Biology (BA)


This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology 
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Biology 
Academic Plan Code(s): BIOLBA

Program Information

There are two undergraduate degree programs offered in the Biology Department, a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. 

The BA degree is a more general degree than the BS. It is a liberal arts degree designed for those students who desire a broad education in a variety of disciplines. This degree requires more foreign language and social science and/or humanities courses than the BS degree. It is a good degree for students interested in taking a diversity of courses outside the sciences. This degree is also suitable for someone planning to be a teacher. A student planning on applying to professional schools can do so with this degree, as long as the student takes all the prerequisites for admission to the desired program.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Accelerated BA-BS/MS in Biology

Students who wish to pursue an accelerated non-thesis master's degree in Biology (BA-BS/MS) will be allowed to apply up to nine (9) hours of coursework taken for graduate credit while enrolled as an undergraduate. An additional twenty-four (24) hours of graduate coursework will constitute the minimum number of credit hours for obtaining the non-thesis masters in the accelerated program.

Early Start Program (Jointly with the College of Education and Human Development)

The Master of Arts in Teaching program in conjunction with the undergraduate programs in Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics offers a comprehensive and professionally-focused program leading to an additional degree of MAT Middle or Secondary Education. This early start program enables superior students to receive two degrees within five years. A total of 148 credits are required for the dual degrees: 121 credits of coursework devoted toward the baccalaureate degree and 36 credits toward the MAT, with nine hours double-counted. This program will be available for students who are entering their junior year. They may take graduate level courses in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) in their 4th year of study.

The current qualifications for the joint degree program have been agreed upon by discipline faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development. The criteria vary by discipline. Students enrolling in the accelerated program will be non-thesis students and must adhere to all policies pertaining to Graduate Students. All interested students must submit an application to the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) MAT program and meet the admission criteria.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Biology requires completion of BIOL 240, BIOL 242 and BIOL 244 with a grade of C or better; completion of MATH 111 with a grade of C or better OR placement into a mathematics course above the level of MATH 111 on the basis of either the University of Louisville mathematics placement examination or ACT/SAT score; and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 131
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Unity of Life - S
Diversity of Life - S
Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL
Introduction to Chemical Analysis III
General Chemistry I - S
General Chemistry II - S
Elements of Calculus - QR
Calculus I - QR

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 212
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences 39
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 4
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Biology
BIOL 240Unity of Life - S3
BIOL 242Diversity of Life - S3
BIOL 244Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL2
BIOL 329Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 330
BIOL 331
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Genetics and Molecular Biology: Laboratory
BIOL 363Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 409Evolutionary Biology - CUE3
Biology Electives 515
Supporting Courses
CHEM 201General Chemistry I - S3
CHEM 202General Chemistry II - S3
CHEM 207Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL1
CHEM 208Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL1
CHEM 209Introduction to Chemical Analysis III1
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
MATH 180Elements of Calculus - QR3-4
or MATH 205 Calculus I - QR
BIOL 350Biostatistics 63
Minimum Electives 75-6
Minimum Total Hours68

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Undergraduate Research - CUE
Undergraduate Research (WR) - CUE, WR
Evolutionary Biology - CUE
Biology of the Cell - CUE, WR
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant - CUE
Developmental Biology - CUE, WR
Microbial Physiology - CUE, WR
Biology Internship - CUE
Medicinal Plant Biochemistry - CUE, WR
Experimental Design and Analysis - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
BIOL 240 Unity of Life - S 3
MATH 180
Elements of Calculus - QR
or Calculus I - QR
Foreign Language 1 4
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
BIOL 242 Diversity of Life - S 3
BIOL 244 Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL 2
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I - S 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL 1
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Foreign Language 2 4
Year 2
BIOL 329 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
Foreign Language 3 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
BIOL 330 Genetics and Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 331 Genetics and Molecular Biology: Laboratory 2
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II - S 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Year 3
BIOL 363 Principles of Ecology 3
Biology Elective (300 level or above) 3-4
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
BIOL 350 Biostatistics 3
BIOL 409 Evolutionary Biology - CUE 3
Biology Elective (300 level or above) 3-4
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Year 4
Biology Elective - CUE 3-4
Biology Elective (300 level or above) 3-4
Humanities or Social Science WR course (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
General Elective 3
Biology Elective (300 level or above) 3-4
Humanities or Social Science WR Course (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Social Science Course (300 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 1-3
 Minimum Total Hours121-129

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Student Services tab.
  3. Next, click on "View my Academic Advisement Report" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.