHM 171/173 and 172/210 freshman organic chemistry series with labs in conjunction with AP credit for CHM 131 fulfills the chemistry requirements.

One of the following physics courses:

One of the following calculus I courses:

One of the following statistics courses:

*AP credit will also be accepted for this course. See our advising page for more information about AP credit.

Upper-Level Writing (ULW) Requirements (2 Courses)

All biology majors must complete two ULW courses. Although students are strongly encouraged to complete both ULW requirements by taking biological sciences courses (BIO, BCH, MBI, NSC), an upper-level writing course within a natural sciences discipline may also be used to meet one of the requirements.

Writing courses within the humanities and social sciences cannot be applied to the biology major. See the upper-level writing requirement page for more information on which courses satisfy this requirement.

Preparing for Medicine/Health Professions

Graduate and medical degree programs in the health professions frequently have admissions requirements that include two semesters in general chemistry, organic chemistry, general physics, and calculus. Some programs may have additional requirements such as biochemistry and/or microbiology.

For detailed information on premed course requirements, academic planning, and the MCAT, visit the Health Professions Advising website.