Biology B.S. - Human Biological Sciences

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Bachelor of Science - Biology; Human Biological Sciences Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 73-90

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: The Human Biological Sciences concentration is a pre-professional program for students planning careers in a health-related field. The following is a partial list of possible professions: physical therapy, medicine, dentistry, physician's assistant, alternative medicine, nutrition, and public health.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core17
Upper-Division Core Courses Required by Human Biological Sciences Concentration17
Additional Upper-Division Courses Required for the Human Biological Sciences Concentration10-15
Biochemistry Requirement
Microbiology Requirement
Additional Depth in Human Biological Sciences
Required Courses Outside of the major29-41
Mathematics and Psychology
Advanced College Writing Requirement
Total Hours73-90

Biology/Microbiology Lower Division Core

Note: The lower division core should be completed before attempting most upper division major courses. AP Biology credit with a score of 3 may be substituted for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrncpls of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 170NPrincpls Biological Diversity3
BIOB 171NPrincpls Biological Dvrsty Lab2
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core Courses Required by Human Biological Sciences Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 301Developmental Biology3
BIOB 375General Genetics3
BIOH 365Human AP I for Health Profsns4
BIOH 370Human AP II for Health Profsns4
BIOM 360General Microbiology3
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Upper-Division Courses Required for the Human Biological Sciences Concentration

Biochemistry Requirement

Complete one of the following sequences:4-6
One Semester:
Full Year:
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Total Hours4-6

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Additional Depth in Human Biological Sciences

Complete two of the following courses:6-9
Biochemistry Research Lab
Adv Cell & Molecular Biology
Phylogenics and Evolution
Undergraduate Thesis
Vert Design & Evolution
Behavior & Evolution
Principles Medical Physiology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Medical Bacteriology& Mycology
Microbial Genetics
General Parasitology
and General Parasitology Lab
Microbial Physiology
Total Hours6-9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Required Courses Outside of the Major

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics and Psychology

Complete all of the following courses:
M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
PSYX 100SIntro to Psychology3
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-



  • Students who begin in the advanced chemistry sequence may substitute those courses for introductory sequence courses at the discretion of the major advisor. 
  • If students plan to apply to a graduate or professional school such as medical or dental, they should plan to complete the advanced chemistry sequence. If they plan to pursue nursing or a graduate program in physical therapy, the introductory chemistry sequence is most likely sufficient. The advanced chemistry option is more flexible, and keeps more options open for future careers. Check the requirements of your intended professional program to help determine which sequence is most appropriate.
Complete a sequence of general and organic chemistry:8-20
Introductory Chemistry (8 credits):
Introduction to General Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab
Advanced Chemistry (20 credits):
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
Total Hours8-20

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics:
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc (require M 171 and M 172)
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: To complete the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Biology students take 2 or 3 partial writing courses (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 1/3 writing course and one 2/3 writing course) or one complete writing course. The Human Biological Sciences concentration does not require a specific advanced writing course.

1/3 Advanced Writing Courses

BCH 482Advanced Biochemistry II3
BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 425Adv Cell & Molecular Biology3
BIOB 483Phylogenics and Evolution3
BIOE 403Vert Design & Evolution5
BIOE 409Behavior & Evolution Discussion1
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology5
BIOL 484Plant Evolution3
BIOM 402Medical Bacteriology& Mycology3
BIOO 320General Botany5
BIOO 434Plant Physiology Lab1
BIOO 470Ornithology4
BIOO 475Mammalogy4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

BCH 486Biochemistry Research Lab3
BCH 499Senior Thesis/Capstone3-6
BIOB 411Immunology Laboratory2
BIOB 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6
BIOE 342Field Ecology5
BIOE 371Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)2
BIOM 411Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab1
BIOM 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete UD Writing Course

BIOH 462Principles Medical Physiology3

Minimum Required Grade: C-