Standard Option 4-Year Plan

This sample shows just one possible pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a standard biological sciences major in four years. Students may opt for a Bachelor of Arts instead, but the requirements for that pathway are not reflected in this plan.

This plan does not replace the advice of your advisor, and you are cautioned to meet regularly with your advisor to create a personalized plan that matches their particular circumstances rather than following this verbatim.

The information below also reflects the degree requirements for students who began their college education in Fall of 2013 or later. If you started college coursework prior to Fall of 2013, your degree requirements may be different. And, this plan assumes that you have tested into college-level math and English classes but have not taken any foreign language during high school.

Sample Study Plan

Year 1
Fall Credits
Arts GER
3
L&S Humanities/International
3
MATH 105
Intermediate Algebra (QL-A)
3
ENGLISH 101
Introduction to College Writing
3
L&S Social Science
3
Spring Credits
BIO SCI 150
Foundations of Biological Sciences I (NS+)
4
MATH 115
Precalculus
4
ENGLISH 102
College Writing and Research (OWC-A)
3
CHEM 100
Chemical Science (NS+)
4
Year 2
Fall Credits
BIO SCI 152
Foundations of Biological Sciences II (NS+)
4
CHEM 102
General Chemistry (NS+)
5
MATH 231
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
4
OWC-B course
3
Spring Credits
BIO SCI 310
General Ecology
4
CHEM 104
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (NS+)
5
Formal reasoning course
3
L&S Social Science/International
3
Year 3
Fall Credits
L&S Humanities/Cultural Diversity
3
BIO SCI 325
Genetics
4
PHYSICS 120
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment) (NS+)
4
PHYSICS 121
General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment) (NS+)
1
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry
3
L&S Social Science
3
Spring Credits
L&S Humanities/International
3
Bio Sci elective lab
2-4
PHYSICS 122
General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
4
CHEM 344
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2
CHEM 345
Organic Chemistry
3
L&S Social Science
3
Year 4
Fall Credits
Bio Sci upper-level elective
3-4
Bio Sci upper-level elective
3-4
L&S Humanities
3
1st semester foreign language
3-5
Spring Credits
Bio Sci elective
3-4
Bio Sci research/capstone
1-3
Bio Sci upper-level elective
3-4
2nd semester foreign language
3-5
Elective (if needed)
1-3
Key
(A) Arts GER (Int’l) International
(HU) Humanities (QL-A) Quantitative Literacy A
(NS) Natural Science (QL-B) Quantitative Literacy B
(SS) Social Science (OWC-A) Oral and Written Communication A
(CD) Cultural Diversity GER (OWC-B) Oral and Written Communication B