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Academic Requirements

Students have several options for the degree in biology—with lots of customization.

The department offers a B.S. in Biology in which students can choose electives from multiple areas that give them a general background, or they may chose an area of emphasis such as cell/molecular biology & infectious disease,  ecology & evolutionary biology, or physiology & organismal biology. The Biology Department also offers a B.S. in Biology with a Concentration in Biochemistry for students with a strong interest in studying biology at the chemical level.

The Concentration in Biochemistry will no longer available to students graduating after 2020.  The Biology and Chemistry departments have created a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major which is available to students graduating after 2020.

Successful completion of an area of emphasis will be noted on a student’s transcript after graduation.  Given that the SCE must be completed in the selected area of emphasis, a student may only complete one area of emphasis.


Graduation Checklists for Current Majors

  • BS in Biology (general): PDF
  • BS in Biology with a Concentration in Biochemistry (no longer available to students graduating after 2020)PDF
  • BS in Biology with an emphasis in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Infectious Disease: PDF
  • BS in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolution: PDF
  • BS in Biology with an emphasis in Physiology and Organismal Biology: PDF

*Declaration of Areas of Emphasis is done by academic advisor*

*Declaration of Concentration in Biochemistry is done through major declaration form*


Minor in Biology

  • Requirements For The Biology Minor. The course requirements for the biology minor include General Biology (BIO 111,112) and five upper-level biology courses. By petition of the biology department, an appropriate upper-level course in chemistry, psychology, or environmental studies may be substituted for one of the required advanced biology courses. Students planning on using the biology minor as a basis for further studies in the biological sciences or for employment should seriously consider taking a year of General Chemistry (CHE 111, 112). All students should note that CHE 111, 112 is a prerequisite for some upper-level biology courses.
  • Students from a wide variety of majors have received minors in Biology, including: Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Psychology, Spanish, Sociology, Humanities, Business and Drama