Biology, B.A.


The B.A. degree in Biology provides students with the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory and field courses with a breadth in liberal arts and sciences. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants enter as pre-majors and will be considered for full admission to the B.A. in Biology after completion of the following:

MATH S151College Algebra for Calculus 14
ENGL S111Methods of Written Communication3
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology II
High school chemistry, or a C (2.00) or higher in either CHEM S103 or CHEM S105.

 May be met by placement examination.

When a student becomes a major in Biology, he or she is assigned a faculty advisor. The student and faculty advisor plan the student’s curriculum, and the advisor’s signature is required on registration documents.

Candidates must complete the General Education Requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses. To satisfy the residency requirement, 30 credits must be completed at UAS, including 24 upper division credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements36
Biology Electives10
Breadth Electives38
General Education Requirements
Complete all General Education Requirements which must include the following:36
Fundamentals of Biology I
Fundamentals of Biology II
College Algebra for Calculus
Major Requirements
BIOL S271Ecology4
BIOL S362Genetics4
BIOL S482Evolution4
CHEM S105General Chemistry I4
CHEM S106General Chemistry II4
MATH S152Trigonometry (or higher) 13
STAT S273Elementary Statistics3
BIOL S310Animal Physiology 24
Select six credits from at least two disciplines in the following:6
General Astronomy
Earth and Environment (or higher)
Physical Geology (or higher)
Survey of Physics (or higher)
Probability and Statistics (or higher)
Biology Electives
Select 10 credits of the following:10
Introduction to Marine Biology
Introduction to Plant Biology
Vertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Current Topics in Biology:
Marine Ornithology and Herpetology
Wetlands Ecology
Marine Mammalogy
Physiology of Marine Animals
Introduction to Ichthyology
Animal Behavior
Aquatic Pollution
Marine Ecology
Biology Seminar
Breadth Electives38
To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.
Total Credits120

 Course credit may vary for higher level Math courses.


 Or any Upper Division Chemistry Course (4 credits).