Biology Core Requirements

Students are required to complete the following courses:


  • BY140 Biology I: Inheritance, Evolution & Diversity
  • BY142 Biology I Laboratory (2 credits)
  • BY160 Biology II: Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • BY162 Biology II Laboratory (2 credits)
  • BY214 Genetics
  • BY401 Professional Assessment (0 credit)

Professional Experience

Students are required to complete one of the following Professional Experience (0 credits):

  • BY405
  • BY410
  • BY495
  • BY493
  • BY499

Chemistry and Physics Courses for Biology

Students must complete the following courses:

  • CM131 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • or CM103 Structure & Bonding
  • and CM105 Chemistry Laboratory I (2 credits)
  • CM132 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • or CM104 Chemical Equilibrium & Dynamics
  • and CM106 Chemistry Laboratory II (2 credits)
  • CM241 Organic Chemistry I 
  • CM242 Organic Chemistry II 
  • CM244 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 
  • PH141 Physics for Life Sciences I (4 credits)
  • or PH131 Physics I (4 credits)
  • PH142 Physics for Life Sciences II (4 credits)
  • or PH132 Physics II (4 credits)

Mathematics and Computer Science Courses for Biology

Students must complete the following three courses:

  • MA131 Calculus I or MA132 Calculus II
  • A Statistics and Probability (STAT) course
  • Mathematics (MA) or Computer Science (CS) courses at 100-level or higher

Biology Core Electives

Lab Elective

Students must complete two biology lab courses at the 200-level or higher (excluding BY405 and BY410).

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives

Students will have at least 18 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives to satisfy the Clarkson Common Experience requirements.

Free Electives

Students will have approximately 24 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.