Students are required to complete at least 120 credit hours, including 41 hours of General Education courses; a minimum of 45 hours must be taken in 300- and 400-level courses to meet university graduation requirements (Honors Seminar credit cannot be applied toward this 45-hour upper-level credit requirement). A general University degree requirement is that a student must have an adjusted grade point average of at least 2.0 in all course work. The Ray P. Authement College of Sciences requires an adjusted grade point average of at least 2.3 for all courses in the major field of study. To qualify for graduation, a student must earn a grade of "C" or better in all BIOL courses which are applicable to the degree. Effective with the issuance of the 2016-17 catalog, the Department of Biology has added a writing requirement to its majors. Students must complete one of the designated courses that place an emphasis on writing.
The links at left provide details on course requirements and electives and a 4-year degree plan. Electives should be selected in consultation with the your advisor. In order to enroll in any 400-level course, students must be admitted to the Upper Division. A student is classified as a Junior Division student until entry requirements are met for Upper Division, as follows:
University requirements to be admitted to the Upper Division are:
- ENGL 102 (or ESOL 102) with a grade of “C” or better,
- MATH 100, 105 or 107 with grade of “D” or better,
- 3 hours or more in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS, or ENVS 150 with a grade of “D” or better,
- 30 non-developmental hours,
- 2.0 adjusted GPA
Additional requirements of the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences for Biology majors are:
- C or better in ENGL 101 and MATH 109, 110, 143, and 250
- Completion of 3 hours or more in MATH or STAT at 200-level or higher
- 2.3 adjusted GPA in major courses
A formal degree plan endorsed by the student's advisor must be submitted to the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences office by the semester immediately preceding the semester in which degree requirements are expected to be completed. Details are available on the Advising section of this site.