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Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Biology with a concentration in Teaching 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.

Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required)3
BIOL 105 (General Science Requirement)11MATH 116 (General Science Requirement)33
MATH 115 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, General Science Requirement)33CHEM 135 (General Science Requirement)75
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)24LA&S 291 (Education Requirement)1
LA&S 290 (Education Requirement)1 
 17 16
Goal 2.2 Oral Communication3Goal 3 Humanities3
CHEM 310 or 330 (General Science Requirement)4,73PHSX 114 or 211 and 216 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking or Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning or Goal 3 Natural Science, General Science Requirement)4
CHEM 331 (General Science Requirement)2BIOL 412 (Major Requirement)74
BIOL 350 (Major Requirement)4C&T 366 (Education Requirement)3
C&T 360 (Education Requirement)3 
 15 14
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
PHSX 115 or 212 and 236 (General Science Requirement)4BIOL 598 (Major Requirement)3
BIOL 416 (Major Requirement)73BIOL Selective 400+ (Major Requirement)53
C&T 448 (Education Requirement)3BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)63
BIOL Selective 400+ (Major Requirement)53BIOL Elective Lab 400+ (Major Requirement)62
 16 14
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
BIOL 414 (Major Requirement)73BIOL 599 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)1
BIOL Elective Lab 400+ (Major Requirement)62C&T 500 (Education Requirement)6
C&T 460 (Education Requirement)3C&T 598 (Education Requirement)1
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 14 14
Total Hours: 120

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.


Concurrent or prior enrollment in CHEM 130 is required.


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


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


Biology major selective: choose one course (3 h) from BIOL 413 (fall) and BIOL 428 (spring), AND choose one course (3 h) from BIOL 400 (fall), BIOL 408 (spring), and BIOL 600 (fall).


Seven credit hours of BIOL courses at 400+ level, including at least 4 h of lab credit. No more than 3 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, with no more than 2 h of BIOL 424 applied towards lab requirement.


CHEM 310, BIOL 416, and BIOL 414 are Fall only courses.
CHEM 135 and BIOL 412 are Spring only courses.

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.