Biology Core Requirements

Biology Core Requirements

The following requirements apply to students pursuing a Biology major, Biology minor, or an Individualized Major where Biology is the primary concentration.  The requirements apply to students following either a BS or a BA degree.  BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 220, and BIO 230 are prerequisites to all upper-level biology major courses.  Each of the four courses must be completed with a final grade of C- or better.  Only after passing each of the above courses at the required level of proficiency may students enroll in upper-level biology major courses.

Students who fail to achieve at least a C- in any of the above courses may register again for the same course only by permission of the Department Chair.  If the Department Chair is the course instructor, then a senior tenured professor will determine whether permission is granted.  The senior tenured professor will be chosen by order of seniority and cannot be involved with instruction of the course in question.

Biology majors and Biology minors meet the LAC Tier I/Tier II Natural Science requirements by taking the freshman and sophomore courses designated above, regardless of the passing grade received and/or whether they ultimately change majors.

Four Year Plan for B.S. Degree
First YearCreditsSecond YearCreditsThird YearCreditsFourth YearCredits
BIO 120 with Lab4BIO 220 with Lab4Three upper-level BIO with Lab12Three upper-level BIO with Lab12
BIO 130 with Lab4BIO 230 with Lab4Physics I or II with Lab4BIO 4663
CHE 210 and 2124CHE 2164Tier II Lac6Tier II LAC6
CHE 211 and 2134MAT 2163Electives/Minor8-9Electives/Minor8-12
FYI 1003Tier I LAC9
ENG 100P3-5Electives/Minor3-4
HPE 104 or 1082
Tier I LAC3
MAT 1554
MAT 2434
Four Year Plan for B.A. Degree
First YearCreditsSecond YearCreditsThird YearCreditsFourth YearCredits
BIO 120 with Lab4BIO 220 with Lab4Three upper-level BIO with Lab12Three upper-level BIO with Lab12
BIO 130 with Lab4BIO 230 with Lab4Physics I or II with Lab4BIO 4663
CHE 210 and 2124CHE 2164Tier II Lac6Tier II LAC6
CHE 211 and 2134EES 104 or 110/1124Electives/Minor8-9Electives/Minor8-12
FYI 1003Tier I LAC9
ENG 100P3-5Electives/Minor3-4
HPE 104 or 1082
Tier I LAC3