Dec 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology BS

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These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Major

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 General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a total of 67-69 credit hours, including a minimum of 36 BIOL credit hours and 31-33 credit hours in ancillary coursework.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 18 upper division (3000- level and above) BIOL credit hours.
  3. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 18 upper division (3000-level and above) BIOL credit hours with CU Denver faculty and at least 3 credits must be at 4000-level.

Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations

  1. All upper division biology courses applied to the undergraduate biology major must be completed within 10 years of graduation.
  2. Biology majors are advised to complete either ​  or   to fulfill the CLAS Communicative Skills requirement.
  3. Intro Experimental Physics labs I and II (PHYS 2321 and PHYS 2341) are specifically designed for students in non-Physics majors and can be paired with either College Physics (PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2020) or General Physics (PHYS 2311 and PHYS 2331) lectures. Students pursuing a second major in Physics should complete General Physics lectures (PHYS 2311 and PHYS 2331)  and Applied Physics Labs (PHYS 2351 and PHYS 2361).

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