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  • Biology, Bachelor of Arts

    The online biology major prepares undergraduates for careers in the biological sciences, advanced study in graduate schools, productive citizenship, and leadership and lifelong learning. The program is comprehensive and flexible, emphasizing the diverse forms, processes, and systems of life. Students in the program complete required and elective courses that promote critical thinking through the investigation and understanding of principles and unifying themes that govern living systems. The biology major offers a broader approach to biology than is available through a major in botany, zoology, or other specialized biological sciences majors.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    The biology major develops fundamental knowledge of animals, plants, and microorganisms. The Bachelor of Arts in biology is a flexible degree that is best suited for students interested in a career in education, the allied health professions, and interdisciplinary fields such as environmental or biotechnology law, science journalism, and bioscience management. This degree is not recommended for students seeking admission into professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine. Please contact an academic advisor for more information.

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    Coursework for the Major

    All coursework for the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

    Required Foundation Coursework

    • General Biology: BSC 2010/2010L and BSC 2011/2011L, 8 credits
    • Chemistry: CHM 1030 and 1031, 6 credits -or-
      CHM 2045/2045L and CHM 2046/2046L, 8 credits
    • Mathematics: MAC 1147, 4 credits -or- MAC 1114 and MAC 1140, 5 credits -or- higher math course
    • Physics: PHY 2004/2004L and PHY 2005/2005L, 8 credits -or-
      PHY2048/2048L and PHY2049/2049L, 8 credits -or-
      PHY 2053/2053L and PHY 2054/2054L, 10 credits
    • Statistics: STA 2023, 3 credits

    Required Core Coursework

    This major requires a minimum of 30 credits in core courses. Any additional credits remaining after completion of the required core coursework must be met by taking courses from the approved B.A. electives in the biological sciences.

    • Biology Distribution Courses - Complete at least one course from three of these four groups:
      • Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology and Genetics: AGR 3303, BCH 3023 *, PCB 3023, PCB 3063, PCB 3134, PCB 4522 or PCB 4553, 3-4 credits
      • Organismal Biology: BOT 3503 and 3503L *, BSC 3096, MCB 2000 and MCB 2000L, MCB 3020 and 3020L *, PCB 3134 *, PCB 3713C *, PCB 4712 *, PCB 4723C *, ZOO 3603C or ZOO 3713C, 3-5 credits
      • Ecology: BSC 3307C, PCB 3601C or PCB 4043C, 3-4 credits
      • Evolution and Diversity: BOT 2011C, BOT 2710C, BOT 3151C, PCB 4674 *, ZOO 3513C, ZOO 4205C or ZOO 4307C, 3-4 credits
    • B.A. Electives: 15 credits minimum of additional biology distribution courses or approved additional biological science courses
    • Capstone: BSC 4936 Critical Analysis of Biological Research, 2 credits

    * Course has specific prerequisites; students should consult the course description when planning their programs to ensure they may select this course.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete one of the following: BSC 2010/2010L; or CHM 1025 or CHM 1030 or CHM 2045/2045L; or MAC 1147 or equivalent or higher math course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete CHM 1030 or CHM 2045/2045L and one of the following: BSC 2010/2010L or MAC 1147 or equivalent or higher MAC course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete BSC 2010/2010L and MAC 1147 or equivalent or higher MAC course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete CHM 1031 or CHM 2046/2046L; BSC 2011/2011L; and MAC 1147 or equivalent or higher MAC course with a 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete at least one biology distribution course
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 1030 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications 1, 3 credits
    OR

    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit, (GE-P)
    3-4
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C
    3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 1031 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications 2, 3 credits
    OR

    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    3-4
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Elective 4
    Total 16-17
    Semester 3 Credits
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B
    4
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Foreign Language 5
    Elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Foreign Language 5
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit
    OR

    PHY 2053 Physics 1, 4 credits, and
    PHY 2053L Laboratory for Physics 1, 1 credit
    4-5
    Biology distribution courses, two 6
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    ​3
    ​Elective ​3
    Total 16-17
    Semester 6 Credits
    PHY 2005 Applied Physics 2, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2005L Laboratory for Applied Physics 2, 1 credit
    OR

    PHY 2054 Physics 2, 4 credits, and
    PHY 2054L Laboratory for Physics 2, 1 credit
    4-5
    Humanities
    GE-H
    3
    Biology distribution course 3
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    ​Elective ​3
    Total 16-17
    Semester 7 Credits
    Biology electives 9
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    ​BSC 4936 Critical Analysis of Biological Research ​2
    Biology electives 6
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total 14
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    B.A. Electives in the Biological Sciences

    Course Credits Prerequisites and Requirements
    ANT 3515 Human Evolutionary Anatomy 3 Prereq: ANT 3514C, BSC2010/2011, or PCB 4674



    ANT 3520 Skeleton Keys: Forensic Identification 3 Prereq: None
    APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with lab 4 Prereq: None
    ​ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology and Laboratory 2 + 1​ Lecture and lab must be completed together​
    ENY 3007C Life Science 3 Prereq: None
    ENY 4660 and 4660L Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Laboratory 2 + 1 Prereq: ENY 3005 and 3005L; Lecture and lab must be completed together
    NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology 3 Prereq: None
    PCB 3023 Essential Cell Biology 3

    Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L with minimum grades of C

    Cannot be counted as both an elective and a Biology Distribution Course

    PCB 3063 Genetics 4

    Prereq: BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L, or equivalent, with minimum grades of C and general chemistry

    Cannot be counted as both an elective and a Biology Distribution Course

    PCB 4043C General Ecology 4

    Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L with minimum grades of C

    Cannot be counted as both an elective and a Biology Distribution Course

    PCB 4674 Evolution 4

    Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L with minimum grades of C

    Cannot be counted as both an elective and a Biology Distribution Course

    PCB 4723C Physiology and Molecular Biology of Animals 5

    Prereq: BSC 2011 and (CHM 2046 or CHM 2047) and (PHY 2048 or PHY 2053 or PHY 2060), all with minimum grades of C; PCB 3063 and PCB 4674 are also recommended

    Cannot be counted as both an elective and a Biology Distribution Course

    ZOO 3713C Functional Vertebrate Anatomy 4

    Prereq: BSC 2011 and 2011L with minimum grades of C

    Cannot be counted as both an elective and a Biology Distribution Course

    ZOO 4232 Human Parasitology 3

    Prereq: BSC 2010 and 2010L

    Cannot be counted as both an elective and a Biology Distribution Course

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