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Biological Science [CAS] (Bachelor of Science)


Students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science through the College of Arts and Science (CAS) or through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The courses that comprise the biological science major are identical for students in either college, but the colleges differ in their general distribution requirements. In CAS, students are required to fulfill distribution requirement by completing six courses from at least two of the following categories: foreign languages, fine arts, literature, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and mathematics. In CALS, students are required to fulfill distribution requirements by completing seven courses including two in social science, two in humanities and fine arts, and courses in oral and written communication, and information technology. Two courses exploring race relations and ethnicity in the United States are also required by both colleges.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

The Integrated Biological Science B.S. core requires satisfactory completion of BCOR 11/BCOR 12 - Exploring Biology, BCOR 101 - Genetics, BCOR 102 - Ecology and Evolution, BCOR 103 - Molecular and Cell Biology; CHEM 31/CHEM 32, CHEM 141/CHEM 142; PHYS 11/PHYS 12 or PHYS 31/PHYS 42 (either sequence must include laboratory sections PHYS 21 and PHYS 22); MATH 19/MATH 20 or MATH 21/MATH 22; STAT 141 or STAT 211.

In consultation with their academic advisor, students will design a course of study that includes an additional 26 credit hours of advanced life-science electives. From the advanced-level electives, students must complete 12 credits from courses with a statistical component, 3 credits that stress oral communication and 3 credits that stress written communication. Consult the Integrated Biological Science advisors for a list of approved advanced courses including those that fulfill the statistical, oral and written communication requirements.

Within the advanced-level elective courses, and excluding the BCOR courses, no more than 8 credits at the 100-level may apply to the major except with written permission from an advisor and not exceeding three 100-level courses. With advisor's permission, biologically relevant 300-level courses may be applied towards the advanced-level course requirement.

Up to 6 credits of undergraduate research in any biological discipline may be applied toward the 26 credits of advanced electives. Only three of these can be taken for credit at the 100-level, and these will be counted in the 8 credits allowed at the 100-level.

In year 2, all students are expected to meet with their advisor to map a plan of study for completing their higher-level courses. The plan will be signed by both the advisor and student and will become a part of the student´┐Żs record.

Students majoring in the B.S. program in Biological Science are required to take at least 84 credit hours of coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences. This does not apply to CALS students.