New Curriculum (2015-2016 bulletin)

Biology Core
The following courses must be taken by biology majors:
BIOL 151 Introduction to Biological Science I (3 credits)
BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I (1 credit)
BIOL152 Introduction to Biological Science II (3 credits)
BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II (1 credit)
BIOL 200 Quantitative Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 300 Cell and Molecular Biology (equivalent to BIOL 218 Cell Biology) (3 credits)
BIOL 310 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 317 Ecology (3 credits)
BIOL 318 Evolution (3 credits)

A “C” grade or better is required in BIOL 151, 152, BIOZ 151, 152, BIOL 200, 300, 310, 317 and 318 to successfully complete the B.S. in Biology.

Senior Capstone requirement (choose one)
BIOL 475 Biology Capstone Seminar
BIOZ 476 Biology Capstone Laboratory
BIOL 477 Biology Capstone Experience

The following courses qualify as a capstone experience if taken as a co-requisite with BIOL 477:
BIOL 492 Independent Study
BIOL 493 Biology Internship
BIOL 495 Research and Thesis
BIOL 497 Ecological Service Learning
Others as approved by the department

Laboratory requirement
At least five laboratory courses must be taken from all biology
courses; one of these may be BIOL 492 Independent Study or BIOL 495 Research and Thesis. Registration in BIOL 492 or 495 must be for a minimum of two credit hours in order to count as one of the six
required laboratory courses. To fulfill the five laboratory courses requirement, students must complete BIOZ 151 and BIOZ 152 and a minimum of three upper-level labs.

Biology electives
Elective Biology courses at the 300 – 500 levels must be taken to achieve at least 40 total credits in biology. See the VCU Courses database for a list of biology courses. (Note: Biology Laboratory courses require a separate search.) CHEM 403 and LFSC 301 can also be counted towards the major.

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**If you are currently a biology major following the old curriculum requirements but would like to switch to the new curriculum, please go here for more information.

Everything you need to know about studying a BS in Biology at VCU