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Biology - Basic Medical Sciences Plan A

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Biology - Basic Medical Sciences Plan A (120 Credits)

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Biology must fulfill the University and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements for graduation as described in the WSU general catalog. Admission to the major requires completion of 24 semester credits and 2.0 GPA.

Honors students complete honors requirements in place of UCORE requirements. The math and science components of those requirements are fulfilled as part of the School requirements described below. Other University requirements include: 120 total credits, of which 40 must be 300-400-level credits; the writing portfolio; and two writing in the major courses (identified by [M] in the course listings). The College of Arts and Sciences requires two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language. Bachelor of Science degree options in Biology and Zoology require a minimum of 19 semester credits of core BIOLOGY courses (BIOLOGY 106, 107, 301, 370 [M] or 372 [M], and 395 or 403 or 405). An additional 21 semester credits of biological sciences coursework selected in consultation with your biology advisor is required. The 21 semester credits must include 15 upper division credits, six of which must be BIOLOGY courses taken in residence at WSU, one additional BIOLOGY writing in the major course (identified by [M] in the course listings), and one BIOLOGY Capstone course (identified by the [CAPS] in the course listings. An overall GPA of at least 2.0 must be maintained in all College and School requirements. A maximum of 4 credits of coursework that are graded S, F may be used toward fulfilling School requirements or program options, and no other courses taken S or P can be applied toward fulfilling School requirements or program options. Students must complete an exit survey. Students may not double major or take a minor in any combination of Biology, Zoology, or General Studies Biological Sciences.
First Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
Second TermCredits
CHEM 1064
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]14
Second Year
First TermCredits
CHEM 3454
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Foreign Language, if needed, or Electives24
Second TermCredits
CHEM 3483
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Foreign Language, if needed , and/or Electives29
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
MBIOS 303 or CHEM 3704 or 3
Electives23 or 4
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
PHIL 365 [HUM]3
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Degree Program Elective42-4
Degree Program Elective [M]43
300-400-level Electives6
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY Capstone [CAPS]3
Degree Program Elective [M]43
300-400-level Electives6

1MATH 106 may be taken the first semester as a prerequisite to other MATH courses and as a co-requisite to CHEM 105. MATH 108 may also be needed. In addition to either MATH 140 or 171, a statistics course is highly recommended, and for some programs, required.
2Students are encouraged to pursue a minor in other areas of more in-depth science minor.
3An elective may be substituted for PHYSICS 101/111 and 102/112 if it is not required for entrance to a graduate or professional program.
4Degree Program Electives (8 credits required): Approved courses are BIOLOGY 315, 321 [M], 324, 350, 352, 353, 393 [M], one from 395 or 403 or 405, 418 [M]; MBIOS 304, 305, 401, 413, 414, 423, 440, 442, 446; NEUROSCI 301, 403 [M], 404, and 430 [M].

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