Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA): Minimum grade of C required for all BIOL courses (unless otherwise noted); 2.0 GPA
Experiential Learning (EL): One Experiential Learning credit is required for graduation. EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title. Most students fulfill this requirement by taking ENGL 10500. Courses meeting this requirement in Biology include BIOL 34200, BIOL 39500 Special Assignments, Biological Sciences Practicum, BIOL 48800 Biological Sciences Internship, BIOL 48900 Biological Sciences Research, and BIOL 49500 Special Assignments. Other possible courses that can be used to fulfill this requirement include SCI 49100, ENGL 41101, and IDIS 10001. See the Experiential Learning Course List for additional courses meeting this requirement.
General Education Core: General Education notations can be found within the course description. Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.
Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study.
Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.
Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.
Additional Information and Guidelines
Note 1: Additional GPA Requirements for BS Biology Degree: Minimum 2.0 GPA for all biology core (BIOL 10700, BIOL 10100, BIOL 10200, BIOL 24300, BIOL 24400, BIOL 31100 (58000) and BIOL 42600) and concentration required courses.
Note 2: Gen Ed Technology Course Requirement - CIS 20400 is recommend for students with limited experience using Microsoft Suite and can be replaced by BIOL 59500 Bioinformatics or a different course approved by the department. If students choose a course that is not a Gen Ed Technology course, they will have to fulfill this requirement with another course in this area as a free elective. See the Gen Ed Core List for suitable courses .
Note 3: This degree requires 6-credit hours of electives from Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to the 3-credits required from each of these areas that must be chosen from the approved General Education list (see General Education Core above). Six credit hours of foreign languages can be used towards this requirement. Note that some professional schools have specific Humanities and Social Sciences course requirements for admission.
Note 4: Health Sciences Concentration required courses.
Note 5: Health Sciences Elective courses range from 1 to 5 credits. Maximum 3 credits of Health Sciences related independent studies / research / internship (BIOL 34200, BIOL 39500, BIOL 48800, BIOL 48900, or BIOL 49500 can be used to fulfill this elective requirement. Additional credits can be used as free-electives. At least one of the courses in this category must be a 50000 level class. Social Sciences Elective: CDFS 21000 and PSY 35000 are recommended. See attachment for list of Health Science elective courses. BIOL 34200 - Biological Science Practicum (Health sciences related experience) is highly recommended. BIOL 48900 - Biological Sciences Research and ENGL 41101 - Introduction to writing In the Health Sciences are also recommended.
Note 6: BIOL 21201 - Medical Terminology (2 credits) is offered in the summer semester. This course is required by some professional schools for admission. It may be taken as a free elective prior to BIOL 21300.