Biology, B.S.


The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology provides students the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses. Student research is also emphasized throughout the program. Program faculty are actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, crustacean physiology, and marine algology. The location of the University provides students with a “natural laboratory” that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities. The Bachelor of Science program in biology comprises a core curriculum generally found nationwide in bachelor of science biology programs. Additional information about the biology program can be found at Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants enter as premajors and will be considered for full admission into the Bachelor of Science in Biology program 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 CHEM S103 with a C (2.00) or higher.

 May be met by placement examination.

When a student enters the 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 recommendations for the GERs in Biology are listed below. Degree must include 48 credit hours of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements43
Biology Breadth Electives20
General Education Requirements
Complete all General Education Requirements which must include the following:36
Calculus I 1
Fundamentals of Biology I
Fundamentals of Biology II
Major Requirements
BIOL S271Ecology4
BIOL S310Animal Physiology4
BIOL S362Genetics4
BIOL S482Evolution4
CHEM S105General Chemistry I4
CHEM S106General Chemistry II4
CHEM S341Organic Chemistry4
CHEM S342Biochemistry4
STAT S273Elementary Statistics3
Select one of the following Physics sequences:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Biology Breadth Electives
Select four of the following for a minimum of 20 credits:20
Introduction to Marine Biology
Introduction to Plant Biology
Vertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Conservation Biology
Current Topics in Biology: 2
Marine Ornithology and Herpetology
Wetlands Ecology
Marine Mammalogy
Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology 3
Individual Research 3
Physiology of Marine Animals
Introduction to Ichthyology
Animal Behavior
Aquatic Pollution
Marine Ecology
Biology Seminar 2
Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
Include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree21
Total Credits120

Prerequisites include MATH S151 and MATH S152


Only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the biology electives. Additional credits may be applied toward electives.


Up to 6 credits total from BIOL S396/BIOL S398/BIOL S498 may be applied.