B.S. Degree in Biology


70 hours

An OC Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology will:

  1. Be prepared for graduate level studies or entry-level positions in fields of scientific investigation.
  2. Have acquired a fundamental body of knowledge in the biological and physical sciences.
  3. Be able to think critically and have conducted research in both experimental and theoretical forms.
  4. Be able to communicate effectively the results of scientific research and study.
  5. Have developed mature Christian attitudes towards scholarship, intellectual honesty and ethical conduct that promote a life-long appreciation for learning.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required.

Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours.

16 hours biology core 

22 hours 3000/4000 level biology courses

Must include 6 lecture and 4 lab courses; up to 4 hours can be satisfied by undergraduate research. 

15 hours chemistry 

3-4 hours mathematics 


3 hours statistics 

  • BIOL-2913

3 hours trigonometry recommended, but not required 

4 hours physics with laboratory 


5 hours science seminar 

Note: Program Requirements: 

Before taking any 3000/4000 level biology classes, you must: 

  1. Complete 16 hours of core biology 
  2. Maintain a science GPA of 2.5 
  3. Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. 
  4. Complete GNSC-1711 and GNSC-2711; while enrolled, students must seek approval to add upper division biology courses. 
  5. Complete ENGL-2113 with a grade of C or better. 
  6. Obtain departmental approval. 

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