Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Biology

Core Curriculum60
Core Curriculum Areas A, B, C, D.2.a, and E (See VSU Core Curriculum) 142
Core Curriculum Area F
Biology Freshmen Seminar - Introduction to the Biological Sciences
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
A minimum grade of “C” is required for all BIOL, CHEM, MATH, and PHYS courses.
MATH 2262Analytic Geometry and Calculus II3-4
or MATH 2620 Statistical Methods
Senior College Curriculum60
A minimum grade of “C” is required for all BIOL and CHEM courses.
Required Biology Courses 8
BIOL 3200Introductory Genetics3
BIOL 3250Ecology and Evolution4
BIOL 4900Senior Seminar1
Biology Electives 226-27
Required Chemistry courses
CHEM 3401Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3402Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3601Biochemistry I3
General Electives11-12
Carry-over from Core3-4
Total hours required for the degree120

Biology majors are required to take pre-calculus (MATH 1113) in Area A and calculus (MATH 2261) in Area D.2.a One hour of calculus will transfer to the upper elective hours. Biology majors must take 8 hours of science in Area D.2.a and may choose any of the following courses: BIOL 1107K, CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L, CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L, or calculus-based physics (PHYS 2211K and PHYS 2212K). If biology or chemistry courses are taken in Area D.2.a, biology majors may take non-calculus-based physics (PHYS 1111K and PHYS 1112K) in Area F.


3000-level and above (but not BIOL 4830, BIOL 4840, BIOL 4850)
Four courses with labs required
BIOL 4950 limited to 3 hours.