2019-2020 Catalog 
    May 30, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog

Biology, Biological Sciences track, B.S.

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The Biological Sciences track will prepare students for graduate school and work as biologists. Biologists are involved in research which seeks to discover ways of curing disease, eliminating famine, minimizing humans’ effect on the climate, increasing life expectancy, and utilizing biological knowledge and understanding to improve our lives while at the same time protecting the environment. Consequently, biologists are employed by governmental agencies, the military, and private industry in such diverse fields as agriculture, wildlife biology, genetics, pharmaceuticals, law, and many others.

Core Curriculum: Areas A-E (42 hours)

See ABAC Core Curriculum , using Area D Science option .

Area D: CHEM 1211 /CHEM 1211L  and CHEM 1212 /CHEM 1212L  are strongly recommended.

Required Courses for the Major: 37 hours

A minimum grade of C is required in these courses.

*Note: General track may substitute BIOL 3800K  for BIOL 3850K , and BIOL 4200K  for BIOL 4250K  

Track Courses Required: 5 hours

A minimum grade of C is required in these courses.

Track Courses Electives:18 hours

A minimum grade of C is required in these courses.
Choose 18 hours from the following (a minimum of 5 hours must be 3000- 4000- level courses).

Total Hours Required for the Degree: 120 hours

Plus PHED 1100  and one PE activity course .


  • Students should follow their advisor’s recommendations for appropriate selections in Core Curriculum  Area A1 , Area A2 , and Area D .
  • Credit toward graduation not allowed for the following combinations of science courses:
    • Principles of Biology and non-Science Biology courses (see Biology Course Descriptions  for specifics),
    • Principles of Chemistry and non-Science Chemistry courses (see Chemistry Course Descriptions  for specifics), and
    • Principles of Physics and non-Science Physics courses (see Physics Course Descriptions  for specifics).
  • The maximum number of hours that will be awarded for credit for completion of internships is 9 credit hours.
  • When a course is authorized in multiple areas of a degree program, students completing the course to meet requirements of one area must take a different course in the subsequent area(s) to meet the requirements of the subsequent area(s) (i.e., No course can be counted multiple times in a degree program).
  • A baccalaureate degree program requires at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall. Upper division is defined as 3000- and 4000-level courses.

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