Department of Biological Sciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Typical Four Year Course Load

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology

The following is a typical four-year course load for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. This schedule is flexible and is designed to be used as an aid when students are preparing for each semester.

Math and science prerequisistes and the biology core courses should be taken in the order listed. General education core courses, shown by icon, may be taken in any desired order. See your advisor for specific course options.

First Year


MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Lab I
RHET 1302 Composition & Rhetoric
PHYS 1301 College Physics I
PHYS 1101 College Physics Lab I
RHET 1101 Oral Communication


STAT 3332 Statistics
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Lab II
PHYS 1302 College Physics II
PHYS 1102 College Physics Lab II
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Second Year


BIOL 2311 Modern Biology I
BIOL 2111 Modern Biology Workshop I
CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2123 Organic Chemistry Lab I
U.S. History


BIOL 2312 Modern Biology II
BIOL 2112 Modern Biology II Workshop
BIOL 2281 Introductory Biology Lab
CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2125 Organic Chemistry Lab II
U.S. and Texas History
Visual & Performing Arts

Third Year


BIOL 3301 Genetics
BIOL 3101 Genetics Workshop
BIOL 3361 Biochemistry I
BIOL 3161 Biochemistry I Workshop
GOVT 2301 Constitutional Foundations and Political Behavior in U.S. & TX Upper-Level Free Elective
Free Elective


BIOL 3302 Molecular & Cell Biology
BIOL 3101 Molecular & Cell Biology Workshop
BIOL 3362 Biochemistry II
BIOL 3162 Biochemistry II Workshop
BIOL 3380 Biochemistry Lab
GOVT 2302 Political Institutions in U.S. & TX
Free Elective

Fourth Year


BIOL 3xxx/4xxx Upper-Level Elective
Free Elective
Upper-Level Free Elective
Upper-Level Free Elective
Upper-Level Free Elective
Upper-Level Free Elective


BIOL 3xxx/4xxx Upper-Level Elective
BIOL 3xxx/4xxx Upper-Level Elective
Advanced Writing Requirement
Upper-Level Free Elective
Upper-Level Free Elective

  • Updated: February 6, 2006