BS Three-Year Degree Plan: Biology Track

It is possible for you to graduate in six regular and three summer semesters. Keep in mind that this sample three-year plan assumes the following:

  • No remedial course work is required.
  • You do not fail any classes.
  • You do not change your major or minor.
  • You are willing to take classes each summer.

A three-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring with you upon admission to the University. Course availability and prerequisites are subject to change, so consult with your advisor and review the projected course offerings when scheduling your classes.

Sample schedule

This is a model three-year degree plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned in high school, your choice of general education electives and placement in English and mathematics.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
ENG 110 Writing I 3
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MTH 138 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 5
Total hours15-18

Second semester (spring)

General Education: Public Issues 3
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
Elective 3
Total hours14-16

Third semester (summer)

General Education: The Arts 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours6

Fourth semester (fall)

MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3
BIO 235 Genetics 4
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I 5
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I 4
Elective 1
Total hours17

Fifth semester (spring)

BIO 310 Microbiology 5
CHM 343 Organic Chemistry II 5
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II 4
Elective 4
Total hours18

Sixth semester (summer)

General Education: Cultural Competence 3
General Education: Humanities 3
Elective 3
Total hours9

Seventh semester (fall)

BIO 380 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 5
BIO 369 General Ecology 4
CHM 352 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total hours18

Eighth semester (spring)

BIO 361 General Physiology 4
BIO 550 Statistical Methods for Biologists 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
BIO 511 Immunology 4
Writing II 3
BIO 494 Senior Seminar 1
Total hours18

Ninth semester

General Education: Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
General Education: Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Total hours6