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, the physics requirement can be met by taking one of the following courses: 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.