Your degree consists of a total of 120 hours distributed across:
Biological Sciences Core Requirements = 18 hoursLIFE 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 hoursAt 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
- Only 8 hours of cross-listed courses with a home department other than Biological Sciences can be applied to the major.
- Courses taken 'pass/no pass' cannot count toward the major except for BIOS 310. See the Catalog for additional courses that do not count toward the major.
- Research for Credit Limitations: BIOS 296 (maximum of 3 credit hours); BIOS 399H (maximum of 4 credit hours); BIOS 498 (maximum of 4 credit hours)
Ancillary Course Requirements = 33-36 hoursMathematics
- 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)
- PHYS 141 or 211 General Physics I
- PHYS 142 or 212 General Physics II
- CHEM 109 or 113 General Chemistry I
- CHEM 110 or 114 General Chemistry II
- CHEM 251 & 253 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
- CHEM 255 & 257 Biological Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
- CHEM 261 & 263 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
- BIOC 321 Elements of Biochemistry
- BIOC 431 Biomolecules & Metabolism
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 (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.
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.