The BA degree is designed for the biology major who wishes to use biological knowledge in pursuit of a career outside of biology. Examples of such careers are teaching elementary education, science writing, scientific illustration, technical sales or publishing. By carefully selecting biology courses and adding particular courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics beyond the BA requirements, a BA degree holder may qualify for many of the career opportunities listed under the BS.
The BA degree requires a minimum of 12 courses with the following specifications:
Students must receive a grade of “C-” or higher for the biology core courses BIOL 121 and BIOL 122. A grade of “B-“ or higher is required in BIOL 100 or BIOL 102 in order for these courses to substitute as an equivalent to BIOL 121. Only one grade below “C-” earned in a course taught in the department and outside of the biology core shall be accepted to fulfill the requirements of the bachelor’s degree. Students receiving a grade below “C-” in additional courses may continue in the major but must repeat and successfully complete the course with the grade of “C-” or better or complete another course that fulfills the same required “area” for the major.