The Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences (standard option) requires 34 credits in the major (see list of courses below). In addition to Bio Sci 150 and Bio Sci 152, 26 credits must be in courses at or above 300 level. As a Letters & Science student, you will take a variety of courses across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to satisfy university-wide general education requirements plus additional classes in formal reasoning, international awareness, and research to satisfy Letters & Science breadth requirements. Letters & Sciences students also must meet foreign language competencies which might be satisfied if enough coursework was taken during high school.
There are also quality requirements (minimum GPA) and residency requirements (number of classes taken at UWM).
Degree requirements may vary depending on when you first started college either at UWM or elsewhere.
For biology students, in particular, it is important to understand your Letters & Science Degree Requirements because they will differ depending on whether you choose to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.
Because there are many requirements and many pathways depending on your particular circumstances, it is very important to meet with your Letters & Science Advisor at least once a semester to make sure you are on-track. Some classes may count towards more than one requirement and with early planning, you can save yourself time and money.
Our four-year plan shows one possible route to completing a BS degree with a standard biological sciences major in four years.
Since most students choose the Bachelor of Science path, below are the requirements to earn the biological sciences major, standard option.
|Total BioSci Credits|
34 credits minimum
|Required Courses (15-16 credits)|
No more than eight (8) credits in 100-level courses in Biological Sciences may be applied toward the major.
Electives to reach a total of 26 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits and one additional laboratory course.
One of the following courses:
|Honors in the Major|
Students in biological sciences who meet all of the following criteria are awarded honors in the major upon graduation:
Students who believe they may qualify for honors in biological sciences should apply to the Department during their last semester of study.
Students who plan to attend graduate of professional schools are advised strongly to take the one-year sequence of Organic Chemistry with lab, a course in Biochemistry (Chem 501; also counts toward major), and two semesters of Calculus.
Students must attain a GPA of 2.500 in Biological Sciences courses attempted at UWM. At least 15 of the advanced credits must be taken in residence at UWM. In addition, students must attain a GPA of at least 2.500 in all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.