Sample Curriculum

Biological Sciences sample curriculum. (Subject to change based on student's schedules.)

First Year
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
BIOS 10161. (Core Ia: Principles) (Lab #1) 4 BIOS 10162. (Core Ib: Principles) (Lab #2) 4
MATH 10350 or 10550 4 MATH 10360 or 10560 4
CHEM 10171. (or 10181) (1) 4 CHEM 10172. (or 10182) (1) 4
History or Sociology (2) 3 History or Sociology (2) 3
WR 13100. Writing and Rhetoric 3 Theology or Philosophy (2) 3
First Year Experience 1 First Year Experience 1
Total: 19 Total: 19
 
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
BIOS 20250. (Core II: Genetics) 4 BIOS 20241. (Core III: Cell Biology) 3
BIOS 21250. (required Lab #3) 1 Elective Lab # 4 (e.g., 21241 Cell Biology) 1/2
CHEM 20273 4 CHEM 20274 4
Theology or Philosophy 3 Theology or Philosophy 3
Language 4 Language 3/4
    Free Elective / BIOS Elective 3
Total: 16 Total: 17/19
 
Junior Year
Fall Semester (overseas class options)   Spring Semester  
BIOS Core IV (Physiology) 3 BIOS 40411 (Biostatistics) 4
Physics 30210, 31210 4 BIOS Core V (Evolutionary Biology) 3
Free Elective 3 Physics 30220, 31220 4
Theology or Philosophy 3 Fine Art/Literature (3) 3
Language 3 Free Elective / BIOS Elective 3
Total: 16 Total: 17
 
Senior Year      
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
BIOS Core VI (Ecology) 3 BIOS Elective 3
BIOS or Science Elective (4) 3 BIOS Elective 3
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Elective BIOS Lab #5 1 Elective BIOS Lab #6 1
Free Elective / BIOS Elective 3 Free Elective / BIOS Elective 3
Total: 16   Total: 16
124 credits needed to complete degree

1 Students who begin with the CHEM 10181–10182 sequence and select BIOS as their major would complete the four-semester sequence with CHEM 20273–20274.

2 One of these courses must be a University seminar.

3 For premedical students, it is strongly recommended that the student take a 20000-level English literature course. This ensures that the student will be able to meet the standard medical-school admission requirement of two English courses. Medical ethics and biochemistry are also generally required or highly recommended.

4 While not required, many students choose to take a supporting 3-credit non-BIOS science course that counts toward the required 41 credits in their major.

Also, Biostatistics (BIOS 40411/42411) is highly recommended for all students planning on a health-related professional program or a graduate program, especially in ecology, environmental biology, or other fields of life science. A non-BIOS/Science elective can be any 30000-50000-level course other than those required, and approved by the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Biological Sciences. Biochemistry (e.g., CHEM 40420) is especially recommended.