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The liberal arts track and biology core curriculum expose the student to major subject areas in biology while providing considerable flexibility for each student. For example, minimal mathematics and chemistry requirements allow students to develop minor subject areas or a second major in another science area or in an outside field such as education, journalism, or business. This degree is suitable for students who may apply for admission into law school or for those who seek employment in business, environmental studies, teaching, or industry. The B.A. liberal arts degree described above will not automatically fulfill requirements for entrance into medical, dental, optometry, medical technology, other allied health programs, or most graduate school programs. Students desiring eventual admission into a professional program or laboratory related fields should follow the B.S. in Biology degree program.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Biology Residency Requirements

The Department of Biology enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

General Education Core Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated in the General Education Core, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the following BA Distribution Requirements. In some rare instances, it is possible to "double dip" BA Distribution courses with some General Education Core courses and major courses. When "double dipping," the minimum grade required is the higher of the two. The additional distribution requirements are as follows:

  • Additional Ethical Reasoning/Diversity
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Ethical Reasoning/Diversity requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the Ethical Reasoning/Diversity.
  • Additional Natural Science
    In addition to the five credit hours (lecture + lab) required for the campus general education Natural Science requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 8 credit hours in the natural sciences.
  • Additional Social Science
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Social Science requirement, choose one additional course in any discipline for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the social/behavioral sciences.
  • Historical Investigation
    Two courses in Historical Investigation.
  • Foreign Language
    All BA degree candidates must satisfactorily complete (D- or higher) four semesters of a single foreign language, or they must earn an achievement examination or placement test score sufficient for placement in foreign language classes at the 300 level or above.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology Requirements

List of Major Courses, Including the Biology Core, for B.A. in Biology

  • Introduction to Computers - one course (CSCI-C106)
  • Chemistry - two lectures w/labs (CHEM-C101/C121 & CHEM-C102/C122), can count as GE Natural Science
  • Mathematics - one course (MATH-M122, M125, or M126), can count as GE Quantitative Reasoning
  • Introductory sequence - two courses w/labs (BIOL-L101 & L102), can count as GE Natural Science
  • Molecular Biology - one course (BIOL-L211)
  • Genetics - one course w/lab (BIOL-L311/L319)
  • Cell biology - one course (BIOL-L312)
  • Developmental Biology - one course w/lab (PLSC-B373, BIOL-L317/Z318, BIOL-L346, or PLSC-B375 with permission)
  • Physiology - one course w/lab (PHSL-P416/P418, PLSC-B370, or PHSL-P215)
  • Ecology- one course w/lab (BIOL-L473/L474, MICR-M420, BIOL-L343, or BIOL-L3031)
  • Evolution - one course w/lab (BIOL-L318)
  • Senior Seminar - one course (BIOL-L403)
  • Organismal Diversity - one course w/lab (PLSC-B364, MICR-M310/M315, or ZOOL-Z373/Z383)
  • Biology Elective(s) (5 or more credit hours of 300–level or above)
  • Electives to bring total to 120 credit hours

1BIOL-L303 is a 3 cr. hr. Field Biology course.  Additional fees required.