2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Biology

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree builds foundational knowledge in biology as well as chemistry, physics and math through core required courses. Students then select additional biology electives that explore concepts related to their individual area of interest.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


Course Credits
General Education Courses 42
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Oral Communication Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 273  Applied Calculus  OR  MAT 281  Calculus I
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
Any Tech Lit. Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
PHY 121  General Physics I 
Social Sciences
Any Social Science Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 102  Composition II
  • MAT 215  Statistics
  • CHE 101  General Chemistry I
Required Major Courses 47
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
BIO 125  General Botany 4
BIO 215  Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 218  Genetics 4
BIO 248  General Ecology 4
BIO 300-level Anatomy Course 4
BIO 300- or 400-level Physiology Course 4
BIO 478  Evolution 3
ENS 495  Design and Analysis 4
PHY 122  General Physics II 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
CHE 331  Organic Chemistry I 4
Related Electives 13
Any 300- or 400-level BIO or ENS course, CHE 415  or related College of Science and Technology 300- or 400-level course (with approval of your adviser)
Free Electives 18
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): Any two BIO or ENS Upper-Division Writing Component Courses
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BIO 215 Cellular and Molecular Biology

Program Note: Chemistry minor (20 credits) recommended for those students intending to pursue graduate or professional school. (Must declare minor with chemistry chair.)

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