32-hour B.S. in Biology

This degree offers a solid foundation in biology to students with a broad range of interests. Students pursuing this degree must declare one of the following:

  • A second major in a non-science discipline;
  • The 32-credit complementary major in environmental science;
  • A disciplinary science minor (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and psychology); or
  • A minor in fundamentals of business, business administration, applied statistics, engineering, or geographic information systems.


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 students to global cultures and traditions.

Biology Courses

BIO 171Unity of Life4 credits
BIO 172Diversity of Life4 credits
BIO 270Genetics and Genome Evolution4 credits
Two courses from BIO 290 to BIO 3806-7 credits
Two courses from BIO 420 to BIO 490 (excluding BIO 486 and BIO 489)8 credits
Two credits from the following options:   

  • BIO 493 Seminar in Biology
  • BIO 495 Research in Biology
2 credits
Four credits from BIO 290 to BIO 498 4 credits
TOTAL32 credits
Additional Required Courses:
Two semesters of general chemistry
One semester of organic chemistry

Recommended Courses

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 national laboratories or other institutions.