May 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Biology: Preprofessional, B.S.

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General Education

 (see Certified General Education Courses  for a list of approved courses)

Rhetoric and Writing: (6 hours)

  • Two approved courses in rhetoric and writing

Fine Arts and Humanities: (12 hours)

  • Complete one approved course in each subcategory

Historical Understanding (3 hours)

Literature (3 hours)

Thought, Values and Beliefs (3 hours)

Visual and Performing Arts (3 hours)

Natural Sciences: (7-8 hours)

  • Two approved natural sciences courses, at least one including a laboratory component

Behavioral and Social Sciences: (6 hours)

  • Two approved behavioral or social science courses in two different disciplines

Mathematics: (3 hours)

  • One approved mathematics course

Statistics: (3 hours)

Non-Western Culture: (3 hours)

  • One approved non-western culture course

Biology courses - 40 hours including:

Biology Electives:

Biology Courses up to 40 hours:

All BIOL courses including:
BIOL 4610r  - Biology Seminar (maximum 2 hours)
BIOL 4998r  - Independent Studies and/or BIOL 4997r  - Research (maximum 4 hours)

Additional Requirements for the Major:

  • Biology electives to complete 40 earned hours in Biology.
  • Complete a minimum of four (4) Biology lab courses above the 1000-level.
  • No more than 2 hours of BIOL 4610r  (Seminar) and 4 hours of BIOL 4997r  (Research) and/or BIOL 4998r  (Individual Studies) may be counted as part of the 40 hours in Biology.
  • A minimum 16 hours of Biology courses at the 4000-level is required.
  • A minimum grade of C must be earned in BIOL 3060  , BIOL 3250  or BIOL 3350  in order to take a Survey or Cell and Physiology course. See course descriptions for specific prerequisites.
  • A minimum grade of C must be earned in BIOL 3060  , BIOL 3250  or BIOL 3350  in order to take an Advanced Ecology and Evolution course. See course descriptions for specific prerequisites.
  • Courses offered in Botany and Zoology at Gulf Coast Research Laboratory may be substituted. Approval of the department head is required.


Additional Information and Notes

All senior level students must take a major field achievement test in biology prior to graduation.

2.0 GPA in all required major and related courses (including specified General Education courses).

Minimum of 39 hours of 3000 and 4000 level courses.

Electives to complete 120 hours.

See Degree and Graduation Requirements  for additional requirements.

Licensure to Teach

Students seeking licensure to teach Biology should pursue their major through Biology: STEM Education, B.S. 

ClearPath for Advising

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