Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Biology with a concentration in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental 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
Goal 2.2 Oral Communication3MATH 115 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, General Science Requirement)33
BIOL 105 (General Science Requirement)11CHEM 135 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy or Goal 3 Natural Science, 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
MATH 116 (General Science Requirement)33Goal 3 Humanities3
CHEM 330 (Goal 3 Natural Science, General Science Requirement)53CHEM 335 (General Science Requirement)4,53
CHEM 331 (General Science Requirement)2BIOL 412 (Major Requirement)44
BIOL 350 (Major Requirement)4BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)63
Elective (Total Hours)3 
 15 13
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
PHSX 114 or 211 and 216 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking or Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning or Goal 3 Natural Science, General Science Requirement)4PHSX 115 or 212 and 236 (General Science Requirement)3
BIOL 416 (Major Requirement)43BIOL 405 or 426 (Major Requirement)63
BIOL 600 (Major Requirement)3BIOL 417 (Major Requirement)43
Elective (Total Hours)3BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)73
 16 15
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
BIOL 570, MATH 365, or PSYC 210 (General Science Requirement)43-4BIOL 599 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)1
BIOL 435 (Major Requirement)43BIOL 650 or 672 ( or BIOL Elective 400+ Major Requirement)7,83
BIOL 688 (or BIOL Elective 400+ Major Requirement)7,83BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)63
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 Elective (Total Hours)3
 15-16 16
Total Hours: 121-122

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 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.


BIOL 416, BIOL 435, and BIOL 570 are Fall only courses.  CHEM 135, CHEM 335, BIOL 412, and BIOL 417 are Spring only courses.


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


Choose BIOL 405 or BIOL 426. BIOL 405 normally is offered in the fall and spring. BIOL 426 is offered only in the spring.


12 credit hours of BIOL courses at 400+ level, with no more than 3 h of BIOL 423 and/or BIOL 424 (combined) applied toward the elective requirement.


Choose BIOL 650, BIOL 672, or BIOL 688. BIOL 650 and BIOL 672 normally are offered only in the spring. BIOL 688 is offered only in the fall. 

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.  However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed.  Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.