Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Biology, B.S.

The B.S. degree in biology is designed to give the student a solid background in the biological and natural sciences while maintaining the flexibility for the student to select courses that meet interests and career goals.  The required introductory sequence provides the fundamental background in biology to move into the upper-level courses.  The four, Core Areas allow flexibility in selecting courses while providing a breadth of background. The Core Areas emphasize ecological or biological diversity concepts, anatomy, organismal functioning, and cellular functioning.  The additional 14 hours of biology course work allow a student to focus on one or several of these core areas.  Inherent to the understanding of biological systems is knowledge of both chemistry and physics.  The requirement for the B.S. candidates to complete 20 hours of training in the natural sciences serves to provide a breadth of understanding of biological systems.

B.S. Curriculum

Common Core Course Requirements

All B.S. biology majors are required to complete the following courses:

Core Area Pairings

Cellular/Molecular Biology    

Additional Hours

Additional hours (14) must be selected from any area within the biology curriculum except for research hours to total a minimum of 43 hours in biology. In addition to the biology courses, B.S. majors must complete two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab (CH 223  and CH 229 CH 224  and CH 230 ), Biochemistry (CH 322 ) or Ecological Biochemistry (BI 325 ), a math sequence (MA 106 /MA 126  or MA 123 /MA 124 ), and General Physics I and II (PY 120  and PY 155 PY 121  and PY 156 ). To broaden the education, six credits of any English, rhetoric, and humanistic studies (ERH) courses above the 100 level are required. Additionally, 12 non-science elective (LA) credits must be completed in English, rhetoric, and humanistic studies, history, economics, business, psychology, international and political science, or modern languages. The remainder (9) of the 136.5 hours required for graduation can be taken from any department on post. Cadets completing the B.S. degree often complete minors in other disciplines. A minor in chemistry can be completed by taking one additional course from selected courses in the chemistry curriculum. The requirements for minors in psychology, history or English, rhetoric, and humanistic studies areas, for example, fit in well with our elective requirements.

Additional Core Curriculum Requirements

All B.S. and B.A. biology majors are also required to satisfy four additional Core Curriculum requirements:

  1. Two writing intensive courses must be taken with one in the biology major.
  2. Two Civilizations and Cultures courses (6 credits).
  3. LEAD 344 Leadership in Organizations  

Synopsis of the B.S. Curriculum in Biology

Fourth (Freshman) Class

Third (Sophomore) Class

Second (Junior) Class

First (Senior) Class

Total Semester Hrs: 18.5 - 19.5

Total Semester Hrs: 17

Total Hours: minimum 136

*Minimum Grade of C Required.