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Biology Undergraduate Program

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Because biology study requires preparation in other sciences, students should begin meeting major requirements in the first year. It is particularly important to take CHEM 184 and CHEM 188 in the first year and, for several majors, to take CHEM 624, CHEM 625, CHEM 626, and CHEM 627 in the second year. Ideally, most majors should also take BIOL 150 and BIOL 152 during the first year. Students who have taken BIOL 100 and BIOL 102, have earned an A or B in both courses, and have decided to major in a biological science should consult a UBP adviser to request permission to substitute BIOL 100 and BIOL 102 for BIOL 150.

Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Admission course requirements for Biochemistry, Biology, Human Biology, and Molecular Biosciences:

Admission course requirements for Microbiology:

  • BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • CHEM 188 Foundations of Chemistry II
  • BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics

Biology Admission GPA

Must have a grade-point average of at least 2.2 based on grades in BIOL 150, BIOL 152, CHEM 188, and BIOL 350 (or equivalents).

Microbiology Admission GPA

Must have a grade-point average of at least 2.2 based on grades in BIOL 150, CHEM 188, and BIOL 350 (or equivalents).


Application Term

Students should apply during the semester in which major admission criteria will be completed, normally no later than 60 hours, or for transfer students, during the initial term at KU. Application to this major after completion of 60 hours, or the initial KU term for transfer students, will likely delay graduation.

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