Nov 13, 2018  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 
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Biology, BS

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Department: Biological Sciences 

Grade Requirement

Students must receive a minimum grade of “C-” for the biology core courses, as listed below. 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 required outside of the biology core shall be accepted to fulfill the requirements for 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 a grade of “C-” or better or complete another course that fulfills the same required “area” for the major. To qualify for graduation with a degree in biology, the student must have a major grade point average (GPA) of 2.3 or higher. The following courses may not be applied toward the Biology major and thus cannot be computed as part of the major GPA: BIOL 110, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 115, BIOL 117, BIOL 119 and BIOL 128.  

Course Requirements

In selecting courses, be attentive to the following:

  • At least three of the biology courses taken beyond the core sequence must be laboratory courses .
  • Only three credits in total of any of the following courses can be applied to the program: BIOL 396, BIOL 485, BIOL 497, BIOL 498 or BIOL 499.
  • Both BIOL 373 and BIOL 251-252 may not be applied toward the BS degree in biology.
  • Complete the Core Writing Designated within the Major requirement by selecting a course identified with (CWRM). A full list of courses meeting this requirement is included at the bottom of this page.
  • Complete the Experiential Learning requirement by selecting at least one experiential course. A full list of courses meeting this requirement is included at the bottom of this page.

Distribution courses (9-12 credits)

Complete one course from each of the following distribution areas (Cell & Molecular Biology, Physiology and Organismal Biology). A course can only count towards one distribution.

Electives (9-12 credits)

Complete three additional biology courses at the 200-level or above.

Total minimum credits: 69

Core Curriculum Requirements

A minimum of 120 earned credit hours is required for graduation. These earned hours include the Core Curriculum Requirements as specified in the Undergraduate Academic Programs  section of this catalog and at the Core Curriculum website, For additional graduation requirements, see the Undergraduate Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

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