2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Mar 21, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.A.

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Major Requirements for Biology

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Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 72

Graduation Requirements:

  • A minimum of 72 hours in science courses are required.
  • A minimum of 36 hours in BIOL courses are required.
  • 21 semester hours in BIOL courses must be completed at the U of U.
  • 2 BIOL lab courses including 3 lab units must be completed at the U of U.
  • All major courses must be completed with a C- or better.

Honors in Biology

Students seeking an HBA or HBS in Biology must complete:

Ancillary Science Requirements

Biology rests on a foundation of mathematics and physical sciences. Biology majors must complete substantial ancillary work in Math, Chemistry, and Physics.

Introductory Biology Course

BIOL 1210 - Principles of Biology  (4) is a prerequisite for the Biology core and most Biology electives.

Biology Electives

Complete 18 credits of Biology Electives from the following list.

5000-level Electives

(Complete 2 courses)

Additional Approved Electives

Biology Laboratory Courses

Biology majors must complete at least 4 approved biology laboratory courses that total 5 lab units.

“Lab units” are assigned to laboratory courses by the department, and they range in value from 1 to 3 depending on the extent of laboratory experience provided.


Science electives

Some students may need to complete an additional 3-6 CR of approved science courses to fulfill the requirement for 72 CR of approved science courses.

Sample 4-yr Degree Plan

Note: This is just a sample. Log into My Degree Dashboard (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

First Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 17 Credit(s)

Total Hours: 17 Credit(s)

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry I 4 Credit(s)
  • General Education (AI) 3 Credit(s)
  • Bachelor Degree (Language) 4 Credit(s)
  • Biology - Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • Biology - Science Elective 3 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 17 Credit(s)

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 16 Credit(s)

Summer Semester

  • General Education (HF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education (FF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education (BF) 3 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 9 Credit(s)

Third Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 16 Credit(s)

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 16 Credit(s)

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

  • General Education (HF) 3 Credit(s)
  • Biology - Form and Function 3 Credit(s)
  • Biology - 3000+ Level Electives 3 Credit(s)
  • Biology - 5000-Level Electives 3 Credit(s)
  • Upper Division General Elective Hours 4 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 16 Credit(s)

Spring Semester

  • General Education (FF) 3 Credit(s)
  • Biology - 3000+ Level Electives 3 Credit(s)
  • Biology - 5000-Level Electives 3 Credit(s)
  • Upper Division General Electives 3 Credit(s)
  • Bachelor Degree (IR) 3 Credit(s) 
Total Hours: 15 Credit(s)