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Bachelor of Arts in Biology

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Majors and Concentrations

Bachelor’s degree requirements in biology are modified as necessary. Current requirements are available in the KUUB office and online. Major programs are offered in biochemistry, biology, human biology, and microbiology. Students may choose to concentrate in a range of specialties in the biological sciences, such as botany, cellular biology, developmental biology, environmental biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, paleontology, physiology, systematics, or zoology (invertebrate or vertebrate).

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 KUUB adviser to request permission to substitute BIOL 100 and BIOL 102 for BIOL 150.

Requirements for the B.A. Major in Biology

For general requirements for the B.A. degree, see CLAS General Education Degree Requirements on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page.

Students must complete at least 124 hours (45 junior/senior hours) to graduate.

Biology Core Requirements 24-25 hours
  • BIOL 150 (or BIOL 151 Honors) Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 152 (or BIOL 153 Honors) Principles of Organismal Biology (4)
  • BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 412 Evolutionary Biology (3)
  • BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Biology (must be taken in senior year) (1)
  • 1 of the following 3 courses:
    BIOL 413 History and Diversity of Organisms (3)
    BIOL 414 Principles of Ecology (3)
    BIOL 550 Introduction to Systematics (3)
  • 2 of the following 5 courses:
    BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology (or BIOL 401 Honors) (3)
    BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms (3)
    BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function (3)
    BIOL 417 Biology of Development (3)
    BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures (4)
General Science Requirements 28-29 hours
Elective and Laboratory Requirements 10 hours
  • Biology courses numbered 400 or higher, including at least 4 hours of laboratory credit, are required. Courses above that have not been used to meet requirements may be used as electives. No more than 3 hours of BIOL 423 Nonlaboratory Independent Study and/or BIOL 424 Independent Study can be applied toward the elective requirement. No more than 2 hours of BIOL 424 can be applied toward the laboratory requirement.

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