Dec 14, 2018  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 
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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.

Grade Requirement

Students must receive a minimum grade of “C-” 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.

Course Requirements

Electives (24 credits)

Complete an additional 24 credits of biology:

  • two courses at the 200-level
  • two courses at or above the 200-level
  • two courses at the 300-level
  • two courses at the 400-level

As part of the 300- and 400-level required courses, complete the upper-level Writing Designated within the Major course requirement (CWRM), selecting one of the following:

Total minimum credits: 40

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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