Feb 05, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, B.A.

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Requirements for the liberal arts major in biology, B.A. program

This curriculum is designed for students intending to incorporate a biology major into a broader liberal arts program in pursuit of careers in technical fields or business or postgraduate study. Students in the B.A. curriculum who wish to apply to medical or dental schools are advised to complete the Pre-Medical Studies: Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine Concentration  .

A minimum of 42 credits in biology (excepting BIO 1000 , BIO 1002 , BIO 1004 , BIO 2006  and BIO 3000 ) is required, including at least nine lecture courses and a minimum of four BIO laboratory courses. Students must complete:

2. One course from each of the following areas

4. Three biology laboratory courses at the 3000 level or above

Note:  One course may be BIO 4995  - Independent Research.  BIO 3361  and BIO 4995  may only count toward one laboratory requirement, even if taken multiple times.  BIO 2101  does not fulfill this requirement.

5. Additional biology elective courses, at the 2000 level or above, as needed to meet the 42-credit minimum

8. Mathematics requirement


Corresponding lecture and lab courses should normally be taken simultaneously. Note that some courses have incorporated labs into lecture credit while other labs are given separate credit.

Students using this catalog to meet biology B.A. major requirements may also use any course subsequently approved as satisfying specific requirements and published in a later catalog.

Additional Information

In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements , the College of Arts and Sciences College Exploratory Requirement , and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of course work used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.

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