Bachelor of Science in Biology

Program Contact: Deborah Clark  203-582-8270

The BS in Biology program provides students with a biological and physical science foundation on which they can build a graduate degree in natural science or education, or it can be used to pursue advanced degrees in the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or other health care professions. Those choosing to end their formal education with the bachelor’s degree will have a sufficient level of sophistication in biological science to assume a variety of positions with research institutions, governmental agencies or industry.

Students choose courses and follow a curriculum determined in consultation with their adviser. 

A note about Advanced Placement equivalencies: Students who receive a score of 3 on the AP biology exam can receive credit for BIO 105 and BIO 106. BIO 105 and BIO 106 meet the needs of students in non-science areas. Students who receive a score of 4 on the AP biology exam can receive credit for BIO 101 and BIO 102. For students majoring in the natural sciences, we strongly encourage students to begin with BIO 150 and BIO 151, regardless of whether they receive credit for BIO 101 and BIO 102.

Graduation requirements: majors in the Department of Biological Sciences must achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 and a science GPA of 2.25 for graduation. The science GPA is calculated from courses with prefixes of BIO, BMS, CHE, PHY and SCI. In addition, courses used to satisfy the Biological Science Core or Biology Elective Requirements must have a minimum grade of “C-“.

Independent Study in Biology

  1. Independent Study/Research can be used to satisfy the departmental requirement for Experiential Learning. 
  2. Independent Study cannot be used to satisfy departmental requirements other than Experiential Learning.
  3. Students may not exceed a total of 8 credits of Independent Study while completing their undergraduate work.

Honors in Biology

  1. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required. A GPA of 3.5 in biology is required.
  2. Students should announce in writing their intention to pursue honors in biology to both the department chair and academic adviser, no later than May 1 in the spring term of their junior year.
  3. Departmental honors students are required to take BIO 399H (Honors Research in Biological Sciences).
  4. Students are each responsible for obtaining a sponsor for their project prior to May 1 of their junior year.
  5. Successful completion of a senior research project is required. The project must include:
    1. A written proposal;
    2. The actual completion of an approved research project under the supervision and sponsorship of a full-time faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences;
    3. The presentation of the outcome of the research project in the written format approved by the department; and
    4. A seminar presentation of the outcome of the research project.
  6. Evidence of excellence in speaking and writing skills, documented by term papers, written work, oral presentations, and grades, as determined by the committee.
  7. The actual granting of honors in biology is determined by all full-time faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences.

A list of the department faculty and their research interests is available on the CAS360 website.