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Biology Major (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts program is designed to provide greater flexibility than the B.S. in meeting broad student interests.

Only courses with 3 or more credit hours will count as biology electives towards the major/minor or as allied sciences

Departmental Requirements

  • BIOL 101 & 101L/102L (102L can be taken in place of 101L) –  gateway course, with a C grade or better in BIOL 101
  • BIOL 201, 202, and 205 (the core courses)
  • One organismal structure and diversity course chosen from 271/L, 272/L, 273/L, 274/L, 275/L,  277/L, 278/L, 279/L, 471/L, 472/L, 473/L, 474/L, 475/L, 476/L, 478/L, 479L, or 579/L
  • Three biology electives numbered above 205 (not including 213, 291, 292, 293, 296, 495, and 692H), at least one with a laboratory. At least one course out of the four courses (three electives and one organismal course) must be numbered above 400 (not including 495, 692H)

Additional Requirements

  • CHEM 102/102L
  • Four additional courses Allied Science courses (courses in biology, other natural sciences, or mathematics)
  • Three supplemental education courses: 200 level (and above) courses that are not fulfilling the requirements of the major and are not BIOL classes
  • Students must fulfill all General Education requirements (Foundations, Approaches, Connections, and Supplemental Education) with these restrictions and additions:
  1. Foundations: Foreign language: through level 3
  2. Foundations: Quantitative reasoning: one of the following: COMP 110, 116, MATH 130, 152, 231, STOR 155, 215
  3. Approaches: Physical sciences:  CHEM 101 and CHEM101L
  4. General electives to complete the 120 academic hours required for graduation
  5. At least 18 credit hours of C or better in Biology courses. Note that only biology courses that count toward the major can fulfill this requirement, and that BIOL 101 does not count toward this requirement.

Suggested Program of Study for B.A. Majors

Please note that this is just one of several optional plans. For tailoring the right plan for your needs, please consult with our Biology Advisor, Dr. Gidi Shemer (

First Year

BIOL 101 & 101L/102L (102L can be taken in place of 101L) ; CHEM 101/101L, 102/102L; ENGL 101, 102; language levels 2, 3; Foundations quantitative reasoning requirement as specified above; lifetime fitness

Sophomore Year

Two of the three biology core courses (201, 202, 205); allied sciences (two courses); Approaches and Connections (four courses)

Junior Year

Remaining biology core course, organismal biology course, biology electives (one course); allied sciences (two courses); Approaches and Connections (two courses)

Senior Year

Biology electives (two courses); Approaches and Connections (one course); Free electives as needed to complete 120 academic hours and other requirements

Transfer students:  Biology-B.A.-Transfer-Checklist