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Biological Sciences— Preprofessional Program Major (B.S.)

  • Preparation for professional programs in dentistry, medical, optometry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, etc.

Major code: BS2127

Faculty Contact: Dr. Robert Colvin

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements & Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

Biological Sciences provides a specialized curriculum for students interested in one of the following:

While no specific major is required by any of these schools, this curriculum provides students with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biological Sciences, prepares them for their professional school experience, and fulfills course requirements for entry into most schools.

Applicants to these schools are required to take one of the following admission tests: Dental Admission Test (DAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Optometry Admission Test (OAT), and either the Veterinary Admission Test (VAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for veterinary school.

Students will be assigned an academic adviser who specializes in the type of professional school he or she is interested in attending. A student should contact the schools of choice and consult both his or her academic adviser and the department preprofessional adviser for specific course and exam requirements.

Careers and Graduate School

With this degree, students will be prepared for their graduate or professional school experience (dentistry, medical, optometry, or veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, etc.) and will complete the course requirements for entry into most schools.

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Major Hours Requirement

The biological science major requires a minimum of 123 hours.

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

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Pre-Professional Program Requirements

Complete a total of 37 semester hours of BIOS coursework, including all four sub-requirements.

Biological Sciences Sub-Requirements

Complete the following courses:

  • BIOS 1700 - Biological Sciences I: Molecules and Cells Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1705 - Biological Sciences I Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 1710 - Biological Sciences II: Ecology, Evolution, Animal Body Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1715 - Biological Sciences II Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 3100 - General Genetics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3200 - Fundamentals of Animal Cell Biology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3210 - General Microbiology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • BIOS 3300 - Principles of Evolution Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3430 - Principles of Physiology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3435 - Principles of Physiology Lab Credit Hours: 2.0
Anatomy Sub-Requirement

Complete the following course or course group option:

  • BIOS 3030 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Credit Hours: 4.0
Anatomy course group option
  • BIOS 3010 - Human Anatomy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3015 - Human Anatomy Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
Biochemistry Sub-Requirement

Complete the following course or course group option:

  • BIOS 4630 - Biological Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
Biochemistry course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 4901 - Biochemistry I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 4902 - Biochemistry II Credit Hours: 3.0
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Sub-Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:

  • BIOS 3105 - Laboratory Genetics Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 3205 - Cell and Microbiology Techniques Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 4070 - Developmental Biology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4140 - Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4240 - Virology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4260 - Molecular Genetics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4270 - Mechanisms of Gene Regulation Credit Hours: 3.0
Physiology/Body Systems Sub-Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:

  • BIOS 4130 - Human Neuroscience Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4450 - Physiology of Exercise Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4500 - Principles of Endocrinology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4860 - Immunology Credit Hours: 2.0

Extradepartmental Requirements

Complete four sub-requirements.

Sub-Requirement 1: Chemistry

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1510 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1520 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 3050 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3060 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHEM 3080 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credit Hours: 1.0
Sub-Requirement 2: Mathematics

Complete the following course:

  • MATH 2301 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4.0
Sub-Requirement 3: Physics

Complete one of the following course group options:

Introduction to Physics course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2001 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PHYS 2002 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0
General Physics course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2051 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0
  • PHYS 2052 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0
Sub-Requirement 4: Statistics

Complete one of the following:

  • MATH 2500 - Introduction to Statistics Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PSY 2110 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours: 4.0

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