Why study biology?

Study biology because undergraduates should have the opportunity to explore the breadth of biology that allows them to succeed in their chosen paths beyond the university.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website

This degree plan assumes students will have the equivalent of MATH 101 or MATH 104 prior to the freshman year, fall semester.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required)3
Goal 2.2. Oral Communication3MATH 115 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, General Science Requirement)33
BIOL 105 (General Science Requirement)11CHEM 135 (General Science Requirement)45
CHEM 130 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy or Goal 3 Natural Science, General Science Requirement)5BIOL 152 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)4
BIOL 150 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)24 
 16 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 3 Humanities3
MATH 116 (General Science Requirement)33PHSX 114 or 211 and 216 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, or Goal 3 Natural Science, General Science Requirement)4
CHEM 310 or 330 (General Science Requirement)4,53BIOL 408 (Major Requirement)43
BIOL 350 (Major Requirement)4BIOL 412 (Major Requirement)44
Elective (Total Hours)3 
 16 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
PHSX 115 or 212 and 236 (General Science Requirement)4BIOL 600 (General Science Requirement)3
BIOL 414 (Major Requirement)43BIOL 428 (or BIOL 413 in the Fall, Major Requirement option)4,63
BIOL 570 (Major Requirement)44BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)73
Elective (Total Hours)3BIOL Elective Lab 400+ (Major Requirement)72
 17 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3BIOL 599 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)1
BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)73BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)73
BIOL Elective Lab 400+ (Major Requirement)72BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)73
Elective (Total Hours)3BIOL Elective Seminar/Topics 400+ (Major Requirement)72
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)2
(BIOL 413 if BIOL 428 was not taken previous Spring, Major Requirement option, 3 hours) Elective (Total Hours)3
 14 14
Total Hours: 120
1

BIOL 105: Biology Orientation Seminar (1 hour online course) is required for the major. It can be taken the summer prior to your freshman year.

2

Concurrent or prior enrollment in CHEM 130 is required.

3

Requires a Math ACT score of 26+, a comparable SAT or KU Math Placement Exam score, or credit for a MATH 101 or MATH 104 equivalent course. MATH 121 or MATH 125 can be taken instead of MATH 115 + MATH 116 to fulfill the BS Biology math requirement.

4

CHEM 135, BIOL 408, BIOL 412, and BIOL 428 are Spring only courses.  CHEM 310, BIOL 413, BIOL 414, and BIOL 570 are Fall only courses.

5

Most medical schools require the full CHEM 330, CHEM 331, CHEM 335, and CHEM 336 sequence.

6

Select either BIOL 413 (Fall) or BIOL 428 (Spring).

7

18 credit hours of BIOL courses at 400+ level, including at least 4 h of lab credit and 2 h of seminar/topics course credit (BIOL 419, BIOL 420, BIOL 499, BIOL 701). No more than 5 h of BIOL 423 and/or BIOL 424 can be applied towards elective requirement, with no more than 2 h of BIOL 424 applied towards lab requirement.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal.