The Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences

The B.A. degree is a good choice for students who have a general interest in biology, who desire to teach biology at the secondary level, or who are interested in professions that require an understanding of biological principles. 

Degree Requirements:

Students receiving the B.A. degree in biological sciences must complete General education requirements for the BA degree in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and at least 37 hours in the Department of Biological Sciences at or above the 200 level.  All courses in the major must be completed with a  C- or better

The following courses are required: Introduction to Biology L101 and Ll02,  Molecular Biology L211, Genetics L311, and Biology Seminar (L403).  An additional 18 credits (minimum) must be completed in the following two categories with at least one course from each category.

Category I- Organismal Courses
Vascular Plants (B300), Marine Biology (L304), Organismal Phyiology (L308), Evolution (L318), Special Topics: Tropical Marine Biology Field Course (L342), Ecology (L473), Ecology Laboratory (L474), Introductory Anatomy and Physiology 2 (P262), Intro to the Animal Kingdom (Z301), Entomology (Z373/Z383), Ethology (Animal Behavior - Z460).

Category 2- Cellular Courses
Bioinformatics (L280), Cell Biology (L312), Cell Biology Lab (L313), Developmental Biology (L317), Immunology (L321), Molecular Biology Laboratory (L323), Microbiology (M310), Microbiology Laboratory (M315), Virology (M430).

Cognate Science Requirements in Chemistry, Physics, and Math
Required Chemistry courses C105/C125, C106/C126, C341; Physics P201 or P221; Mathematics M215

First Semester Credit hours Second Semester Credit hours
Introduction to Biology(L101)
Introduction to biology (L102)
Chemistry (C105/C125)
Chemistry (C106/C126)
English (W131)
Languages or Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences
3-6 cr
Language or Arts and Humanities or Social Behavioral Sciences
Total Credit hour
Total credit hours

Students wishing to major in biology should contact Dr. Ann Grens (, Dr. Deborah Marr ( or the chairperson of the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Andrew Schnabel (, as early as possible in their academic course of study.