Degree Information

The B.S. in Biology degree provides acknowledgment to the stronger background in science and math and will better prepare students for research-oriented careers as professional biologists and medical professionals. The degree may also serve as a terminal degree for a variety of biology professions.

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

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Science in Biology Requirements

  • General Chemistry - two courses w/labs (CHEM-C105/C125 & CHEM-C106/C126), can count as GE Natural Science
  • Organic Chemistry - two courses w/labs (CHEM-C341/C343 & CHEM-C342/C344)
  • Biochemistry - one course (CHEM-C 484)
  • Mathematics - two courses: Calculus (MATH-M215 or M119), can count as GE Quantitative Reasoning, and Statistics (MATH-K300)
  • Physics - two courses w/labs (PHYS-P201 & P202 or PHYS-P221 & P222)
  • Introductory Biology Sequence - two courses w/labs (BIOL-L101 & L102)
  • 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)
  • Biology 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, 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.

Courses in second semester calculus, as well as individual study in biological research, are recommended depending on the career goals.