Courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences are intended to meet the needs of students preparing themselves for careers in the biological and related sciences, or who want a knowledge of the life sciences as part of their general education and/or to satisfy science requirements in other departments or programs.

Majors in the life sciences provide preparation which can lead directly to a variety of careers in industry, government agencies, and the basic and applied health fields. They also provide excellent preparation for pursuing graduate studies leading to professions in the biological and health sciences. All majors require a minimum of 40 hours of coursework in the Department of Biological Sciences. These include 20 hours of core courses, a 2 hour capstone experience requirement (BSC 491) and a minimum of 18-20 hours of electives chosen under the guidance of the advisers to satisfy one of the following majors: Biology; Cell, Molecular and Medical Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and Microbiology. Additional requirements include the Specific Requirements of the College of Science in humanities and social sciences, and support courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Lists of required course for each of our undergraduate degrees can be found below. More comprehensive information is available in the undergraduate catalog, which can be found in the undergraduate catalog or by consulting your advisors.

Below are links to checklists for BSC majors. All BSC majors should consult the core checklist, and their specific major checklist. The College of Science advising office can help you use these checklists and keep on top of your progress. **Note, these checklists only apply to students who declared their major in the 2011-2012 academic year or later, if you declared your major earlier than this, contact the College of Science Advising Office for help.