Major Requirements

The requirements for a major in biology are 32 credits in biology plus 12 supporting credits:

Biology Courses
BIOL 121Cell Biology4
BIOL 122Evolution and Diversity4
BIOL 221Ecology4
BIOL 222Genetics and Molecular Biology4
Field Courses
Select one of the following 4-credit field courses: 14
Ecology and Field Biology
Plant Taxonomy
Conservation Biology
Ecology of East Africa
Geology (Education majors only)
Laboratory-Based Courses
Select one of the following 4-credit laboratory-based courses:4
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Behavior
Immunology and Parasitology
Advanced Cell Biology
Integrated Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I
Integrated Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II
Advanced Topics in Genetics
300- or 400-Level Biology Courses
8 additional credits from 300- or 400-level biology courses 28
Supporting Courses
CHEM 127General Chemistry I4
CHEM 128General Chemistry II4
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I
Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours44

All field courses include an off-campus learning experience of at least two to three days.


No more than the equivalent of 4 credits from the following may be applied toward the major:

BIOL 300 May Seminar, BIOL 380 Special Topics, BIOL 480 Independent Study, BIOL 487 Directed Research/NEU 487 Directed Research

The following cannot be counted toward a major:

BIOL 303 Biomedical Ethics, BIOL 390 Cooperative Education, BIOL 395 Internship in Medicine

The biology major field test provided by Educational Testing Service must be taken the last semester prior to graduation. The department will announce the date.

Organic chemistry, physics and mathematics are recommended courses for biology majors. For graduate work in the biological sciences, many schools require the following or their equivalents:

MATH 121Calculus I4
MATH 122Calculus II4
PHYS 111General College Physics I4
PHYS 112General College Physics II4
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 373Biochemistry I4
An applied statistics course, such as:
MATH 205Introduction to Statistics4
Research experience, such as:
BIOL/NEU 487Directed Research1-4
BIOL 497Research Seminar4

Degree and Graduation Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements listed above, all students must complete the graduation requirements specified for their degree.  See the Degree and Graduation Requirements section for more information.