Biological Sciences (BA) (17BIOBA)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
BIO 181 Intro Bio: Ecol, Evol, Biodiv 4 BIO 183 Intro Bio: Cell & Molecular 4
CH 101 Chemistry-A Molecular Sci. 3 Organic Chemistry and Lab 2 4
CH 102 General Chemistry Lab 1 ENG 101 4 4
LSC 101 Critical & Creative Life Sci 2 GEP Elective* 3
Calculus 1 3 GEP Health and Exercise Studies* 1
LSC 103 Exploring Life Sci Disciplines 3 1    
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Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Statistics 5 3 Life Science Elective 7 3
Communication Requirement 6 3 Life Science Elective 7 3
Life Science 7 3 Cross Discipline Elective (Advised) 8 3
GEP Elective* 3 GEP Elective* 3
Free Elective 9 3 Free Elective 9 3
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Junior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PY 131 Conceptual Physics 10 4 Life Science Elective 7 3
Experiential Learning Requirement 11 3 Life Science Elective 7 3
Cross Discipline Elective (Advised) 8 3 Cross Discipline Elective (Advised)8 3
GEP Elective* 3 Writing6 3
Free Elective 9 3 GEP Elective* 3
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Senior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Life Science Elective 7 3 Life Science Elective 7 3
Life Science Elective 7 3 Cross Discipline Elective (Advised) 8 3
Cross Discipline Elective (Advised)8 3 Free Elective 9 3
Cross Discipline Elective (Advised) 8 3 Cross Discipline Elective (Advised)8 3
GEP Elective* 3 GEP Health and Exercise Studies* 1
    BIO 481 Senior Capstone Project 1
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Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation:        120 Footnotes A grade of C- or better is required in the following courses: LSC 101 Critical and Creative Thinking in the Life Sciences LSC 103 Exploring Life Science Disciplines BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology CH 101 Chemistry – A Molecular Science CH 102 General Chemistry Lab ENG 101 Academic Writing & Research Calculus 3 IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Students should check with their adviser before electing to take any course with S/U grading if it is normally graded A-F. Up to 12 hours of Free Electives can be taken S/U.
  • Students cannot use the same course both as a Cross Discipline Elective and to meet a GEP requirement (with the exception of Global Knowledge and US Diversity).
  • Student are responsible for determining the pre-requisites for any course they are interested in taking.
  •  Students interested in graduate school or professional school should check the courses required for admission to the programs to which they plan to apply.
  •  The B.A. in Biological Sciences cannot be used as a second major for many students already in a degree program in the life sciences – students interested in a second major should first check with the coordinator of their desired second major.

Calculus alternatives (take one course) Students interested in taking more than one semester of calculus should start with either MA 131 or MA 141, because MA 121 does not serve as a pre-requisite for either MA 231 or MA 241. Additional semesters of calculus can be used toward Life Science Electives requirements. MA 121 Elements of Calculus MA 131 Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A (first of two-semester series) MA 141 Calculus I (first of three-semester series) 2 Organic Chemistry alternatives (take one) CH 220 is a single semester organic chemistry course, with lab included. CH 221 is the first of a two semester sequence (with CH 223) in organic chemistry, with CH 222 serving as the lab. Students earning a B.A. in Biological Sciences can take either CH 220 or CH 221 plus CH 222 to meet their organic chemistry requirement. Students who wish to take two semesters of organic chemistry should NOT start with CH 220, but should take CH 221/222 and CH 223/224. 3 LSC 103 Exploring Life Science Disciplines LSC 103 deals with transition-to-college issues while exploring degree program options within the life sciences. If a student transfers into the B.A. in Biological Sciences after taking a similar course in another program, that course can be substituted for LSC 103 on the degree audit, an action initiated by the academic advisor. 