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Biology, B.S.

Biology is a dynamic science aimed at gaining a better understanding of living organisms and the ways they interact with the environment. Biological research seeks to answer a broad range of questions, from factors that affect human health to ecological issues.

Saint Louis University's biology program offers courses that emphasize concepts over facts and aim to provide a foundation for careers in the life sciences, health professions, K-12 education and advanced post-graduate study in a broad variety of disciplines. There are five B.S. degree concentrations that allow students to focus on specific disciplinary areas. 

  • The program is enriched by interactions with the School of Medicine, Missouri Botanical Garden, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Saint Louis Zoo, as well as a growing number of St. Louis-based life science companies. Research experiences and internships provide students with opportunities to study biology beyond the classroom.
  • SLU's Department of Biology has a field station that provides unique opportunities for students to explore ecology, conservation and environmental science in an Ozark forest ecosystem. The field station offers students opportunities to take a summer class, conduct undergraduate research and participate in a semester-long program of field biology coursework.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities. Groups such as Beta Beta Beta, the biology honorary society, and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-professional honor society, are social and academic organizations that further students’ interest in biology while exposing them to its relationship with other scientific disciplines.

Curriculum Overview

The undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Biology is diverse and will meet a variety of interests in the rapidly expanding fields of the biological sciences. It is also designed to provide an intensive educational experience for students in other disciplines who have an interest in biology. In addition to courses offered in Macelwane Hall, the department offers courses at the University’s Reis Biological Station located by the Huzzah Creek in the Ozarks.

B.S. students may choose one of five concentrations:

Biological Science

This concentration provides students with a strong foundation in biology and prepares students for entry-level employment in the life sciences, health professions, K-12 education and graduate school.

Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology

This concentration focuses on the latest advances in biochemistry, genomics, molecular and cell biology. It is designed for students interested in careers involving biomedical research or biotechnology.

Cell Biology and Physiology

This concentration provides students with a strong foundation in the structure and function of organ systems and the tissues that comprise them. It is a good choice for students planning careers in medicine, pharmacology or health care.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

This concentration is designed for students interested in various aspects of organismal biology. It is a good choice for students preparing for graduate study or planning for a career as a research biologist or wildlife specialist.

Plant Science

This concentration is designed for students interested in various aspects of plant biology and prepares students for careers in agricultural industries, botanical research institutes or advanced training in graduate degree programs.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Benefits of the biology program include several internship and career opportunities. Advanced undergraduate students with good academic records are encouraged to apply for positions as teaching or learning assistants. In addition to a stipend, students gain teaching experience and the opportunity to help others become interested in the field of biology.

Biology majors can enroll in courses that provide credit for structured internships through collaborations with a variety of local organizations including the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Zoo, Sigma Aldrich, Monsanto and firms in the growing biotechnology field.

Careers

The biology major develops strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills that provide excellent preparation for professional schools, such as:

  • Medical school
  • Veterinary science school
  • Dental school
  • Optometry school
  • Graduate school in a broad range of disciplines

The skills biology majors gain also open the door to a wide variety of career options in areas such as health care, biotechnology, environmental management, conservation, education and the pharmaceutical industry.

Recent biology majors have been awarded grants from Sigma Xi and the National Science Foundation, as well as prestigious fellowships from the NSF, Fulbright Scholar Program, Mayo Clinic, Smithsonian Institution, NeuroSURF and the American Society for Microbiology.

Admission Requirements

Begin Your Application

Saint Louis University also accepts the Common Application.

Freshman

All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.

To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. 

Transfer

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED.

Students who have attempted fewer than 24 semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must follow the above freshmen admission requirements. Students who have completed 24 or more semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must submit transcripts from all previously attended college(s).

In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the Office of Admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University. Where applicable, transfer students will be evaluated on any courses outlined in the continuation standards of their preferred major.

International Applicants

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.

  1. Graduates will be able to effectively apply core biological concepts to solve problems.
  2. Graduates will be able to critically evaluate scientific information from multiple sources, including that from the primary literature.
  3. Graduates will be able to apply biological principles to global societal issues.
  4. Graduates will be able to draw valid conclusions from quantitative data.
  5. Graduates will be able to formulate hypotheses that address research questions.
  6. Graduates will be able to correctly perform common laboratory and/or field techniques.
  7. Graduates will be able to effectively apply the scientific method to test hypotheses.

 Biology students must complete a minimum total of 74 credits for the major.

Core Requirements
College core requirements54-63
For additional information about core courses
Biology Major Requirements
Required Introductory Courses
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 3010Evolutionary Biology0,3
BIOL 3020Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics3
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
MATH 1510Calculus I4
Statistics Course
MATH 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers3-4
or BIOL 4790 Biometry
Additional Science Lab Courses16
Complete four of the following five combinations:
CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
PHYS 1310
PHYS 1320
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 1330
PHYS 1340
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
EAS 1430
EAS 1435
Introduction to the Solid Earth
and Introduction to the Solid Earth Lab
Concentrations
Select one of the following Concentrations:
Senior Inquiry1
Select one of following:
BIOL 4910
Internship in Conservation
BIOL 4911
Integrated Bioinformatics Internship
BIOL 4912
Internship in Plant Science
BIOL 4970
Library Project
BIOL 4980
Advanced Independent Study
BIOL 5xxx
BIOL 5000-level elective
General Electives8-17
Total Credits117-121

Laboratory Requirement

All B.S. students must either:

  1. Complete at least three structured laboratory experiences with at least one from the cellular, molecular and developmental biology category and one from the ecology, evolutionary and organismal biology category of courses (see below).

    OR
  2. Complete four structured laboratory experiences without regard to category type.

In addition, B.S. students must complete at least one plant science course and one of several senior inquiry options. All biology majors are required to participate in first and second year mentoring sessions and meet with their mentor when in residence.

Independent Research

A total of 4 credits of BIOL 4960 Independent Research (1-3 cr), BIOL 4970 Library Project (1-3 cr), and/or BIOL 4980 Advanced Independent Study (1-4 cr) can be counted toward the B.S. degree. These courses do not count as structured lab courses.

Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology Concentration

Required Course
BIOL 3040Cell Structure & Function3
Select two courses with a 'Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biology Elective' attribute.6
Select two courses with a 'Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biology Lab' attribute.3-6
Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Elective with Lab4-5
Plant Elective3-5
Biology Elective Courses (a minimum of 26 credits is required for the concentration)1-7
Total Credits26

Biological Sciences Concentration

Required Course
BIOL 3040Cell Structure & Function3
Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology Elective with Lab4-5
Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Elective with Lab4-5
Additional Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology or Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Lab or BIOL 47901-5
Plant Elective3-5
Biology Elective Courses (a minimum of 26 credits is required for the concentration)3-11
Total Credits26
'Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biology Elective' Attribute
BIOL 4700Molecular Biology3
BIOL 4070Advanced Biological Chemistry3
BIOL 4030Introduction to Genomics3
BIOL 4430Principles of Virology3
BIOL 4520Biochemical Pharmacology3
BIOL 4720Cancer Biology3
'Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biology Lab' Attribute
BIOL 3060Cell Structure & Function Laboratory1
BIOL 3100Experiments in Genetics Lab1
BIOL 4050Molecular Technique Lab2
BIOL 4160Microbial Ecology and Molecular Evolution4
BIOL 4650General Microbiology Laboratory2

Cell Biology and Physiology Concentration

Required Courses
BIOL 3040Cell Structure & Function3
BIOL 4540Human Systemic Physiology3
Select one course with a 'Cell Biology-Related Lab' attribute1-4
Select one course with a 'Physiology-Related Lab' attribute.1-5
Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Elective with Lab4-5
Select two courses with a 'Cell Biology & Physiology Elective' attribute.6-9
Plant Elective3-5
Biology Elective Courses (a minimum of 26 credits is required for the concentration)0-5
Total Credits26-34
'Cell Biology/Physiology Elective' Attribute
BIOL 3420Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates5
BIOL 3480Exercise Physiology3
BIOL 3490Plant Physiology3
BIOL 4410Comparative Animal Physiology3
BIOL 4600Developmental Biology3
BIOL 4630Foundations of Immunobiology3
BIOL 4640General Microbiology3
BIOL 3400Introduction to Neuroscience I: Cellular, Molecular and Systemic3
BIOL 4160Microbial Ecology and Molecular Evolution4
BIOL 4250Neurobiology of Disease3
BIOL 4430Principles of Virology3
BIOL 4440Vertebrate Histology: Structure and Function of Tissues0,4
BIOL 4510Behavioral Endocrinology3
BIOL 4520Biochemical Pharmacology3
BIOL 4720Cancer Biology3
'Physiology-Related Lab' Attribute
BIOL 3420Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates5
BIOL 3470General Physiology Laboratory1
BIOL 4440Vertebrate Histology: Structure and Function of Tissues4
BIOL 3550Neuroscience Laboratory1
'Cell Biology-Related Lab' Attribute
BIOL 3060Cell Structure & Function Laboratory1
BIOL 4050Molecular Technique Lab2
BIOL 3550Neuroscience Laboratory1
BIOL 4600Developmental Biology3
BIOL 4160Microbial Ecology and Molecular Evolution4
BIOL 4650General Microbiology Laboratory2

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Concentration

Required Course
BIOL 4750General Ecology3
Select one course with an 'Ecology Elective' attribute.3-5
Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology Elective with Lab4-5
Select one course with an 'Evolution Elective' attribute.3-5
Select one course with an 'Organismal Elective' attribute. 3-5
Select one course with a 'Tools Elective' attribute2-4
Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Elective with Lab4-5
Plant Elective3-5
Biology Elective Courses (a minimum of 26 credits is required for the concentration)0-1
Total Credits26-37
'Evolution Elective' Attriute
BIOL 3420Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates5
BIOL 4010Sex, Evolution, and Behavior3
BIOL 4120Field Botany5
BIOL 4410Comparative Animal Physiology3
BIOL 4580Applied Population Genetics3
BIOL 3450Economic Botany3
'Organismal Elective' Attribute
BIOL 3220Biology of Invertebrates4
BIOL 3260Biology of Plants & Fungi4
BIOL 3280Ethnobotany3
BIOL 3450Economic Botany3
BIOL 4100Natural History of Vertebrates4
BIOL 4130Field Mammalogy5
BIOL 4140Field Ornithology5
BIOL 4260Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles4
BIOL 4280Biology of Fishes4
BIOL 4330Spring Flora of the Ozarks4
BIOL 4410Comparative Animal Physiology3
BIOL 4640General Microbiology3
'Ecology Elective' Attribute
BIOL 4090Plant Ecology3
BIOL 4140Field Ornithology5
BIOL 4200Aquatic Ecology4
BIOL 4360Animal Behavior3
BIOL 4480Conservation Biology3
BIOL 4670Population Biology3

Plant Science Concentration

Required Courses
BIOL 3040Cell Structure & Function3
BIOL 3260Biology of Plants & Fungi4
BIOL 3490Plant Physiology3
BIOL 4090Plant Ecology3
Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology Elective with Lab4-5
Additional Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology or Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Lab1-5
Biology Elective Courses (a minimum of 26 credits is required for the concentration)3-8
Total Credits26
Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Electives with Lab
BIOL 3420Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates5
BIOL 4160Microbial Ecology and Molecular Evolution4
BIOL 4440Vertebrate Histology: Structure and Function of Tissues4
BIOL 4600Developmental Biology3
BIOL 4640General Microbiology3
BIOL 3060Cell Structure & Function Laboratory1
BIOL 3100Experiments in Genetics Lab1
BIOL 3470General Physiology Laboratory1
BIOL 3480Exercise Physiology3
BIOL 3490Plant Physiology3
BIOL 4030Introduction to Genomics3
BIOL 4050Molecular Technique Lab2
BIOL 4070Advanced Biological Chemistry3
BIOL 4410Comparative Animal Physiology3
BIOL 4510Behavioral Endocrinology3
BIOL 3420Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates0,5

Program Notes:

Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Elective with Lab

BIOL 3220
Biology of Invertebrates
BIOL 3260
Biology of Plants & Fungi
BIOL 4100
Natural History of Vertebrates
BIOL 4120
Field Botany
BIOL 4130
Field Mammalogy
BIOL 4140
Field Ornithology
BIOL 4160
Microbial Ecology and Molecular Evolution
BIOL 4200
Aquatic Ecology
BIOL 4260
Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles (with Lab)
BIOL 4280
Biology of Fishes
BIOL 4320
Cave Biology
BIOL 4330
Spring Flora of the Ozarks
BIOL 4360
BIOL 4370
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
BIOL 4750
General Ecology
BIOL 3420
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates

Plant Elective*

BIOL 3260
Biology of Plants & Fungi
BIOL 3280
Ethnobotany
BIOL 3450
Economic Botany
BIOL 3490
Plant Physiology
BIOL 4090
Plant Ecology
BIOL 4330
Spring Flora of the Ozarks
BIOL 4120
Field Botany
*

Plant electives with labs may also fulfill the ecology, evolutionary, and organismal biology elective requirement.

Non-Course Requirements

All biology majors are required to participate in first and second year mentoring sessions and meet with their mentor when in residence.

Continuation Standards

Students must have a minimum of a 2.00 GPA in their major courses (BIOL) and required related credits (chemistry, mathematics and statistics, physics etc.) by the conclusion of their freshman year. Students who fall below a 2.00 GPA will be placed on probation. If a student fails to obtain at least a 2.00 GPA in their major courses (BIOL) and required related credits by the conclusion of their sophomore year they will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Bachelor of Science Core Curriculum Requirements

Please note: beginning in Fall 2022, all incoming SLU undergraduates—regardless of major, program, college or school—will complete the University Core curriculum. You can find more information about SLU’s common Core here: https://www.slu.edu/core/index.php
Core Components and Credits
Foundations of Discourse3
Diversity in the U.S.3
Global Citizenship3
Foreign Language0-6
Fine Arts3
Literature6
Mathematics4
Science8
Philosophy6
Social Science6
Theology6
World History6
Total Credits54-60

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits (excluding pre-college level courses numbered below 1000).
  • Complete either the College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Core Curriculum Requirements.
  • Complete major requirements: minimum 30 credits required.
  • Complete remaining credits with a second major, minor, certificate, and/or electives to reach the minimum of 120 credits required for graduation.
  • Achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average, a 2.00 grade point average in the major(s) and a 2.00 grade point average in the minor/certificate, or related elective credits.
  • Complete department/program-specific academic and performance requirements.
  • Complete at least 50% of the coursework for the major and 75% for the minor/certificate through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete 30 of the final 36 credits through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete an online degree application by the required University deadline.

Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
Participation in First-year Mentoring Events  
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Fall
Participation in Second-year Mentoring  
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 3040 Cell Structure & Function 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
Statistics Elective 3-4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits16-17
Year Three
Fall
BIOL 3010 Evolutionary Biology 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 3
Course with a 'Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biology Elective' attribute 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
A&S Core 3
 Credits16
Spring
Concentration Laboratory Elective 1-4
Course with a 'Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biology Elective' attribute 3
Course with a 'Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biology Lab' attribute 4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits14-17
Year Four
Fall
Concentration Elective 3
Laboratory EEOB Elective 4-5
Plant Elective 3-4
A&S Core 3
Elective 3
 Credits16-18
Spring
Biology Elective 3
Course with a 'Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biology Lab' attribute 1-4
Senior Inquiry Elective 1-3
A&S Core 3
Elective 3
 Credits11-16
 Total Credits124-135

Biological Sciences

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
Participation in First-year Mentoring Events  
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Fall
Participation in Second-year Mentoring  
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 3040 Cell Structure & Function 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
Statistics Elective 3-4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits16-17
Year Three
Fall
BIOL 3010 Evolutionary Biology 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 3
Biology Elective 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
A&S Core 3
 Credits16
Spring
Biology Elective 3
Laboratory CMDB Elective 1-2
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits14-15
Year Four
Fall
Biology Elective 3
Laboratory EEOB Elective 4-5
Plant Elective 3-4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits16-18
Spring
Biology Elective 3
Laboratory CMDB or EEOB Elective 1 1-5
Senior Inquiry Elective 1-3
A&S Core 3
Elective 3
 Credits11-17
 Total Credits124-134
1

Not required if BIOL 4790 Biometry (0,4 cr) was taken as the Statistics Elective

Cell Biology & Physiology

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
Participation in First-year Mentoring Events  
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Fall
Participation in Second-year Mentoring  
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 3040 Cell Structure & Function 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
Statistics Elective 3-4
A&S Core 3
 Credits13-14
Year Three
Fall
BIOL 3010 Evolutionary Biology 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 4540 Human Systemic Physiology 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
A&S Core 3
 Credits16
Spring
Course with 'Cell-Related' attribute 1-2
Course with 'Cell Biology/Physiology Elective' attribute 3
Course with 'Physiology-Related Lab' attribute 2-5
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
A&S Core 3
 Credits13-17
Year Four
Fall
Course with 'Cell Biology/Physiology Elective' attribute 3
Biology Elective 3
Laboratory EEOB Elective 1-2
Plant Elective 3-4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits16-18
Spring
Senior Inquiry Elective 1-3
Biology Elective 3
Laboratory CMDB or EEOB Elective 1 1-2
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
Elective 3
 Credits14-17
 Total Credits123-133
1

Not required if BIOL 4790 Biometry (0,4 cr) was taken as the Statistics elective.

Ecology, Evolution & Conservation

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
Participation in First-year Mentoring Events  
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Fall
Participation in Second-year Mentoring  
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
Biology Elective 4
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
Statistics Elective 3-4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17-18
Year Three
Fall
BIOL 3010 Evolutionary Biology 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 4750 General Ecology 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
A&S Core 3
 Credits16
Spring
Course with a 'Evolution Elective' attribute 3-4
Course with a 'Organismal Elective' attribute 3-4
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
Laboratory CMDB Elective 1-2
CMBD Elective Course 3
 Credits14-17
Year Four
Fall
Course with a 'Tools Elective' attribute 2-4
Plant Elective 3-4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits14-17
Spring
Senior Inquiry Elective 1-3
Course with a 'Ecology Elective' attribute 3
Laboratory CMDB or EEOB Elective 1 1-4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
Elective 3
 Credits14-19
 Total Credits126-138
1

Not required if BIOL 4790 Biometry (0,4 cr) was taken as Statistics elective.

Plant Science

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
Participation in First-year Mentoring Events  
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Fall
Participation in Second-year Mentoring  
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
Participation in Second-year Mentoring  
BIOL 3040 Cell Structure & Function 3
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
Statistics Elective 3-4
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits16-17
Year Three
Fall
BIOL 3010 Evolutionary Biology 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 3260 Biology of Plants & Fungi 4
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
A&S Core 3
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 3490 Plant Physiology 3
BIOL 4090 Plant Ecology 3
Laboratory CMDB Elective 1-2
CHEM, EAS, or PHYS course w/lab 4
A&S Core 3
 Credits14-15
Year Four
Fall
Biology Elective 3
Biology Elective 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
A&S Core 3
 Credits15
Spring
Biology Elective 3
Biology Elective 3
Laboratory CMDB or EEOB Elective 1 1-2
Senior Inquiry Elective 1-3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits14-17
 Total Credits127-132
1

Not required if BIOL 4790 Biometry (0,4 cr) was taken as Statistics Elective.

2+SLU programs are formal  transfer agreements for students seeking an associate degree at a partner institution.