Biology (B.A.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
(239) 590-7196

2016-2017 Catalog Year

Program Admission Requirements

  • Submit an FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
  • Complete common prerequisites with a grade of C or better.
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

    1. FGCU General Education Program (

    2. Common Prerequisites
      A minimum grade of C is required in each course

      FGCU Course: BSC 1010C Gen’l Biology w/Lab I (4)
      Acceptable Substitute: (BSCX010 and BSCX010L) or BSCX010C or (BSCX040 and BSCX040L)

      FGCU Course: BSC 1011 General Biology II (3) and BSC 1011L General Biology II Laboratory (1)
      Acceptable Substitute: (BSCX011 and BSCX011L) or BSCX011C or (BSCX041 and BSCX041L)

      FGCU Course:CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
      Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX045 and CHMX045L) or CHM045C or (CHMX040 and CHMX041)

      FGCU Course: CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3) and CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
      Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX046 and CHMX046L) or CHMX046C

      FGCU Course: CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
      Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX210 and CHMX210L) or CHMX210C or (PHYX053 and PHYX053L) or (PHYX048 and PHYX048L)

      FGCU Course: CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II (3) and CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
      Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX211 and CHMX211L) or CHMX211C or (PHYX054 and PHYX054L) or (PHYX049 and PHYX049L)

      FGCU Course: MAC 2311 Calculus I (4)
      Acceptable Substitute: MACX311 or MACX233 or MACX253 or MACX281 or MACX241

      FGCU Course: MAC 2312 Calculus II (4) or STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3)
      Acceptable Substitute: MACX312 or MACX282 or MACX234 or STAX023 or STAX024 or STAX321

    3. Required Courses in the Major (20 credits)
      A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

      BSC 4910C Senior Project I: Research (2)
      BSC 4911 Sr Project II: Presentation (1)
      IDS 3300 Foundations of CivicEngagement (3)
      IDS 4910 Integrated Core Senior Seminar (3)
      ISC 3120C Scientific Process (3)
      PCB 3023C Cell Biology (4)
      PCB 3063C Genetics (4) 

    4. Restricted Electives in the Major (30 credits)
      A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

      Select one of the following:
      IDS 3143 Issues in Science & Technology (3)
      IDS 3332 Issues in Culture & Society (3)

      Select one of the following:
      PCB 3043C General Ecology (3)
      PCB 3673C Evolutionary Biology (3)
      ZOO 3713C Vertebrate Form and Function (3)

      Select 24 credits from the following:
      ANS 3440 Animal Nutrition (3)
      ANT 3586C Human Evolution (3)
      BCH 3023C Biochemistry (3)
      BCH 3025C Analytical Biochemistry (3)
      BOT 3015C The Lives of Plants and Algae (3)
      BOT 4503C Plant Physiology (3)
      BSC 1930L Seminar in Medicine I (1)
      BSC 2930L Seminar in Medicine II (1)
      BSC 3030 Biology and Society (2)
      BSC 3303 Biogeography (3)
      BSC 3367C Tropical Island Biology (3)
      BSC 4052 Conservation Biology (3)
      BSC 4422C Methods in Biotechnology (3)
      BSC 4900 Dir Ind Study/Research in Bio (1-3)***
      BSC 4930 Special Topics in Biology (3)
      BSC 4933 Current Topics in Biology (1)****
      BSC 4940 Internship in Biology (0-3)***(must be approved by dept. chair)
      CHM 2210C Organic Chemistry w/Lab I (4)**
      CHM 2211C Organic Chem w/Lab II (4)**
      EVR 4920 Current Topics Environ Studies (1)****
      MAC 2312 Calculus II (4)**
      MCB 3020C General Microbiology (4)
      MCB 3652C Environmental Microbiology (3)
      MCB 4203C Pathogenic Microbiology (3)
      MCB 4223C Food Microbiology (3)
      MCB 4502C Virology (3)
      PCB 3043C General Ecology (3)*
      PCB 3414C Behavioral Ecology (3)
      PCB 3422C Population Ecology (3)
      PCB 3673C Evolutionary Biology (3)*
      PCB 3703C Human Physiology (4)
      PCB 3723C Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
      PCB 4233C Immunology (3)
      PCB 4253C Developmental Biology (3)
      PCB 4303C Limnology (3)
      PCB 4454 Biological Statistics (3)
      PCB 4522C Molecular Genetics (3)
      PCB 4656C Molec Tech in Behavioral Biol (3)
      PCB 4674C Reptile & Amphibian Evolution (3)
      PCB 4714 Comparative Immunology (3)
      PCB 4783C Cell Membrane Physiology (3)
      PHY 2048C General Physics w/Lab I (4)** or PHY 2053C College Physics w/Lab I (4)**
      PHY 2049C General Physics w/ Lab II (4)** or PHY 2054C College Physics w/Lab II (4)**
      ZOO 3205C Invertebrate Zoology (3)
      ZOO 3713C Vertebrate Form and Function (3)*
      ZOO 3733C Human Anatomy (4)
      ZOO 4272C Ornithology (3)
      ZOO 4422C Herpetology (3)
      ZOO 4454C Ichthyology (3)
      ZOO 4480C Mammalogy (3)
      ZOO 4513C Animal Behavior (3)
      ZOO 4743C Neuroscience (3)
      ZOO 4753C Histology (3)

      * Courses taken in one elective category cannot be used to satisfy another elective category
      ** Courses taken to satisfy common prerequisites cannot be counted as an elective
      ***A maximum number of 4 credits combined from these courses can be used to fulfill the elective requirement
      ****A maximum number of 2 credits combined from these courses can be used to fulfill the elective requirement

    5. University Requirements (3 credits)
      IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

    6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 120 credit hours.
  • A minimum of 48 of the 120 credits must be at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfaction of the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfaction of the Service Learning requirement (See
  • Satisfaction of the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Completion of the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an online Application for Graduation via Gulfline by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.

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Printed on: 4/23/2017.