B.S. Biology Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is recommended for students planning to be professional biologists in industry or governmental service, for graduate work in the biological sciences and for students planning careers in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. In addition to the University and College degree requirements, students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences must complete the following degree requirements (Minimum of 120 credits required). 

Prerequisite  Coursework for Transfer Students

Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both  lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual  Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division  requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public  college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at  another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure  timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students  must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transition Guides .

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to  satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and  will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for  assessment.

B.S. Biology Core Requirements

Core Requirements (47-49 credits)
Biological Principles and Lab BSC 1010, 1010L 4
Biodiversity and Lab BSC 1011, 1011L 4
General Chemistry 1 and Lab CHM 2045, 2045L 4
General Chemistry 2 and Lab CHM 2046, 2046L 4
Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 2210 3
Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
Methods of Calculus MAC 2233 3 or
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
College Physics 1 PHY 2053 4 or
General Physics 1 PHY 2048 4
College Physics 2 PHY 2054 4 or
General Physics 2 PHY 2049 4
General Physics 1 Lab PHY 2048L 1
General Physics 2 Lab PHY 2049L 1
Experimental Design and Statistical Inference PSY 3234 3 or
Introduction to Biostatistics STA 3173 3
Select four of the courses below: (Additional courses selected from this category beyond the four courses may be applied toward the elective requirement.)
One course in Physiology***   4-5
Genetics PCB 3063 4
Cell Biology PCB 3023 3
Principles of Ecology PCB 4043 3
Evolution PCB 3674 3
***Students who select the "One course in Physiology" option above may fulfill this option by choosing one of the below course/lab combinations
Principles of Plant Physiology and Lab BOT 4503, 4503L 4
Comparative Animal Physiology and Lab PCB 4723, 4723L 4
Vertebrate Structure Development and Evolution and Lab ZOO 4690, 4690L 5
Human Morphology and Function 1 and Lab PCB 3703, 3703L 4
Human Morphology and Function 2 and Lab PCB 3704, 3704L 4

 

B.S. Biology Electives

Electives (Select a minimum of 18 upper-division credits from the list below)

The Department of Psychology and Department of Biological Sciences jointly administer the Neuroscience and Behavior major. Thus, Biology majors may choose electives from that program list as well.

Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3

Biochemistry 2 or Biochemistry Lab

BCH 3034 or BCH 3103L 3
Vascular Plant Anatomy and Lab BOT 3223, 3223L 4
Marine Botany and Lab BOT 4404, 4404L 4
Plant Cell Biology BOT 4542 3
Principles of Plant Physiology and Lab BOT 4503, 4503L 4
Plant Biotechnology BOT 4734C 3
Life of a Biologist* BSC 2844 1
Conservation Biology BSC 3052 3
Introduction to Biological Research BSC 3453 1
Biological Research Writing BSC 3481 2
Molecular Genetics of Aging BSC 4022 3
Biotechnology 1 Lab BSC 4403L 2
Biotechnology 2 Lab BSC 4427L 2
Concepts in Bioinformatics BSC 4434C 3
Biology of Cancer BSC 4806 3
Directed Independent Study** BSC 4905 1-3
Directed Independent Research in Biological Sciences** BSC 4910 0-3
Honors Research BSC 4917 3
Honors Thesis BSC 4918 3
Special Topics BSC 4930 1-3
Comparative Animal Behavior CBH 4024 3
Organic Chemistry Lab CHM 2211L 2
Critical Thinking in Environmental Science EVS 4021 3
General Microbiology and Lab MCB 3020, 3020L 4
Medical Bacteriology MCB 4203 3
Virology MCB 4503 3
Microbial Ecology MCB 4603 3
Marine Biodiversity and Lab OCB 4032, 4032L 4
Marine Biology and Lab OCB 4043, 4043L 4
Marine Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Lab OCB 4525, 4525L 4
Marine Ecology and Lab OCB 4633, 4633L 4
Marine Science OCE 4006 4
Issues in Human Ecology PCB 3352 3
Genetics Lab PCB 4067L 3
Immunology PCB 4233 3
Freshwater Ecology and Lab PCB 4301, 4301L 4
Molecular Genetics PCB 4522 3
Genes and Development PCB 4594 3
Reproductive Endocrinology PCB 4803 3
Cellular Neuroscience and Disease PCB 4842 3
Practical Cell Neuroscience PCB 4843C 3
Invertebrate Zoology and Lab* ZOO 2203, 2203L 5
Vertebrate Zoology and Lab* ZOO 2303, 2303L 4
Functional Biology of Marine Animals and Lab ZOO 4402. 4402L 4
Ornithology and Lab ZOO 4472, 4472L 4
Principles of Human Neuroanatomy ZOO 4742 3

