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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BA


In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biology, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits with a cumulative and major/department grade point average of 2.00, including the following:


  1. Grade requirements for prerequisite courses: a minimum grade of C (2.00) is required for any biology course that will serve as a prerequisite for another biology course; a minimum grade of C- is required in other science courses that serves as prerequisites.
  2. If BIOL 2200 is selected, BIOL 2210 should be taken as an elective.
  3. A maximum of five credits of research courses, which include BIOL 3990 and 4990, may be counted towards Biology Electives.
  4. At least 15 credits of the biology elective courses (non-senior synthesis) must be from 3000- or 4000-level courses (see Course Descriptions ). Some of the course choices may require prerequisites beyond the minimal degree requirements.
  5. BIOL 2220  and BIOL 3100  may not both apply towards this degree.

III. Other Major Department Requirements

40 credits in the natural sciences, including:

Natural Sciences

Choose 10 credits from the courses in these departments (see course descriptions ):1

  • Chemistry:  CHEM 2100 or above
  • Mathematics: MATH 1210  or above
  • Physics:  PHYS 1050/1051 or above

Science Electives

  • 10 credits of additional science electives approved by department.2


  1. Natural science courses must be different from the Mathematics course chosen in the Mathematics section.
  2. Science elective courses must be a major-level course for that department and may be a Biology course 2200 or above.