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
HHMI General Biology Laboratory.
Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory I
Evolution and Biodiversity
Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
HHMI Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory.
Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory II
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 for the major may be selected from courses with a biological topic and numbered 300 or higher in MBE, MES, or MSC.
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
or ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology
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 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151, 152,
General Biology Laboratory
or HHMI General Biology Laboratory.
or Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory I
1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Elective (Usually MTH) 3
Language 101 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161, 162,
Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
or HHMI Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory.
or Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory II
1
ENG 106 or 107 English Composition II
or English Composition II: Science and Technology
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 or BIL 255 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
1
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours121