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Life Sciences Concentration

The Life Sciences Concentration could be called the “traditional” Biology major. It is recommended for students who aspire to become professional biologists, physicians, veterinarians or dentists. This concentration includes the two-semester Freshman Biology sequence, the two-semester research requirement, upper division course work of the student’s choice, and appropriate coursework in Chemistry and Math.

Students who complete the Life Sciences Concentration can put their bachelor’s degrees to work straight away as technicians or research associates in academic or industrial settings. Life Science students are also ideally prepared for admission into graduate programs in Biology where they can pursue advanced degrees, particularly the Ph.D. degree, and eventually become professional scientists in charge of research programs, or college or university professors.

The Life Science Concentration is the recommended curriculum for Pre-Med, Pre-Vet and Pre-Dentistry because admission committees at these schools are looking for the course mix and level of rigor that goes with this curriculum. We recommend our Health Sciences Concentration for students who hope to become Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists or practitioners in other Allied Health fields.


A total of 53 hours with grades of “C-” or better in all courses is required. Courses other than those offered only as pass/no pass may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis for this major.

Required Courses: Common Core 25 hours.

Concentration Requirements: 28 hours

Required: 28 hours from the following.

BI330G-NS Animal Diversity (4)

BI333 Plant Biology (4)

BI336 Evolution (4)

BI338 Vertebrate Anatomy (4)

BI340 Animal Physiology (4)

BI343 Microbiology and Immunology (4)

BI346 Genetics (4)

BI349 Parasitology (4)

BI350 Advanced Topics for Biology Majors (4)

BI352 Bioethics (4)

BI431 Biochemistry (4)

BI434 Molecular Biology (4)

ES332 Ecology and Conservation Biology (4)

ES350G-NS Advanced Topics in Field Biology (4)

Required: Proficiency Exam during sophomore and senior year.