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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences BS Four-Year Plan

First Year
BISC 207 - Introductory Biology I   BISC 208 - Introductory Biology II  
CHEM 103 - General Chemistry  and CHEM 133 - General Chemistry Laboratory    CHEM 104 - General Chemistry  and CHEM 134 - General Chemistry Laboratory   
MATH 115 - Pre-Calculus  or MATH 117 - Pre-Calculus for Scientists and Engineers  ENGL 110 - Seminar in Composition  
Foreign Language Requirement (1/3)** Foreign Language Requirement (2/3)**
First Year Seminar  
Credits: 15-16 Credits: 14-15
Second Year
BISC Core Elective (Two of the following) (1/2)*** BISC Core Elective (Two of the following) (2/2)***
Organic Chemistry with Lab Requirement (1/2)*** Organic Chemistry with Lab Requirement (1/2)***
MATH 221 - Calculus I  or MATH 232 - Integrated Calculus IB  or MATH 241 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus A   STAT 200 - Basic Statistical Practice **** 
Foreign Language Requirement (3/3)** Breadth Requirement (1/7)
  Breadth Requirement (2/7)
Credits: 15 Credits: 16
Third Year
PHYS 201  and PHYS 221  or PHYS 207  and PHYS 227    PHYS 202  and PHYS 222  or PHYS 208  and PHYS 228   
BISC Elective (300-level or above)***** BISC 403 - Genetics  
BISC Elective (300-level or above)***** BISC Elective (300-level or above)*****
BISC Elective (300-level or above)***** Breadth Requirement (4/7)
Breadth Requirement (should also satisfy Multicultural Requirement) (3/7) Breadth Requirement (5/7)
Credits: 16 Credits: 16
Fourth Year
BISC Experimental Biology Requirement***(may fulfill DLE) BISC Elective (300-level or above)*****
BISC Elective (300-level or above)***** BISC Elective (300-level or above)*****
Breadth Requirement (6/7) Literature-based Biology Requirement***
Second Writing Requirement  Capstone Requirement
Biochemistry Requirement*** Breadth Requirement (7/7)
Credits: 15 Credits: 15
Total Credits: 124
*Students whose MATH Placement Examination score placed them inMATH 221  or higher need not take a MATH course coincident with CHEM 103 . The MATH 231  MATH 232  sequence is one way to complete the calculus requirement. 
**Can substitute a Breadth Requirement and postpone Foreign Language Requirement to other semesters. Fewer than three semesters of Foreign Language may fulfill the requirement depending on the student’s high school coursework and language selection for college study.
***See program plan for approved courses.
****Statistics requirement can also be fulfilled with BISC 643, which is also a literature-based course and is recommended for senior year.
*****Minimum grade C- required in all BISC courses for a total of at least 43 credits. Taking BISC elective courses worth 4 credits may result in a student needing fewer BISC elective courses. 

Disclaimer: Four-Year Plans are a Departmental suggestion of how a student could complete this degree in four years (eight semesters). Students may opt to take courses in the summer or winter sessions. These plans do not take into account additional requirements brought on by minors or other majors. A Four-Year Plan is subject to change from year-to-year given the resources and focuses of the Department.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with his or her assigned advisor at least once a semester to monitor progress and ensure that he or she is on track to graduate on time. This document is intended as a supplemental advisement tool to be used in conjunction with in-person advisement and the UDSIS Degree Audit.  Students should direct any questions or concerns regarding degree progress to their advisor or Academic Assistant Dean.