B.A. Degree in Biological Sciences

Degree Requirements

Your major requirements will depend on when you entered UD (your "Catalog Year"). Students have the option of changing to a subsequent Catalog Year.

Effective Catalog Year 2017

Download the BA degree checksheet for your own records: Biology BA Checksheet Catalog Year 2017.

A minimum of 33 credits in Biological Sciences is required (maximum 45 credits in Biological Sciences.) A grade of C- or better is required in all BISC courses.

I. Required Core Courses

Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 207 Introductory Biology I 4
BISC 208 Introductory Biology II 4
BISC 403 Genetics 3

II. Elective Core Courses: Select any 2 of following 6 courses

Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 300 Introduction to Microbiology 4
BISC 302 General Ecology 3
BISC 305 Cell Biology 3
BISC 306 General Physiology 3
BISC 401 Molecular Biology of the Cell 3
BISC 495 Evolution 3

III. Required Course in Experimental Biology (3-4 cr.) Select one of the following lab courses. The corresponding lecture is a prerequisite. (THE LECTURE AND THE LAB CANNOT BE TAKEN SIMULTANEOUSLY)

Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 312 Field Ecology (requires BISC 302) 3
BISC 315 Experimental Cell Biology (requires BISC 305) 3
BISC 316 Experimental Physiology (requires BISC 306) 3
BISC 411 Experimental Molecular Biology (requires BISC 401) 4
BISC 413 Advanced Genetics Laboratory (requires BISC 403) 3
BISC 484 Computer Based Genetics Laboratory (requires BISC 401 or BISC 403) 3

IV. One Literature-based course from a list of approved courses.

V. Biology Electives: Additional Biology courses at the 300-level or above to total 33 credit hours in Biological Sciences. BISC 100, BISC 207, and BISC 208 count towards the total of 33 credits needed for the major. Up to four credits of research or independent study (BISC 366, BISC 466, or BISC 468) OR six credits of senior thesis (BISC 451 and 452 or UNIV 401 and 402) may be counted toward the 33 credits required for the major. Six of the 33 credits may come from a list of approved courses from other academic units. A minimum grade of C (not C-) is required for all of the approved courses from other academic units.

VI. Related Coursework

A grade of D (not D-) or better must be obtained in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics courses required for all Biological Sciences majors and minor.

Chemistry Courses
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
CHEM 103 or CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 104 or CHEM 108 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 321/325 and 322/326 Organic Chemistry or
CHEM 213/215 Elementary Organic Chemistry and CHEM 214/216 Elementary Biochemistry and Lab
3 / 1 and 3 / 1
OR
3 / 1 and 3 / 1
Physics Courses
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I or
PHYS 207 Fundamentals of Physics I
4
PHYS 202 Introductory Physics II or
PHYS 208 Fundamentals of Physics II
4
Math Course
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
MATH 221 Calculus I or
MATH 241 Analytic Geometry and Calculus A
3
4
Statistic Course
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice or
An equivalent course formally approved and submitted by Department Chair or his/her designee (e.g., Associate Chair, Undergraduate Program Director).

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VII. University and College requirements

Additional courses are needed to earn a minimum of 124 Credit Hours.

Sample Schedule

This schedule presents only one possibility. Most students will not follow exactly what is shown here.

Freshman Year, Fall Semester
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 207 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 103 or CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 4
LANG 105 Language I 4
MATH 115 Pre-Calculus or
MATH 117 Pre-Calculus for Scientists and Engineers
3
4
UNIV 101 First Year Experience 1

Total credits (semester): 16 - 17

Freshman Year, Spring Semester
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 208 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 104 or CHEM 108 General Chemistry II 4
LANG 106 Language II 4
ENGL 110 Seminar in Composition 3

Total credits (semester): 15

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC Elective Core 3-4
CHEM 321/325 Organic Chemistry I and Lab 3 / 1
LANG 107 Language III 4
MATH 221 Calculus I or
MATH 241 Analytic Geometry and Calculus A
3
4

Total credits (semester): 14 - 16

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC Elective Core 3-4
CHEM 322/326 Organic Chemistry II and Lab 3 / 1
College/University Breadth Course 3
College/University Breadth Course 3

Total credits (semester): 13 - 14

Junior Year, Fall Semester
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC Elective 3-4
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I 4
STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice 3
College/University Breadth Course 3
College Breadth/ Multicultural Course 3

Total credits (semester): 16 - 17

Junior Year, Spring Semester
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC 403 Genetics 3
BISC Elective 3-4
PHYS 202 Introductory Physics II 4
College Breadth Course 3
Elective 3

Total credits (semester): 16 - 17

Senior Year, Fall Semester
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC Elective 3-4
BISC investigative lab (can be taken either in Fall or Spring) 3-4
College Breadth Course 3
College Breadth/Writing Course 3
Elective Course 3

Total credits (semester): 15 - 17

Senior Year, Spring Semester
Course Name and Number Credit Hours
BISC Literature-based course (can be taken either in Fall or Spring) 3-4
BISC Elective 3-4
College Breadth Course 3
College Breadth Course 3
Elective Course 3

Total credits (semester): 15 - 17
Grand total: 124 credits required for graduation

Notes

  • Many exceptions are possible. For example, many students take only one or two (or even zero) foreign language courses, not the three shown here.
  • Many Biology majors take only one math course, not two, based on prior experience.
  • Most Biology BA majors take 10 BISC lecture classes plus the investigative lab. This means doubling up in two semesters, which should not be done until AFTER organic chemistry is completed.
  • Many students take courses in winter or summer session, which allows the above to be shifted.
  • Students interested in medical or dental careers are referred to that part of the Biology web site for details.
  • Students with interest in research and/or teaching are directed to the appropriate pages on the Biology web site.