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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
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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. Beyond the core, only one biology (BIOL) course with a grade below “C-” may be applied toward the major requirements. 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 100, 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.

Biology core sequence (20 credits)

Distribution courses (9-12 credits)

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

Electives (9-12 credits)

Complete three additional biology (BIOL) courses at the 200-level or above. A course is defined as a minimum of three credits. Courses of variable credit must be bundled into units of three credits to count as one course. Courses taken outside of Bridgewater State University require departmental approval.

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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