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Biology major

This section specifies the biology major discipline requirements only. See this section for additional Bachelor of Science requirements.

Lower-level requirements

Course Title Credits
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I 5
BIO 112 Introductory Biology II 5
BIO 201 Cell Biology I 4
BIO 202 Cell Biology II 4
BIO 210 Introductory Ecology 4
BIO 220 Introductory Genetics 4
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I (previously offered)  
 or CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry I 4-5
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II (previously offered)  
 or CHEM 114 Principles of Chemistry II 4-5
PHYS 105 Non-Calculus Physics  
 or PHYS 111 Mechanics  
 and PHYS 112 Electricity and Magnetism 4-10
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
MATH 112 Calculus II 4
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM CHEM course numbered 200 or above 4
Plus one course selected from the following:
MATH 104 Introductory Statistics 4
MATH 106 Statistics I 4
MATH 270 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
PSYC 110 Statistical Analysis in Psychology 3

Upper-level requirements

Course Title Credits
BIO 312 Developmental Biology 3
BIO 320 Biochemistry 3
BIO 401 Molecular Biology I 3
BIO 416 Evolution 3
Electives Upper-level university courses in any discipline 14
BIO courses numbered 300 and above. (Included in these 18 upper-level credits must be at least eight credits chosen from four-credit BIO courses with labs.) 18

Upper-level courses at other institutions may be counted as upper-level Biology transfer credit. See ‘Courses at other institutions’ for details.


The following concentrations are available in the Biology major:

• Pre-Medicine
• Cellular and Molecular Genetics
• Ecology
• Biology of Organisms

See this section for concentration requirements.

Preparation for teaching

Students who intend to prepare for public school teaching should complete the Biology major with six credits of English (3 credits of Composition and 3 credits of Literature) and at least one other teachable minor is recommended. They should see the Science Advisor or an Educational Advisor in Student Services for the composition of teachable minors.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.