Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree
The B.A. in Biology (major code BIOA) is a major program that provides a solid foundation in laboratory-based life science for students who are interested in integrating their study of biology with other related areas including law, ethics, psychology, history, computer science, writing or journalism. The program is of interest to students majoring in education, for students interested in science writing, and for general understanding of this area of study, that is increasingly important for informed citizenship, intelligent parenting, and life-long learning.
In addition to meeting the standards and requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, degree candidates for the B.A. in Biology must complete a minimum of 31 credits in biology, chemistry, and mathematics as well as 15 credits from the elective course list for a total of 46 credits. At least two major elective courses must be in Biology (BIOL), and no more than 4 credits of Biology electives may be in research, independent study or Co-op courses.
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Students pursuing the B.A. in Biology will follow the College of Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum requirements for B.A. students.
B.A. Degree Requirements
The following courses must be completed:
||General Biology Organism/Cell
||Senior Biology Seminar
||General Chemistry I-II
||General Chemistry Lab I-II
||Elective course in Biology above 2000 level (Note: Some have pre-requisites)
Select 7-9 credits from the following BIOA Electives:
||Introduction to Physical Anthropology
||Organic Chemistry I and Lab I
||Organic Chemistry II and Lab II
||Scientific and Technical Writing
||Computer Science Essentials
||Computer Science for Science Majors
||Statistics for Science Majors
||Philosophy of Science
||General Physics I-II
||Physics Laboratory I-II
||Introduction to Psychology
||Psychology courses by advisement
|SOCI 2224 or
|Sociology of Health and Medicine
Health and Medicine: An Anthropological Approach
Please see the Undergraduate Catalogue for a model 4-year plan for the B.A. in Biology.