Dec 04, 2023
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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.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- 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.
- Students must complete a minimum of 18 upper division (3000- level and above) BIOL credit hours.
- 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.
- 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
- All upper division biology courses applied to the undergraduate biology major must be completed within 10 years of graduation.
- Biology majors are advised to complete either or to fulfill the CLAS Communicative Skills requirement.
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).
Take all of the following Biology core courses:
- BIOL 2051 - General Biology I or
- BIOL 2095 - Honors General Biology I
- BIOL 2071 - General Biology Laboratory I or
- BIOL 2096 - Honors General Biology Lab I
- BIOL 2061 - General Biology II or
- BIOL 2097 - Honors General Biology II
- BIOL 2081 - General Biology Laboratory II or
- BIOL 2098 - Honors General Biology Lab II
- BIOL 3411 - Principles of Ecology
- BIOL 3611 - General Cell Biology
- BIOL 3832 - General Genetics
- BIOL 3445 - Introduction to Evolution
Take an additional 16 semester hours of upper-division biology, including:
- At least one upper division biology lab course from the following list - BIOL 3020 will not satisfy this requirement.
- BIOL 3137 , BIOL 3225 , BIOL 3244 , BIOL 3413 , BIOL 3612 , BIOL 3654 , , BIOL 4125 , BIOL 4335 , BIOL 4345 , BIOL 4640 , BIOL 4644 , BIOL 4910
- At least one 3 credit hour 4000+ biology lecture course - taken in residence from CU Denver Biology faculty (BIOL 4125 , BIOL 4840 , BIOL 4880 and BIOL 4990 do not satisfy this requirement, but can apply as biology electives).
Note: Biochemistry (CHEM 3810 or CHEM 4820 ) may be counted as biology elective hours.
Note: A maximum total of six credit hours of Individually Structured courses, including Independent Study (BIOL 3840 /4840 ), Directed Research (BIOL 4880 ) and Internship (BIOL 3939 ), may be counted toward the upper-division biology electives.
Take all of the following Ancillary Core courses:
- CHEM 2031 - General Chemistry I or
- CHEM 2081 - Honors General Chemistry I
- CHEM 2038 - General Chemistry Laboratory I or
- CHEM 2088 - Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
- CHEM 2061 - General Chemistry II or
- CHEM 2091 - Honors General Chemistry II Lecture
- CHEM 2068 - General Chemistry Laboratory II or
- CHEM 2098 - Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
- CHEM 3411 - Organic Chemistry I or
- CHEM 3481 - Honors Organic Chemistry I
Take one of the following sequences, referring to note 3 under Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations for alternative Physics lab information:
- PHYS 2311 - General Physics I: Calculus-Based
- PHYS 2331 - General Physics II: Calculus-Based
Or Sequence B
- PHYS 2010 - College Physics I
- PHYS 2020 - College Physics II
Take one of the following Ancillary Math courses or sets:
- MATH 1401 - Calculus I
- BIOL 3763 - Biostatistics or
- MATH 4830 - Applied Statistics and
- MATH 1108 - Stretch College Algebra-Part 1
- MATH 1109 - Stretch College Algebra-Part 2
- MATH 1080 - Calculus for Social Sciences and Business
- MATH 1110 - College Algebra or
- MATH 1120 - College Trigonometry or
- MATH 1130 - Precalculus Mathematics