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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

biology department

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology is a flexible program that can prepare students for graduate school in the life sciences or can be integrated with other areas, including law, ethics, history, sociology, computer science and management.

The B.A. provides a solid foundation in biology, but allows more flexibility in course selection by removing some of the chemistry and quantitative requirements that characterize the B.S. program.

Thus, students in the B.A. program can either add more depth and focus around a sub-discipline or have more breadth, either within the biology curriculum or by taking advantage of the B.A. elective options. Student should note that, unlike the B.S. program, the B.A. program does not fulfill medical school requirements.


Biology B.A. Program Requirements

BIOL 2000 Molecules & Cells (3 credits)

BIOL 2010 Ecology & Evolution (3 credits)

BIOL 2040 Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology Lab (3 credits)

Category A: Genes & Genomes (3-4 credits)

One course from the following:

BIOL 3150 Introduction to Genomics
BIOL 3190 Genetics & Genomics
BIOL 4170 Microbial Genetics

Category B: Organismal and Systems Biology (3 credits)

One course from the following:

BIOL 3030 Introduction to Physiology
BIOL 3210 Plant Biology
BIOL 4320 Developmental Biology
BIOL 4330 Human Physiology with Lab
BIOL 4590 Introduction to Neuroscience

One Advanced Experience course (minimum of 2 credits)

Additional Biology Electives numbered 3000 and above to reach a minimum of 33 credits for all biology courses. B.A. majors may take up to 9 credits from the Approved Biology BA Electives.


Co-Requisite Courses

Chemistry (8 credits)

General Chemistry 1 and 2 with Labs (CHEM 1109-1110; 1111-1112)

Quantitative (credits depend on math background)

Calculus 1 (MATH 1100 or AP or equivalent)