2015-2016 General Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2018  
2015-2016 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, H.B.S. - Honors

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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.

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.


Note that admission to some graduate programs or career paths may require additional organic chemistry and labs.


Note that admission to some graduate programs or career paths may require physics labs.

Recommended Introductory Biology Course:

Biology majors are encouraged to complete BIOL 1210 - Principles of Biology  (4). BIOL 1210  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.

One occurance of BIOL 4955 - Individual Research  will count as a lab course.

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.

Honors Required Courses

Students who complete the Honors Degree requirements AND maintain a 3.5 gpa will recieve the Honors Degree (H.B.S or H.B.A.) designation on their diploma.

See Honors College  for more information.


Complete 3 additional honors (HONOR or HON attribute) courses.


Complete 1 Honors Thesis course (DEPT 4999) in your major department.

Final thesis must be approved by Honors Advisor.