Nov 30, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

Biology (BS)

Federal CIP: 26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General

The Biology Major is designed to allow students flexibility in their choice of courses while providing a solid foundation in the basics of the biological sciences. Biology graduates enter a variety of professions including health care, laboratory and research fields, or field biology. This major allows students to be eligible for the Enhanced LIFE Scholarship and the Enhanced Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology degree are expected to be able to:

  • express and support, orally and in-writing, an integration of faith and biology and a knowledge of current biomedical and environmental issues, including their ethical implications;
  • exhibit competence in the following subdisciplines of biology: cell biology, molecular biology & genetics, organismal biology, and population biology/ecology/evolution;
  • locate, comprehend, and communicate about scientific literature, and present literature and laboratory findings in oral and written form; and
  • utilize mathematics and statistics and apply these concepts to biological phenomena.

Biology BS Requirements

Specified Core Curriculum

Students earning a bachelor’s degree must complete all Core Curriculum  requirements. The following specific core curriculum courses are required.

Major Courses

Completion of major courses requires a minimum grade of C-.

Choose at least one (1) course from each of the following:


In addition to core curriculum (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology, including elective coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area. 


Core Curriculum  Requirements 40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 39-42 hrs.

Electives 34-41 hrs.


Total: 120 hrs.



Depending on various graduate programs, students may need to take other specific courses and faculty advisors will help students make appropriate decisions.