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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
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Biology, BA

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Department: Biological Sciences 

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.


Learning Outcomes  

Grade Requirement

Students must receive a minimum grade of “C-” for the biology core courses BIOL 121  and BIOL 122 . 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 a minimum grade of “C-” or complete another course that fulfills the same required “area” for the major.

To qualify for a degree in biology, the student must have a major grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 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

Please note: 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.

Required courses (16 credits)

Electives (18-24 credits)

Complete a minimum of an additional 18 credits of biology, according to the following:

two courses at or above the 200-level

two courses at the 300-level*

two courses at the 400-level*

Only three credits in total from a combination of the following courses may be applied to the BA program:BIOL 396 - Research Problems in Biology , BIOL 485 - Honors Thesis in Biological Sciences , BIOL 497 - Undergraduate Biological Research , BIOL 498 - Internship in Biology , BIOL 499 - Directed Study in Biology  .

Both BIOL 302 - Essentials of Microbiology  and BIOL 395 - General Microbiology  may not be applied toward the BA degree in biology.

Total minimum credits: 42

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 Core Curriculum section of this catalog and at the Core Curriculum website, For additional graduation requirements, see the Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

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