School of Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology centers on a traditional biology core that includes cell biology, genetics, evolution, molecular biology, but with a lot of flexibility with biology electives. Additional courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics round out the basic program. In addition to their scientific training, students in biology are expected to be able to communicate effectively and to possess an understanding of humanities and society. Biology B.S. students are exposed to a core of courses in the humanities and social and behavioral sciences, as well as the natural sciences. Graduates of the program are well suited to continue their education at the graduate level in various biological fields, to find employment in the scientific field, or to enter a health-related profession such as medicine, optometry, chiropractic, or dentistry.

Degree Requirements
  1. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  2. Entering freshmen must take SSCI-S 105 Science Freshmen Learning Community (1 cr.).
  3. General Education. Students must complete all of the requirements of the Indiana University Kokomo campus-wide general education curriculum. The General Education requirements in quantitative literacy, critical thinking, and physical and life sciences are satisfied by the major.
  4. Mathematics and Informatics. Students must takes MATH-K 310 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.), MATH-M 215 Calculus I (5 cr.) and INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr.).
  5. Specific Biology B.S. Degree Requirements. Students must complete BIOL-L 105 Introduction to Biology (5 cr.), CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr.), CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II (3 cr.), CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.), CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.), CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.), CHEM C-342 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.), CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 cr.), CHEM C-344 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (2 cr.), PHYS-P 201 or PHYS-P 221 General Physics I (5 cr.), and PHYS-P 202 or PHYS-P 222 General Physics II (5 cr.).
  6. Biology Courses—A minimum of 45 credit hours in biology at or above the 200 level must be taken with a grade of C- or better in each course. The following biology courses are required: BIOL-L 211/213 Molecular Biology (5 cr.), BIOL-L 203 Evolution & diversity of Life (3 cr.), BIOL-L 367 Cell Physiology (3 cr.) or MICR-M 310 Microbiology (3 cr.), BIOL-L 364 Principles of Genetics (3 cr.), BIOL-L 490 Individual Study (3 cr.), and BIOL-L 403 Biology Seminar (3 cr.). An additional minimum of 20 credits of biology electives (at the 300/400-level) is required with at least one course from each of the concentrations below. Courses with labs count as one. At least two courses with a lab (5 cr.) must be selected. For other biology electives, consult an advisor or the Dean. 
    • Life Science Concentration: BIOL-L 321 (3 cr.), MICR-M 310 (3 cr.)/315 (2 cr.), BIOL-L 498 (3 cr.), BIOL-L 367 (3 cr.), BIOL-L 329 (5 cr.), CHEM-C 329 (5 cr.), MICR-M 320 (3 cr.) 
    • Ecology and Organismal Biology Concentration: ZOOL-Z 315 (lecture and lab, 5 cr.), PHSL-P 416 (3 cr.)/418 (2 cr.), BIOL-L 336 (3 cr), BIOL-L 345 (3 cr.), BIOL-L 377, BIOL-L 379, BIOL-L 391 (3 cr.), BIOL-L 473 (3 cr.)/474 (2 cr.)
  7. 30 of the last 60 credit hours at Indiana University Kokomo.

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