College of Biology and Agriculture Advisement Center
380 WIDB, PO Box 25189, (801) 378-3042
Don D. Bloxham, Coordinator, BS Biology
380 WIDB, PO Box 25176, (801) 378-3044
Richard R. Tolman, Coordinator, Composite Teaching Program
591 WIDB, PO Box 25254, (801) 378-4398
Admission to Degree Program
The degree program in the Department of Biology carries special enrollment limitations. Please see the college advisement center for specific details.
BYU's College of Biology and Agriculture offers programs leading to the BS degree in biology from BYU and a DDS/DMD (dentistry), OD (optometry), or DPM (podiatry) from cooperating professional schools. Interested students declare the combined degree as their major and spend three years at BYU completing all BYU general education requirements and required degree course work. After all BYU requirements are fulfilled, these students attend dental, optometry, or podiatry school for four years. The first year of course work at the professional school is transferred back to BYU, and the BS degree in biology is granted.
Dentistry, optometry or podiatry are careers available upon completion of this degree program.
To receive a bachelor's degree a student must fill three groups of requirements: (1) general education requirements, (2) university requirements, and (3) major requirements.
General Education Requirements
Please see your college advisement center for information about general education courses you should take to dovetail with your major program.
Languages of Learning
Precollege Math (none to three courses)
(or Math ACT score of at least 22)
|First-Year Writing (one course)||3.0|
|Advanced Writing (one to four courses)||3-8.0|
(one to four courses)
Liberal Arts Core
|Biological Science (one to two courses)||3-6.0|
|Physical Science (one to two courses)||3-7.0|
|American Heritage (one to two courses)||3-6.0|
|Wellness (one to three courses)||1.5-3.0|
|History of Civilization (two courses)||6.0|
Arts and Sciences Electives
|Arts and Letters (one course)||3.0|
|Natural Sciences (one course)||3-4.0|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (one course)||3.0|
Note 1: For a complete list of courses that will fill each GE category, see the General Education section of the current class schedule.
Note 2: Additional information about general education requirements can be found in the General Education section of the current class schedule or this catalog.
Minimum University Requirements
Cumulative GPA must be at least 2.0.
Note: See the Graduation section of this catalog for more information.
Complete the major requirements listed for one of the folowing undergraduate degree programs.
Undergraduate Program and Degree
|BS||Biology (combined degree program)|
For help or information on the undergraduate programs, please see your college advisement center.
BS Biology (combined degree program) (52-55 hours*)
Zool 204, 350, 371, 372, 373, 374, 380.
Chem 105, 106, 107, 351, 352, 353 (2 hours).
Phscs 105, 106, 107, 108.
Zool 229, 329, 429.
Take DAT and apply through AADSAS.
Math 110; 112 or 119.
Take OAT and apply to schools.
Take MCAT and apply through AACPMAS.
*Hours include courses that may fulfill GE or university requirements.
Biology Composite Teaching
See Departments of Botany and Range Science, Microbiology, Zoology, or Secondary Education for information about these degree programs.
Biology Teaching Minor
See Departments of Botany and Range Science, Microbiology, or Zoology for information about this minor.
Biology Courses (Biol)
|Class Schedule||Major Academic Plan (MAP)|
100. Principles of Biology. (3:3:1) F, W, Sp, Su Honors and Independent
101. Principles of Biology Laboratory. (1:0:2) F, W, Sp, Su Prerequisite: concurrent registration in Biol 100. Required of all elementary education and early childhood education majors; enrollment limited to elementary education or early childhood education majors.
130. Introduction to Biology. (4:4:1) F, W, Sp
150. Environmental Biology. (3:3:0) W
190R. Biology and Agriculture Seminar. (1:1:0) F, W
276. Heredity and Reproduction. (3:3:0) Independent Study also. Prerequisite:
any biology course.
398R. Biology Teaching Seminar. (1-2:0:0 ea.) F, W, Sp, Su