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Graduation Requirements

College of Science & Mathematics
Department of Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Graduation Requirements
Entry level courses can be completed on either campus, but degree must be completed on St. Thomas campus.
A. Required Courses in Biology (24 credit hours): Credits
BIO 141-142 General Biology I-II 4-4
BIO 245 Genetics 4
BIO 223 Ecology 4
BIO 360 Cell and Molecular Biology I 4
BIO 365 Junior Biology Seminar+ 2
BIO 497 Senior Science Seminar I 1
SCI 497 or BIO 498 Interdisciplinary Sr Sem or Sr Sem II 1
B. Required Courses in Related Fields (36-38 credit hours):
CHE 151 and 152 General Chemistry 5-5
CHE 253 and 254 Organic Chemistry 5-5
MAT 241 and 242 Introduction to Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, II 4-4
PHY 211-212* Introduction to Physics I-II 4-4
PHY 241-242 General Physics I-II 5-5
C. Science Electives: An additional 30 credit hours of science electives are required.

*MAT 153 is the prerequisite for physics, so biology majors will need to take MAT 153 as well.

Other Requirements:

  • All students must pass a comprehensive exam administered during the final semester of the senior year.

+By the end of the sophomore year, all students must submit a study plan.

  • The study plan is a prerequisite to enrolling in Junior Biology Seminar.
  • The study plan must be approved by the faculty of the Biology Program.
  • Any change in the study plan must be approved by the student’s advisor.