Department of Biological Sciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Typical Four Year Course Load

Bachelor of Science Double Degree in Biology and Criminal Justice Studies

The following is a typical four-year course load for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science double degree in Biology and Criminal Justice Studies. 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.

For a Bachelor of Arts, the math requirement may be satisfied with Applied Calculus I (MATH 1325) and either for Statistics for Life Sciences (STAT 3332) or Introduction to Social Statistics (SOC 3305/3105) and the physics requirement may be satisfied with algebra-based College Physics I & II with lab (PHYS 1301, 1302, 1101, 1102). Additionally, BIOL 4380 may be substituted with an Upper Biology Elective.

First Year


MATH 2417 Calculus I
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Lab I
RHET 1302 Composition & Rhetoric
RHET 1101 Oral Communication


MATH 2419 Calculus II
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Lab II
PHYS 3341 Physics for Biosciences I
PHYS 2125 Physics Lab II
ECO 2301 Microeconomics
or ECO 2302 Macroeconomics

Second Year


BIOL 2311 Modern Biology I
BIOL 2111 Modern Biology Workshop I
CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2123 Organic Chemistry Lab I
PHYS 3342 Physics for Biosciences II
PHYS 2126 Physics Lab II
CJS 3301 Theories of Justice


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
CJS 3302 Advanced Criminology
Visual & Performing Arts

Third Year


BIOL 3301 Genetics
BIOL 3101 Genetics Workshop
BIOL 3361 Biochemistry I
BIOL 3161 Biochemistry I Workshop
CJS 3300 Crime and Civil Liberties


BIOL 3302 Molecular & Cell Biology
BIOL 3102 Molecular & Cell Biology Workshop
BIOL 3362 Biochemistry II
BIOL 3162 Biochemistry II Workshop
BIOL 3380 Biochemistry Lab
CJS 3303 Advanced Criminal Justice
Upper-Level CJS or related Elective

Fourth Year


BIOL 4380 Cell Biology Lab
BIOL 3318 Forensic Biology
CJS 3306 Criminal Law
CJS 3304 Research Methods in CJS Studies
Upper-Level CJS or related Elective


BIOL 3xxx/4xxx Upper-Level Elective
CJS 3305 Social Control & Criminal Sanctions
Advanced Writing Requirement
Upper-Level CJS or related Elective
Upper-Level CJS or related Elective


U.S. and Texas History
U.S. and Texas History
GOVT 2301 Constitutional Foundations and Political Behavior in U.S. & TX
GOVT 2302 Political Institutions in U.S. & TX

To maintain a reasonable course load, students may elect to take these or other classes during the summer session.

  • Updated: February 6, 2006