Biology (BS) - Senior Thesis Concentration

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
Major Requirements40
Biology Core
C or better is required for these six courses:
A. Complete the following:
BLY 121
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
BLY 122
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
B. Complete the following:
BLY 300Ecology3
BLY 301Cell Biology3
BLY 302Genetics3
BLY 305Introduction to Evolution3
C. Students then must complete 20 hours of upper level Biology courses20
Other STEM Requirements
See list below
Minor Requirements
A minor is required for this degree program18-24

All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one must be in major or minor.

Other STEM Requirements

CH 131
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CH 132
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CH 201
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
Select one of the following Options:8-10
Option 1
Physics with Algebra-Trig I
and Alg-Trig Based Physics I Lab
Physics with Algebra -Trig II
and Alg-Trig Based Physics II Lab
Option 2
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Earth History
and Earth History Lab
Select one of the following Options:4-7
Option 1
Precalculus Trigonometry
Precal Algebra-Trigonometry
Stat Reason and Application
Exp. Designs in Biology
Option 2
Calculus I
Total Hours24-29


Effective for Fall, 2016, Major Milestones are used in all concentrations of the Biology Bachelor of Science major to help students stay on track for timely graduation. Each regular semester in the Biology major is a tracking term. In order to remain on track, students must complete the milestone requirements for each tracking term. These requirements are viewable on the Major Milestone tab above.

Major milestone requirements apply only to full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2016 or later. Milestone requirements do not apply to transfer students in the Biology program.

Additional Information

The Biology Senior Thesis Program offers bright, academically motivated undergraduate students the opportunity to develop research and communication skills in preparation for a graduate or professional career. To apply for admission into the program, a student must:

  1. have completed BLY 121, BLY 121L, BLY 122, BLY 122L, CH 131, CH 132, plus one more upper division biology course.
  2. have earned a 3.25 GPA or better in biology courses attempted.
  3. have earned a 3.0 GPA or better overall.
  4. obtain a recommendation from a faculty member.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the standard biology program, senior thesis students must:

  1. participate in the Undergraduate Senior Thesis in Biology program for three terms; this may include summer terms.
  2. complete a minimum of six credits of directed research, three credits of which must be Honors Research in Biology (BLY 499).
  3. complete a research prospectus including an introduction, proposed methods, and relevant literature citations. The prospectus must be submitted and approved by their advisory committee during the first term of participation in the program.
  4. complete a written thesis, which must be approved by the advisory committee.
  5. present a public oral defense of the research project.
  6. complete a poster presentation at the USA Annual Research Forum or the UCUR Annual Research Forum.

Students participating in the Biology Senior Thesis Program who have a 3.5 GPA will also be eligible for Departmental Honors status.

Biology students who are part of the University Honors College will meet requirements for the Undergraduate Biology Senior Thesis as well as those of the University's program.