The B.A. degree is recommended for students involved in interdisciplinary programs and for entrance to those professional schools and specific biological careers not requiring a B.S. degree with a major in Biology.

Curriculum Requirements

Biology10
General Biology
General Biology Laboratory
Evolution and Biodiversity
Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
BIL Electives24
At least three BIL elective credits must be at the 400-level or higher
At least one elective course must be a CAPSTONE. (Locate capstone courses in Canelink Class Search under "Additional Search Criteria", subheading "Course Attributes".)
Up to eight credit hours toward the major, but not the minor, may be selected from the following:
Courses numbered 300 or higher in BMB, MBF or MIC
MSC courses numbered 300 or higher with a biological topic
Biomedical Technology
Chemistry
Select one of the following options:8-15
Option 1:
Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Lecture)
Principles of Chemistry I
Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Laboratory)
Chemistry Laboratory I
Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Lecture)
Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Laboratory)
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Option 2: Choose Chemistry for the BioSciences Three-semester Sequence.
Chemistry For The Biosciences I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
CHM211 Chemistry for the Biosciences II
and Chemistry Laboratory II
CHM212 Chemistry for the Biosciences III
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Minor15
A minor in a department other than natural science.
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
or MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II
Language Courses3-9
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Electives33-20
Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
BIL 149 First Year Information (Does not count towards the Biology major, but is an excellent introduction to your major and to the Department of Biology.) 1
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Elective (Usually MTH 101 or MTH 107) 3
Language 101 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Precalculus Mathematics II  
Finite Mathematics  
Introductory Calculus  
Language 102 3
 Credit Hours14
Year Two
Fall
BIL Elective (BIL 250 recommended) 3
CHM 103 or 111 Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Lecture)
or Principles of Chemistry I
3
CHM 105 or 113 Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Laboratory)
or Chemistry Laboratory I
1
Language 2XX 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BIL Elective 3
Course in Minor 3
CHM 104 or 201 Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Lecture)
or Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
3
CHM 106 or 205 Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Laboratory)
or Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
1
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
BIL Elective 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course (WRI) 3
General Elective (WRI) 3
Course in Minor 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BIL Elective 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
General Elective (WRI) 3
Course in Minor 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
BIL Elective 400 level or higher 3
BIL Elective 3
Course in Minor (WRI) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BIL Elective 3
BIL Elective 3
Course in Minor 3
Course in Minor or Elective 3
General Elective (WRI) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours121