Major Requirements

Biological Sciences Major Requirements
Biological Sciences Major Requirements

Your degree consists of a total of 120 hours distributed across:

See your advisor to help you create a graduation plan that includes biology elective courses customized to your needs and career interests.

Biological Sciences Core Requirements = 18 hours

LIFE 120 & 120L Fundamentals of Biology I and Laboratory
LIFE 121 & 121L Fundamentals of Biology II and Laboratory
BIOS 206 General Genetics
BIOS 205 Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory
BIOS 207 Ecology & Evolution

Biological Sciences Elective Requirements = 18 hours

At least 10 hours must be BIOS 300-level or above, including at least two courses must be BIOS 400-level including one ACE 10 course
BIOS 099 Assessment of the Major
Ancillary Course Requirements = 33-36 hours
Mathematics
  • MATH 106 Calculus I
  • Choose one of the following: MATH 107, CSCE 155T, or approved statistical methods course (STAT 218, STAT 380, EDPS 459, PSYC 350 or ECON 215)
Physics
  • PHYS 141 or 211 General Physics I
  • PHYS 142 or 212 General Physics II
Chemistry
  • CHEM 109 or 113 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 110 or 114 General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry (choose ONE of the following sequences)
  • CHEM 251 & 253 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 255 & 257 Biological Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
  • CHEM 261 & 263 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
Biochemistry (choose ONE of the following courses)
  • BIOC 321 Elements of Biochemistry
  • BIOC 431 Biomolecules & Metabolism

Resources


Undergraduate Catalog



Experiential Learning

Biological science majors are strongly encouraged to take summer field courses at Cedar Point Biological Station and explore other opportunities to further Build Your Career.

ACE Requirements

ACE (Achievement Centered Education) is the general education program at UNL. All students must take 10 courses which achieve the ACE outcomes of skill, knowledge, responsibility and integration. You should plan to take some of your ACE courses at the 300-level or above in order to meet 30 hours of upper level (300-level or above) courses for graduation.

College of Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements (CDR)

In addition to the ACE requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences requires you to complete five distribution requirements, including two years of foreign language. Four years of high school language will exempt you from this requirement. You should plan to take some of your ACE courses at the 300-level or above in order to meet 30 hours of upper level (300-level or above) courses for graduation.