4 ENG 101 and the General Education Program (GEP) All NC State students take 26 credit hours as part of the General Education Program (GEP). This includes ENG 101, which can be taken either the first or second semester of the first year, and LSC 101, which meets 2 credit hours of the Interdisciplinary Perspectives GEP requirement. For their GEP Elective(s) in the first year, students are encouraged to explore the GEP course lists for Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Humanities, or Social Sciences and choose a course in which they are interested. 5 Statistics alternatives (take one course) ST 305 ST 311 ST/BUS 350 NOTE: Please replace the existing Footnote 6 with this: 6 Communication and Writing Requirement (take one course from each list, minimum 6 cr hrs) One course must be taken from a list of communication courses and one course must be taken from a list of advanced writing courses – select courses from the lists on your degree audit.   7 Life Science Electives (take a total of 24 credit hours) A total of 24 credit hours must be taken from the courses listed on your degree audit. At least 18 of these hours must be at the 300 level or higher. With adviser approval, students can use a total of up to 3 hours of learning experience (e.g., BSC 492, 493, 494) or honors research experience (BSC 498) toward Life Science Electives or toward 8Cross Discipline Electives (Advised) – whichever category the experience appropriately fits. Some experimental courses (295, 495, and 592) and graduate (500-) level courses may also be used as Life Science Electives, with adviser and departmental approval. Students should check the prerequisites and restrictions on courses in which they are interested.   8 Cross Discipline Electives: Advised (take 21 credit hours) Students in the B.A. in Biological Sciences will identify a second discipline of interest in which to also focus their studies. These 21 credit hours will be planned by the student in consultation with their advisor and must be approved by the advisor and by the program. This second disciplinary focal area can be selected from a wide range of fields outside of the life sciences (see examples below). At least 15 of these hours must be at the 300 level or higher and the rest must be at the 200 level or higher. With adviser approval, students can use a total of up to 3 hours of learning experience (e.g., BSC 492, 493, 494) or honors research experience toward 7Life Science Electives or toward Cross Discipline Electives – whichever category the experience appropriately fits. Some experimental courses (295, 495, and 592) and graduate (500-) level courses may also be used as Cross Discipline Electives, with adviser and program approval. Students should check the prerequisites and restrictions on courses in which they are interested. For example, most ELM courses are restricted to Elementary Education majors and therefore would be appropriate only to those with a second major in Elementary Education. Courses used to meet GEP requirements cannot also be used to meet Cross Discipline Electives requirements.   NOTE: This list is not to be coded into the degree audit. ADN >199 (Art and Design) AES >199 (Agricultural and Environmental Systems) AFS >199 (Africana Studies) ANS >199 (Animal Science) ANT >199 (Anthropology) ARC >199 (Architecture) ARE >199 (Agricultural and Resource Economics) ARS >199 (Arts Studies) BAE >199 (Biological & Agricultural Engineering) BBS >199 (Bioprocessing) BEC >199 (Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center) BIT >199 (Biotechnology) BMA >199 (Biomathematics) BME >199 (Biomedical Engineering) BUS >199 (Business Management) CE >199 (Civil Engineering) CH >199 (Chemistry)CHE >199 (Chemical Engineering) CL >199 (Comparative Literature) COM >199 (Communication) CS >199 (Crop Science) CSC >199 (Computer Science) DS >199 (Design Studies) EAC >199 (Adult and Higher Education) EC >199 (Economics) ECD >199 (Counselor Education) ECE >199 (Electrical & Computer Engineering) ECI >199 (Curriculum, Instruction and Counselor Education) ED >199 (Education) EDP >199 (Educational Psychology) EI >199 (Entrepreneurship Initiative) ELM >199 (Elementary Education) ELP >199 (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) EMS >199 (Mathematics, Science and Technology Education) ENG >199 (English) ENT >199 (Entomology) ET >199 (Environmental Technology) FL* >199 (Foreign Languages and Literatures) FM >199 (Feed Mill)FOR >199 (Forestry) FS >199 (Food Science) FTD >199 (Fashion and Textile Design) FW >199 (Fisheries and Wildlife Science) GC >199 (Graphic Communications) GD >199 (Graphic Design) GEO >199 (Geography) GPH >199 (Global Public Health) GTI >199 (Global Training Initiative) HA >199 (History of Art) HI >199 (History) HS >199 (Horticulture Science) ID >199 (Industrial Design) IDS >199 (Interdisciplinary Studies) IS >199 (International Studies) LAR >199 (Landscape Architecture) LOG >199 (Logic) LPS >199 (Leadership in the Public Sector) MA >199 (Mathematics) MAE >199 (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering) MEA >199 (Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences) MIE >199 (Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship) MSE >199 (Materials Science & Engineering) MT >199 (Medical Textiles) MUS >199 (Music) NE >199 (Nuclear Engineering) NPS >199 (Nonprofit Studies) PA >199 (Public Administration) PCC >199 (Polymer and Color Chemistry) PHI >199 (Philosophy) PO >199 (Poultry Science) PP >199 (Plant Pathology) PRT >199 (Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management) PS >199 (Political Science) PSE >199 (Paper Science Engineering) PSY >199 (Psychology) PY >199 (Physics) REL >199 (Religion) SMT >199 (Sustainable Materials Technology) SOC >199 (Sociology) SSC >199 (Soil Science) ST >199 (Statistics) STS >199 (Science, Technology, and Society) SW >199 (Social Work) TC >199 (Textile Chemistry) TDE >199 (Tech Engr & Des Educ) TE >199 (Textile Engineering) TED >199 (Technology Education) THE >199 (Theatre) TMS >199 (Textile Materials Science) TOX >199 (Toxicology) TT >199 (Textile Technology) WGS >199 (Women’s and Gender Studies) WPS >199 (Wood and Paper Science) 9 Free Electives (take 12 credit hours) These electives cannot be remedial nor can they be taken at an elementary level after you have taken comparable coursework at a more advanced level. 10 Physics Alternatives PY 211 is a suitable substitute for PY 131. 11 Experiential Learning Requirement Experiential Learning opportunities can take many forms, but should be relevant to a possible career path for the student. The out-of-class experience to be undertaken to meet this requirement must be approved in advance by the adviser and program director. It is the responsibility of the student to identify an opportunity, to make arrangements with a supervisor to pursue that opportunity, and to complete the contract necessary for credit to be awarded for the experience.   *General Education Program (GEP) requirements and GEP Footnotes To complete the requirements for graduation and the General Education Program, the following category credit hours and co-requisites must be satisfied. University approved GEP course lists for each of the following categories can be found at http://www.ncsu.edu/uap/academic-standards/gep/courselists/index.html. Introduction to Writing: ENG 101 (4 credit hours with a C- or better) Students must complete ENG 101 during their freshman year. Mathematical Sciences (6 credit hours; one course with MA or ST prefix) In this degree program, this GEP requirement is met through the Major course requirements. Natural Sciences (7 credit hours; include one laboratory course or course with a lab) In this degree program, this GEP requirement is met through the Major course requirements. Humanities (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes) Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites. Social Sciences (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes) Choose from the University approved GEP Social Sciences course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites. Physical Education/Healthy Living (2 credit hours; at least one 100-level Fitness and Wellness Course) Choose from the University approved GEP Physical Education/Healthy Living course list. Additional Breadth (3 credit hours) Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list or the GEP Social Sciences course list or the GEP Visual & Performing Arts course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (5 credit hours) In this degree program, 2 credit hours are met through a Major course requirement. For the remaining 3 credit hours, choose from the University approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites. The following Co-Requisites must be satisfied to complete GEP requirements U.S. Diversity (USD) Choose from the University approved GEP U.S. Diversity course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the U.S. Diversity (USD) co-requisite. Global Knowledge (GK) Choose from the University approved GEP Global Knowledge course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the Global Knowledge (GK) co-requisite. Foreign Language proficiency Proficiency at the FL_102 level is required for graduation. PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION