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Biology - General Option

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Biology - General Option (120 Credits)

First Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CHEM 105 [PSCI]14
Second TermCredits
CHEM 1064
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]14
Second Year
First TermCredits
CHEM 3454
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Humanities [HUM]3
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 372 [M]4
CHEM 370 or MBIOS 3033 or 4
PHYSICS 101 or 2014
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
PHYSICS 102 or 2024
Foreign Language, if needed, or Electives2 4
Program Option Courses or Electives35 or 6
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
BIOLOGY 403 or 4053
Foreign Language, if needed, or Electives23 or 4
Program Option Courses or Electives36
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 352 or MBIOS 401 3
Program Option Courses or Electives313
Second TermCredits
STAT 212, 412, or PSYCH 3113 or 4
Program Option Courses or Electives310
Complete School of Biological Sciences Exit Survey

1MATH 106 may be taken as a pre-/co-requisite to CHEM 105 and other MATH courses. MATH 108 may also be needed.
2Two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language are required by the College of Arts and Sciences for graduation.
3Biology General Program option courses should be selected in consultation with a biology advisor and include coursework to fulfill the University requirement of 40 upper division credits. All biology majors must complete 21 semester credits of biological coursework including 15 upper-division credits, 6 of which must be a BIOLOGY subject (prefix) taken in residence at WSU. Approved courses include 200-400-level BIOLOGY courses except those used to fulfill core requirements (BIOLOGY 106. 107, 301, 372, 403 or 405, BIOLOGY [CAPS] or HONORS 450), and any courses approved by advisor. A maximum of 4 credits of coursework graded S/F may be used toward fulfilling departmental requirements or program options and must be approved by advisor. Coursework must include a total of two BIOLOGY [M] courses.
4Students in Honors College complete HONORS 450 in lieu of a BIOLOGY [CAPS] course.

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