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Biology (BS)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2011 - Spring 2012 catalog year. For more
information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Major: BIOL

Degree: BS

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)

Department: Biology

Admission to the major in Biology requires: completion of Biology 240, 242 and 244 with a grade of C or better; completion
of Mathematics 111 with a grade of C or better OR placement into a mathematics course above the level of Mathematics 111
on the basis of either the University of Louisville mathematics placement examination or ACT/SAT score; and a minimum
overall grade point average of 2.0.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details,
contact the department.

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program; see the General Education
requirements and the courses that fulfill them. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the
major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the
degree.

General Education

Type Hours

General Education 34

Minimum Total 34

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements

Type Hours

General 101: A&S Orientation 1

Foreign Language (completion of the second semester of a single foreign language;


6-8
hours will vary depending on language taken)

Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences at the 300-level or above (in addition to


6
courses counted toward General Education)
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above (may be incorporated into other
degree requirements)

Total 13-15

Department of Biology

Type Hours

Biology 2401, 2421, 2441, 329, 330-331, 363 19

Completion of one of the concentrations below 15-20

*Biology Electives (to reach minimum total of 48 hours in Biology) 9-14

Minimum Total 48

Genetics/Subcellular (15-17 hours)

Type Hours

Biology 416, 516, 404, or 406 3-4

Biology 542 or 415 3

Biology 540 or Chemistry 445 3

Biology 400 or 485 3-4

Biology 465 3

Cellular/Physiology (15-18 hours)

Type Hours

Biology 465 3

Biology 347, 348, 357, 358, 400, 409, 415, 485, 512, 513 (select 3) 9-12

Biology 540 or Chemistry 445 3


Ecology (17-20 hours)

Type Hours

Biology 401 and 402 5

Biology 409 3

Biology 310, 372, 440, 510, 515, 522, 552, 560, 562, 567, 572 (select two) 6-8

Biology 308, 485, 514, 519 (select one) 3-4

Supporting Courses

Type Hours

Mathematics 2051 4

Biology 350 or advisor-approved statistics course 3

Chemistry 2011, 202, 207, 208, 209, 341, 342, 343, 344 19

One of the following sequences...

1. Physics 221, 222, 223, 224 8

or 2. Geosciences 301 or 367 and any one from the following: 6

Geosciences 363, 365, Geography 355, 558

Minimum Electives [No electives are required in this program; students who fulfill
mathematics and science General Education requirements with courses in the major or
supporting courses may have elective hours.]

Minimum Total 121

1
Fulfills General Education requirement.

*Note: Biology 102, 104, 257, 258, 260, 261, 262 and 263, may not count toward electives in the major. A maximum of 6 hours of
undergraduate research or independent study may count toward the major.