28-hour B.S. in Biology

Designed for students who pursue a second major in a scientific discipline (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and psychology), this degree is a popular choice among students who plan to pursue careers in the health professions.


B.S. students in biology at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.S. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.

Biology Courses

BIO 171 Unity of Life 4 credits
BIO 172 Diversity of Life 4 credits
BIO 270 Genetics and Genome Evolution 4 credits
Two courses from BIO 290 to BIO 380 6-7 credits
Two courses from BIO 420 to BIO 490
(excluding BIO 486 and BIO 489)
8 credits
Two credits from the following options: 2 credits
BIO 493 Seminar in Biology 1 credit
BIO 495 Research in Biology 1-2 credits
Total 28 credits
Additional required courses:
Two semesters of general chemistry
One semester of organic chemistry

Depending on career goals and special requirements for graduate schools and professional programs, students are advised to include courses in advanced chemistry, advanced mathematics (including calculus), computer science, physics, and statistics in their plans of study.

Biology majors are also encouraged to conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member as part of the graduation requirements, with research opportunities at many highly-recognized programs sponsored by Valparaiso University, national laboratories or other institutions.