Biological Sciences Sample Curriculum

The biological sciences sample curriculum below was published in the Bulletin of Information.

First Year
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
BIOS 10171 Biological Sciences I and lab 4 BIOS 10172 Biological Sciences II and lab 4
MATH 10350 or 10550 Calculus I 4 MATH 10360 or 10560 Calculus II 4
CHEM 10171 (or 10181) (1) 4 CHEM 10172 (or 10182) (1) Organic Chem I 4
University Requirement 3 University Requirement 3
University Requirement 3 University Requirement 3
First Year Experience 1 First Year Experience 1
Total: 19 Total: 19
 
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
BIOS 20250 Genetics 4 BIOS 20241 Cell Biology 3
BIOS 21250 (required Lab #3) 1 Elective Lab # 4 (e.g., 21241 Cell Biology) 2
CHEM 20273 Organic Chemistry II 4 CHEM 20274 Chemical Principles II 4
University Requirement 3 University Requirement 3
Language 4 Language 4
Total: 16 Total: 16
 
Junior Year
Fall Semester (overseas class options)   Spring Semester  
BIOS 3344 Physiology 3 BIOS 40411 Biostatistics 4
PHYS 20210 Physics for Life Sciences I 4 BIOS 30305 Evolution 3
Free Elective 3 PHYS 20220 Physics for Life Sciences II 4
University Requirement 3 University Requirement 3
Language 3    
Elective BIOS Lab #4 1    
Total: 17 Total: 14
 
Senior Year      
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
BIOS 30312 Ecology 3 BIOS Elective 3
BIOS or Science Elective (4) 3 BIOS Elective 3
Science Elective 3 Science Elective 3
Free Electives 6 Free Elective 3
Elective BIOS Lab #5 1 Elective BIOS Lab #6 -/1
Total: 16    Total: 12/13
Total: 124 credits minimum

1 Students who begin with the CHEM 10181–10182 sequence and select BIOS as their major would complete the four-semester sequence with CHEM 20273–20274.

2 One of these courses must be a University seminar.

3 For premedical students, it is strongly recommended that the student take a 20000-level English literature course. This ensures that the student will be able to meet the standard medical-school admission requirement of two English courses. Medical ethics and biochemistry are also generally required or highly recommended.

4 While not required, many students choose to take a supporting 3-credit non-BIOS science course that counts toward the required 41 credits in their major.

Also, Biostatistics (BIOS 40411/42411) is highly recommended for all students planning on a health-related professional program or a graduate program, especially in ecology, environmental biology, or other fields of life science. A non-BIOS/Science elective can be any 30000-50000-level course other than those required, and approved by the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Biological Sciences. Biochemistry (e.g., CHEM 40420) is especially recommended.