Biological Sciences, B.A.

Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. degree program is provided for the student who has a general interest in the biological sciences but who does not plan to pursue advanced work in graduate school or undertake professional achievements in biological sciences. This program offers the basic courses for students whose career plans include the biological sciences, public policy or environmental studies.


Requirements (Total Credits Required 120)

A. Liberal Education curriculum

Refer to the Liberal Education Curriculum Bulletin for specific requirements.

B. Departmental requirements (64 Credits)

1. At least one course chosen from each of the following areas:

a. Cellular-Molecular area:
  • BS4400 Cell Biology
  • BS4460 Genetics
  • BS4560 Molecular Biology
b. Organismic area:
  • BS3400 Vertebrate Physiology
  • BS3520 Comparative Anatomy
  • BS4430 Developmental Biology
c. Population area:
  • BS4440 Evolution
  • BS4470 Ecology
  • BS4474 Microbial Ecology

2. Three courses chosen from the following Biology electives:

  • BS2490 Environmental Science
  • BS3400 Vertebrate Physiology
  • BS3450 Plant Biology
  • BS3510 Parasitology
  • BS3520 Comparative Anatomy
  • BS3530 Comparative Genomics
  • BS3531 Comparative Genomics Lab
  • BS3710 Environmental Physiology
  • BS3810 Biological Aspects of Aging
  • BS3910 Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • BS4400 Cell Biology
  • BS4410 Histology
  • BS4420 Microbiology
  • BS4430 Developmental Biology
  • BS4440 Evolution
  • BS4460 Genetics
  • BS4461 Immunology
  • BS4470 Ecology
  • BS4471 Freshwater Ecology (Limnology)
  • BS4474 Microbial Ecology
  • BS4480 Animal Behavior
  • BS4491 Human Ecology
  • BS4500 Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
  • BS4550 Cancer Cell Biology
  • BS4560 Molecular Biology
  • BS4680 Environmental Health
  • BS5590 Advanced Research
  • BS5591 Environmental Research
  • CP4510 Biochemistry

​3. MA2090 Precalculus (Calculus, Statistics or Computer Science recommended)

4. CP2220-2221 Structure of Physics I (with Lab)

5. CP2120-2121 & 2130-2131 Principles of Chemistry, I, II (with Labs) if additional Chemistry courses are planned


6. 8 credits in foreign language or computer science


7. Additional Recommended Courses. Electives may be chosen with an advisor to meet the specific interests of particular students. 

Electives in other programs should be chosen to cover a broad range of subject areas; advisors will assist students in selecting the most appropriate courses. These electives cannot be used in substitution of a biology elective course from section d.

c. general electives

In consultation with Academic Advisor.

D. Other Requirements

Completion of BS2400/BS2401-BS2410/BS2411 Basic Biological Sciences I and II and labs, with grades of C or better are prerequisites for upper-division biology courses. A grade of C or better is required in each biology course in order to be credited for graduation.