 

*Although they are biology electives, Life of a Biologist (BSC 2844), Invertebrate Zoology and Lab (ZOO 2203, 2203L and Vertebrate Zoology (ZOO 2303, 2303L) are not upper-division courses and, as such, do not fulfill the minimum biology upper-division elective requirement of 12 credits.

**Students may enroll in a maximum of 3 research credits within a single semester.

Note: No more than a total of 5 non-graded (S/U) credits may be used to fulfill biology degree program requirements. Approved non-graded biology electives include:

Directed Independent Study (example: CMBB Research Seminar for 1 credit) BSC 4905 1-3
Directed Independent Research in Biological Sciences BSC 4910 0-3
Professional Internship IDS 3949 0-1

 

Note: CMBB Research Seminar is a 1-credit semester-long course. No more than 2 credits (2 semesters) of CMBB Research Seminar may be used to fulfill biology degree program requirements.

Note: Biology department approval is required for students wishing to complete the Professional Internship for credit. After a student's Professional Internship registration request has been processed by the FAU Career Center, the Career Center will communicate directly with the department to request approval on the student's behalf.

Note: Students wishing to participate in Medical Shadowing Internship should not enroll in Professional Internship. They should instead enroll in Medical Shadowing Internship (IDS 3940). The Medical Shadowing Internship course cannot be used to fulfill biology degree program requirements.

Students can find detailed flight plan information and Intellectual Foundations Program checklists for biology majors through University Advising Services.

 

Honors in the Major—Biological Sciences

Eligible undergraduate students may apply to participate in the Department of Biological Sciences' Honors in the Major program. There are two paths to attaining Honors in the Major. Students who fulfill all requirements associated with one of the biology honors pathways successfully and have an overall GPA of 3.2 or greater at the time of degree conferral will receive a designation of Honors in the Major on their transcripts. The transcript designations, "Honors in Biological Sciences - Research Thesis" or "Honors in Biological Sciences - Research," will mark participation in the one of the two paths.


Honors in Biological Sciences—Research Thesis            

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an Honors Thesis Program that recognizes research accomplishments of talented undergraduates. Eligible students must have a minimum of 20 credits in biology and an overall GPA of 3.2. Students usually begin the program in their junior year and conduct independent, supervised research during their junior and senior years. A written paper and a seminar describing the results of their research are required in the senior year. Interested students should contact the faculty member whose research interests are closest to those the student wishes to pursue.

Honors in Biological Sciences—Research

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an Honors Research Program that recognizes research accomplishments of talented undergraduates. Eligible students must have a minimum of 20 credits in biology and an overall GPA of 3.2. Students usually begin the program in their junior year and conduct independent, supervised research during their junior and senior years. Submission of a grant proposal is required no later than the second semester of the junior year. Presentation of a poster or seminar at a local , regional, national or international research conference/symposium describing the results of the research is required in the senior year. Interested students should contact a faculty member whose research interests are closest to those the student wishes to pursue. Visit the website for more information.

The FAU Max Planck Honors Program (MPHP)

Eligible College of Science majors in Biology, Psychology, and Neuroscience and Behavior may apply to participate in this Jupiter-specific honors program for undergraduates. For students pursuing the  MPHP, 6 of the elective credits in their  individual program must be applied toward the requirements of the MPHP.  These include successful completion of a Capstone experience (minimum of 3 credits) and three different MPHP Enrichment courses (1 credit each)  from those listed below. A minimum grade of B must be achieved in graded  courses (S in non-graded courses) among these exclusive MPHP course options for  the credits to count toward the requirements of the MPHP.