Biology

  • First-year experience (1 cr)
    • SCI-I 120 Windows on Science
  • Core communication (9 cr)

    Two courses in English composition of at least 3 credits each and 3 credits of speech are required. You may choose either ENG-W 270 or ENG-W 231. A grade of C (2.0) or better must be obtained in both composition courses (a C- does not count).

    • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, & Inquiry I
    • ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing*
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills*
    • COMM-R 110 Fundamentals of Speech Comm.
  • Analytical reasoning (9 cr)

    You must obtain a grade of C (2.0) or higher; a grade of D+ or D will be allowed for one course only.

    • MATH 15300 College Algebra
    • MATH 15400 Algebra and Trigonometry II

    Choose one from the list below:

    • CSCI-N 201 Programming Concepts
    • CSCI-N 207 Data Analysis Using Spreadsheets
  • Cultural understanding (3 cr.)

    Choose one course from the list below:

    • ASL-A 121 First Year American Sign Language I
    • ANTH-S 104 Culture and Society
    • SPAN-S 117 Beginning Spanish I
    • SPAN-S 131 First Year Spanish I
    • TCEM-T 208 Tourism Geography
  • Foreign language

    First year proficiency in a foreign language is required. This requirement may be met by one of the options below:

    • Completing a first year sequence (8-10 credit hours) in a single language with a passing grade
    • Completing a second-year or third-year course with a grade of C or higher
    • Taking a placement test and placing into the 200 level or higher. American Sign Language (ASL) may be taken to meet this requirement.
  • Life and physical sciences (28 cr)

    You must obtain grades of C- or higher in these courses; a grade of D+ or D will be allowed for one course only. Choose from:

    • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
    • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (lab)
    • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
    • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (lab)
    • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry I (lab)
    • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II
    • PHYS 21800 General Physics I
    • PHYS 21900 General Physics II
  • Biology requirements (30 cr)

    You must obtain grades of C- or higher in these courses.

    • BIOL-K 101 Concepts of Biology I
    • BIOL-K 103 Concepts of Biology II
    • BIOL-K 322 Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • BIOL-K 341 Principles of Ecology and Evolution
    • BIOL-K 483 Biological Chemistry

    Organismal course (choose one)

    • BIOL-K 356 Microbiology
    • BIOL-K 411 Global Change Biology

    Biology labs (choose three)

    • BIOL-K 325 Cell Biology Laboratory
    • BIOL-K 357 Microbiology Laboratory
    • BIOL-K 323 Genetics and Molecular Biology Laboratory
    • BIOL-K 342 Principles of Ecology and Evolution Laboratory

    Capstone experience (choose one)

    • BIOL-K 490 Capstone in Biology
    • BIOL-K 493 Independent Research
  • 300+ level electives

    Approximately 32 credit hours or the number needed to complete a minimum of 120 total credit hours for graduation. No more than 6 credit hours of clinical, athletic, or performance arts courses will count toward the total.

Academic advising

As a biology student at IUPUC, you'll work closely with your academic advisor to select and register for classes that apply toward your degree program. Your advisor will help you monitor your progress to ensure you are on the right track to graduate on time.


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Capstone experience

Apply what you've learned in the capstone experience, which is an independent, creative effort that is integrative and builds on the your previous coursework; it may include research projects, independent study and projects, a practicum, a seminar, and/or a field experience.

Earn a minor in biology

The Division of Science offers a biology minor specialized for students majoring in other subjects. A minor from the Division of Science can help you diversify your undergraduate degree with additional business skills.


Learn more about a biology minor