Minimum grade requirements:

  • A minimum grade of C- is required to advance from BIO201 to BIO202 and from BIO202 to BIO320.
  • A minimum grade of C- in BIO320 is required to advance to most upper-division biology courses (300 and above).
  • A minimum grade of C- is required to advance from CHE201 to CHE202, from CHE202 to CHE318, and from CHE318 to CHE319.
  • A minimum grade of C- in CHE319 is required to enroll in BCM461.
  • A minimum grade of C- in MAT251 is required to enroll in MAT252 and in PHY201.
Pre-Major Requirements (16 Credits) 1
BIO201
& BIO211

and 2
4
BIO202
& BIO212

and 2
4
CHE201
& CHE211

and 3
4
CHE202
& CHE212

and 3
4
Required Track Courses (11 Credits)
BIO320 44
BIO3404
BIO4123
or BIO418
Track Elective (4-5 Credits)
Select one of the following:4-5
BIO305
BIO307
BIO417
BIO425
Major Electives (14 Credits)
Select 14 credits of Biology (or Biochemistry) courses at the 300 level or above 514
Lecture Series (6 Credits)
Participation in 6 hours of Lecture Series6
Cognate Requirements (27 Credits) 6
Additional Chemistry Requirements:
CHE318
& CHE306

and
4
CHE319
& CHE309

and
4
Math Requirements:
MAT2413
MAT2514
MAT2524
Physics Requirements:
PHY201
& PHY211

and
4
PHY202
& PHY212

and
4
Total Credits78-79

Additional considerations for admission to medical, dental and veterinary schools: The requirements for these professional schools are constantly evolving and vary from institution to institution. Please contact the Pre-Health Adviser.

Additional considerations for admission to graduate programs in biology: Research experience. You should begin to explore research options during your sophomore year. 

This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide a first-year student through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between a student and his/her academic adviser. In consultation, the student and adviser will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
FallCredits
BIO201 3
BIO211 1
CHE201 3
CHE211 1
MAT251 4
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
 Credits15
Spring
BIO202 3
BIO212 1
CHE202 3
CHE212 1
MAT252 4
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
CHE318 3
CHE306 1
BIO320 3
PHY201 3
PHY211 1
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
 Credits14
Spring
CHE319 3
CHE309 1
Biology track elective 1 4-5
PHY202 3
PHY212 1
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST) 3
 Credits15-16
Year 3
Fall
BIO340 4
MAT241 3
Upper-Division Biology elective 3-4
Gen Ed: United States Studies (USST) 3
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART) 3
 Credits16-17
Spring
Upper-division Biology elective 3-4
Upper-division Biology elective 4
Upper-division elective 3-4
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM) 3
Gen Ed: World Civilizations and Cultures (WRLD) 3
 Credits16-18
Year 4
Fall
Upper-division Biology elective 3-4
Gen Ed: Social Sciences (SSCI) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits12-13
Spring
BIO412
or BIO418

or
3
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR) 3
Gen Ed: Writing Intensive (WI) 3-4
Elective 4
Elective 3
 Credits16-17
 Total Credits119-125