B.S. in Biological Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences offers a broad, integrated, and in-depth approach to the life sciences. Interdisciplinary course requirements include courses in chemistry, physics, scientific writing and statistics that prepares students for upper-level biology courses. The capstone course focuses on inquiry-based scientific discovery and the department provides ample opportunity for students to engage in undergraduate research in a faculty laboratory.

Students may choose one of the following concentrations: 

General Biology Concentration

  • Advanced coursework can be tailored to an individual student’s needs and interests.
  • Ideal for students who desire flexibility to pursue a wide breadth of biological science topics.

Molecular Biology Concentration

  • ASBMB Accredited.
  • Advanced coursework in biochemistry, bioinformatics, and cell & molecular biology.
  • Ideal for students interested in medicine, public health, and epidemiology, and genetic counseling.

Physiology Concentration

  • Advanced coursework in human physiology including immunology, neurobiology, and endocrinology.
  • Ideal for students interested in human and animal physiology and health and disease.

Evolution & Organismal Biology Concentration

    • Advanced coursework in evolution, ecology, and biodiversity.
    • Ideal for students interested in conservation, sustainability, and the environment.

Any of these three concentrations are suitable for pre-med students, provided the required psychology and biochemistry requirements are taken. See the suggested course sequence below.

Program Information

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences prepares students for immediate entrance into graduate programs or careers in biology. The program offers three concentrations, all of which are suitable for pre-med students, provided the required psychology and biochemistry requirements are taken.

Program Type

Major

Degree

Bachelor's

Duration

4-year

Required Credit Hours

122

Suggested Course Sequence

Please note: BRDG courses can be taken in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged.

  • CHEM 121/R Chemistry I/Recitation (4 credits)
  • CHEM 121L Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL 115 / 115L Adv. Biology I / Lab/Recitation (5 credits)
  • BRDG 101 Writing and Analysis (3 credits)
  • MATH 115 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • BIOL 100 - Biology Major Exploration (1 credit)
  • CHEM 122/R Chemistry II/Recitation (4 credits)
  • CHEM 122L Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL 117 / 117L Adv. Biology II / Lab (5 credits)
  • BRDG 102 Writing and Literature (3 credits)
  • General Elective (3 credits)
  • BRDG 100 Research & Info Skills (1 credit)
  • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHEM 211L Org. Chem I Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL 212 Cell and Molecular Biology (4 credits)
  • MATH 225 Intro to Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • EQ XXX Essential Questions Seminar (3 credits)
  • ENGL 302W Scientific Writing (3 credits)

Please note: Science Writing (ENGL 302W) is recommended before Superlab I (BIOL 370W).
  • CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 212L Org. Chem II Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL ______ Genetics/Mol Bio Topic (3 credits)
  • MATH 335 Biostats II - OR - MATH 116 Calculus II (3/4 credits)
  • Bridges course - Cultural Fluency (3 credits)
  • BIOL 105  Biological Sciences Career Dev (1 credit)
  • BIOL ________ Superlab I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 201/R Phys for Life Sci I/Recitation (3 credits)
  • PHYS 201L Phys for Life Sci I Lab (1 credit)
  • BRDG 105 Intro to Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • General Elective (3 credits)
  • SPRG 108 Service Learning (0/1 credit)

Please note: Science/Service Learning (SPRG 108) can be taken for 1 credit anytime during junior/senior year.
  • BIOL ________ Superlab II - Capstone (4 credits)
  • BIOL ________ Supra-Organismal Topic (3 credits)
  • PHYS 202/R Phys for Life Sci II/Recitation (3 credits)
  • PHYS 202L Phys for Life Sci II Lab (1 credit)
  • Bridges course - Critical Thinking (3 credits)
  • BIOL 490 Biology Seminar (1 credit)
  • BIOL _______ Organismal Topic (3 credits)
  • BIOL _______ Biology Elective (3 credits)
  • BIOL _______ Biology Elective (3 credits)
  • General Elective (Theology) (3 credits)
  • Bridges course - Social & Historical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • BIOL _______ Biology Elective (3 credits)
  • BIOL _______ Biology Elective (3 credits)
  • Bridges course - Ethical Reasoning (3 credits) 
  • General Elective (Philosophy) (3 credits)

Biology Topic Areas

Biology Topic Areas include one course from Genetics, Supra-Organismal and Organismal topics.

  • BIOL 250: Genetics
  • BIOL 319: General Microbiology
  • BIOL 405: Microbial Genetics
  • BIOL 419: Bioinformatics
  • BIOL 424: Immunology
  • BIOL 460: Endocrinology
  • BIOL 468: Human Genetics
  • BIOL 475: Neurobiology
  • BIOL 479: Methods in Population genetics
  • BIOL 530W: Forensic Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 316: Comparative & Environmental Physiology
  • BIOL 322: Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 335: Vertebrate Anatomy, Development & Evolution
  • BIOL 340W: Evolution
  • BIOL 401: Ornithology
  • BIOL 417: Invertebrate Biology
  • BIOL 427W: Microbial Ecology
  • BIOL 432W: Applied & Environmental Microbiology
  • BIOL 438: Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 466: Terrestrial Field Biology
  • BIOL 492W: Stream Field Biology
  • BIOL 494: Environmental Sampling & Analysis
  • BIOL 650: Conservation Biology

Please note: Supra-Organismal Topic area is not needed for Molecular Biology Concentration.

  • BIOL 313: Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 315: Human Physiology
  • BIOL 316: Comparative and Environmental Physiology
  • BIOL 319: General Microbiology
  • BIOL 401: Ornithology
  • BIOL 417: Invertebrate Biology
  • BIOL 424: Immunology
  • BIOL 426: Pathogenic Microbiology
  • BIOL 429: Microbial Physiology
  • BIOL 460: Endocrinology
  • BIOL 475: Neurobiology
  • HLTS 480: Physiology I