May 20, 2018
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Major Requirements for Biology BA/BS
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Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 72
- 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:
- Complete 3 semesters of research experience. The Biology Honors Faculty Advisor must approve research options. Students may opt to earn credit for their research by taking BIOL 4995 or BIOL 4955 .
- Students must complete 3 semesters of Honors Research prior to enrolling in BIOL 4999 .
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.
Complete 1 Course
Complete 1 Course
Note that admission to some graduate programs or career paths may require additional organic chemistry and labs.
Complete 2 Courses
Note that admission to some graduate programs or career paths may require physics labs.
Major Requirements for Biology - Anatomy & Physiology
Form & Function
Complete 1 Course:
Complete 18 credits of Biology Electives from the following list.
- A minimum of 2 courses must be at the 5000-level.
- No more than 6 credits of 2000-level courses may be used.
- No more than 3 credits of BIOL 4955 may be used.
- Honors Biology majors may use no more than 9 credits of Individual Research. A combination of BIOL 4955 and BIOL 4995 may be used.
Anatomy & Physiology
Complete 4 Courses (Course used to complete Form & Function section can’t be used)
Complete 4-6 Credits to reach the 18 credits required for Electives
Biology Laboratory Courses
Biology majors must complete a 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 1-2 depending on the extent of laboratory expereince provided.
Some students may need to complete an additional 3-6 credits of approved scienec courses to fulfill the requirement for 72 credits of approved science courses.