Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology

Degree Requirements

The degree requirements for the B.S. in Biology includes 120 credits with a GPA of at least 2.0. 30 of the last 60 credits must be completed at IU Kokomo. In addition to courses required for the campus-wide general education curriculum, students must takes courses in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and informatics. The following courses must be taken and appropriate prerequisites must be met as listed in the Academic Bulletin. Completion of this degree will meet the basic admission requirements for the IU School of Medicine M.D. program. 


Communication Skills and Information Literacy (9 cr)

ENG-W131 Elementary Composition I

ENG-W132 Elementary Composition II

SPCH-S121 Public Speaking


Quantitative Literacy

Satisfied by the Mathematics and Informatics courses for the major


Critical Thinking (3 cr)

Satisfied by the major                                                            


Cultural Diversity (3 cr)

 See your academic advisor for qualifying course choices.                                           


Ethics and Civic Engagement (3 cr)

One course from the list:                                                       

PHIL-P100 Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL-P140 Introduction to Ethics, PHIL-P383 Topics in Philosophy, HPER-P402 Ethics in Sports                                       


Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 cr)

(One course from each group)

Sociology & Psychology                                                                                

SOC-S100 Introduction to Sociology, SOC-S101 Social Problems & Policies, PSY-P103 General Psychology, PSY-P216 Life Span Developmental Psych             

Political Science, History and Economics*                           

POLS-Y103 Intro to American Politics, POLS-Y217 Introduction to Comparative Politics, POLS-Y219 Intro to Intl Relations, HIST-H105 American History I, HIST-H106 American History II, HIST-H113 History of Western Civilization I, HIST-H114 History of Western Civilization II                                       


Humanities and Arts (6 cr)

(One course from each group)

Fine, Performing and Communication Arts:              

FINA-A101, FINA-A102, FINA-A108, FINA-F100, FINA-S200, HUMA-U101, HUMA-U102, HUMA-U103, HUMA-U305, MUS-M174, MUS-Z201, MUS-X001, MUS-X040, THTR-T120, ENG-W203                                                                                  

Literature and Philosophy:                                                     

Any PHIL course except PHIL-P150, any ENG-L or ENG-E, SPAN-S360 Introduction to Spanish Literature     


Physical and Life Sciences (8 cr)

Satisfied by the major



Biology Courses (at least 45 cr)

Required courses by all majors (25cr)

SSCI-S105 Freshman Seminar in Natural & Mathematical Sciences (1 cr)

BIOL-L105 Introduction to Biology (5 cr)

BIOL-L211 Introduction to Molecular Biology ‡ (3 cr)

BIOL-L213 Molecular Biology Lab ‡  (2 cr)

BIOL-L203 Evolution & Diversity of Live ‡ (3 cr)

BIOL-L367 Cell Physiology ‡ (3 cr)

OR MICR-M310 Microbiology ‡                   

BIOL-L364 Principles of Genetics ‡   (3 cr)

BIOL-L490 Individual Study ‡ (3 cr)

BIOL-L403 Biology Seminar ‡ (3 cr)

An additional minimum of 20 credits of biology electives (at the 300/400-level) is required with at least one course from each of the concentrations below. Courses with labs count as one. At least two courses with a lab (5 cr) must be selected.

Life Science Concentration: BIOL-L 321 (3 cr), BIOL-L 329 (5 cr), MICR-M 310 (3 cr)/315 (2 cr), BIOL-L 498 (3 cr), BIOL-L 367 (3 cr)

Ecology and Organismal Biology Concentration: ZOOL-Z 315 (lecture and lab, 5 cr), PHSL-P 416 (3 cr)/418 (2 cr), BIOL-L 345 (3 cr), BIOL-L 391 (3 cr), BIOL-L 473 (3 cr)/474 (2 cr), BIOL-L379 (3 cr), BIOL-L377 (3 cr)

Elective courses to complete at least 45 cr. of biology

ZOOL-Z 315 Developmental Biology (5 cr) ‡ (5 cr)

BIOL-L367 Cell Physiology‡ (3 cr)

PHSL-P416 Comparative Animal Physiology ‡ (3 cr)

PHSL-P418 Comparative Animal Physiology Lab ‡ (2 cr)

BIOL-L321 Immunology ‡ (3 cr)

BIOL-L391 Natural History of Dinosaurs ‡ (3 cr)

BIOL-L345 Vertebrate Biology ‡ (3 cr)

MICR-M310 Microbiology ‡ (3 cr)

MICR-M315 Microbiology Lab ‡ (2 cr)

BIOL-L329 Biochem 1: Proteins & Enzymes ‡ (5 cr)

BIOL-L336 Evolutionary Medicine (3 cr)

BIOL-L377 Biology of Amhibans & Reptiles (3 cr)

BIOL-L379 Principles of Ornithology (3 cr)

BIOL-L473 Ecology ‡ (3 cr)

BIOL-L474 Laboratory in Ecology ‡ (2 cr)

BIOL-L498 Internship in Professional Practice (3 cr)

Chemistry Courses (20 cr)

CHEM-C105/125 General Chemistry I/Lab (5 cr)

CHEM-C106/126 General Chemistry II/Lab ‡ (5 cr)

CHEM-C341/343 Organic Chemistry I/Lab ‡ (5 cr)

CHEM-C342/344 Organic Chemistry II/Lab ‡ (5 cr)

Physics Courses (10 cr)

PHYS-P201 General Physics I ‡ (5 cr)

PHYS-P202 General Physics II ‡ (5 cr)


PHYS-P221 General Physics I ‡ (5 cr)

PHYS-P222 General Physics II ‡ (5 cr)

Mathematics and Informatics Courses (12 cr)

MATH-M215 Calculus ‡ (5 cr)

MATH-K310 Statistical Techniques ‡ (3 cr)

INFO-I101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr)