Aug 13, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, BS

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Upon completion of at least 34 required semester hours in biology courses plus 15 semester hours in biology electives, 19 semester hours in required chemistry courses, 8 semester hours in required physics courses, 4 semester hours in a required mathematics course, and approximately 37 semester hours of general education courses, a student will be awarded the BS degree in biology. The total number of semester hours needed to acquire the BS is approximately 120-121. Adequate pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, and pre-pharmacy courses are provided in the biology program to prepare students to enter medical, dental or pharmacy school. Recent graduates of the Department are currently enrolled in schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, and other allied health and engineering and graduate schools.

Majors are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all required biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science courses.

Because MATH 225 (Calculus I) or MATH 215 (Elements of Calculus) is the terminal mathematics course for majors in biology, this course must be taken at Bowie State University. Biology electives must be above the BIOL 101 level sequence. Students majoring in biology must meet two sets of requirements as outlined below:

Core Biology And Related Science Courses

The CORE requirements (BIOL 102, 103, 105, 209) will serve as the prerequisites for all other biology courses offered in the major. CHEM 107 is the prerequisite courses for CHEM 108. Each prerequisite MUST be successfully completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better BEFORE enrolling in the Required Core Courses. Registration for BIOL 403 will ONLY be allowed during the senior year.

Core Electives

Core electives are to be selected from the course listing below. Students must include in their selection at least 15/16 semester hours at the 300-400 level with a minimum of 8 semester hours at the 400 level excluding.  Core electives must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Required Computer Science Course

General Education And Institutional Requirements

See the full list of University General Education and Institutional Requirements 

Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)

English Composition (6 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours from 2 different disciplines)

  • ____ Arts and Humanities Electives 6 Credits

Sciences (7-8 semester hours)

____ ___ Science Electives 7-8 Credits

Mathematics (4 semester hours)

Social Sciences (6 semester hours from 2 different disciplines)

Technology Issues (4 semester hours)

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours)

9 Chosen based on departmental advisement. Students are encouraged to take SUMMER courses and attend MINI-SEMESTER in order to have a manageable semester load. Note: The Department reserves the right to specify suitable general education courses, in keeping with COMAR, for its majors.

Sample Program

Freshman Year

First Semester

Total: 17

Total: 15

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

First Semester

Total: 14

Second Semester

Total: 15

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 13

Second Semester

  • BIOL 4___ Advanced Biology Elective 4 Credits
  • ____ ____ Free Electives 13 Credits (Based on Departmental Advisement)


Total: 17

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