Suggested B.S. Biology Curriculum Planning Sheet (32 courses)

NOTE: With the exception of BIOL 101/102, the biology courses indicated may be taken in any order you wish. However, attention MUST be given to the timing of prerequisites for the advanced courses you wish to take; minimally, two 300-level courses are required from among the biology electives for the BS degree program.  Students interested in research with a faculty mentor should take a lab course from the mentor during the sophomore or junior year.

Review A Handbook for Research Students for more information on student research

First Year
Fall Spring
BIOL 101 BIOL 102
CHEM 121 CHEM 122
MATH 161 or 165 MATH 162*
First-Year Seminar CCS
Sophomore Year
Fall Spring
BIOL 2xx BIOL 200-level or above
CCS BIOL 200-level or above
CHEM 221 CHEM 222
MATH 186** CCS
Junior Year
Fall Spring
BIOL 200-level or above BIOL 200-level or above
BIOL 200-level or above BIOL 200-level or above
PHYS 111*** PHYS 112***
CCS CCS
Senior Year
Fall Spring
BIOL 200-level or above BIOL 200-level or above
BIOL 200-level or above CCS/Free Elective
CCS/Free elective CCS/Free Elective
CCS/Free Elective CCS/Free Elective

* Students planning careers in the more quantitative areas of biology are urged to take MATH 161/162/186 or 165/162/186.

**In unusual circumstances and with the approval of the Department Head, PSYC 120 may be substituted for MATH 186.

*** Note that if you take PHYS 131/132 or PHYS 131/133 instead of PHYS 111/112, you will miss some course content coverage that is tested on the health professions tests (MCAT, DAT, OAT and GRE).

Effective for the class of 2019 PHYS 112 is no longer required.  In addition to PHYS 111, any one of the following can be used to meet this requirement: Chemistry 231, 311, Computer Science 104, 105, 106, Mathematics 263, 282, Physics 112, 133,152, Engineering Science 101, Civil Engineering 321, Chemical Engineering 211, Electrical & Computer Engineering 211, 221, or Mechanical Engineering 380, 492.