The general time-frame in which BB courses are taken by students in the major is as follows:

Major Core Courses

Introduction to BB Research (BB 111) (Freshman)

General Chemistry (CH 231/261, 232/262, 233/263) (Freshman)

Calculus (MTH 251, 252, 254) (Freshman / Sophomore)

Introduction to Biology (BI 211, 212, 213) (Freshman/Sophomore)

*Cell and Molecular Biology (BI 314) (Sophomore/Junior)

Organic Chemistry (CH 334, 335, 336) (Sophomore)

Experimental Chemistry (CH 361, 362) (Sophomore / Junior)

General Physics (PH 211, 212, 213) (Sophomore)

Calculus (MTH 256, or 253, or 306) (Freshman / Sophomore / Junior)

Scientific Theory and Practice (BB 317) (Sophomore / Junior)

Biochemistry (BB 490, 491, 492) (Junior)

Genetics (BI 311) (Sophomore / Junior)

Physical Chemistry (CH 440, 441, 442) (Junior)

Biochemistry Laboratory (BB 493 / 497, 494 / 496) (Junior / Senior)

Biophysics (BB 481, 482, 483) (Senior)

Baccalaureate Core

English Composition (WR 121) (Freshman)

Writing II (Sophomore)

Speech (Freshman)

Fitness (HHS 231 AND one PAC class or HHS 241 or MS 130) (Freshman)

All other Baccalaureate Core courses are taken as students choose and as they have time in their schedules. One exception - Synthesis courses should not be taken before sophomore year.


Cultural Diversity

Literature & Arts

Western Culture

Social Processes and Institutions

Difference, Power, Discrimination


Contemporary Global Issues

Science Technology and Society

*BI 314 is not formally required for a B.S. degree in BB, but is highly recommended. All Pre-med students should plan to take BI 314.

Electives may be taken to help focus a student's particular interest. Seniors can elect to take graduate courses numbered 500 and above with their advisor's approval.

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