Course Requirements


After evaluating the entrance credentials of a student, the Department determines whether his or her first semester schedule contains Chemistry (Chm 111) or Chemistry and Biology (Bio 210). A student normally complete all degree requirements in four years. Curriculum choices are made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser.

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biology at La Salle University requires that students complete all of the general requirements of the University (Core Curriculum) and all biology major requirements. These include the following:

  1. 11 courses in biology from the 200-300-400 levels
    • 5 biology courses are required (Bio. 210, 220, 230, 412 and 413)
    • 6 biology courses are selected based on the student’s interests (Bio electives)
  2. Chemistry 111, 112, 201, 202
  3. Math 120
  4. Physics 105, 106 or Physics 170, 171 (consult your adviser regarding physics course)
  5. Writing competency in the major requirement (completed in Bio. 413)
  6. Biology portfolio

Other Information:

  • All students need a minimum of 38 courses and 120 credits to graduate.
  • GPA requirements to graduate include a minimum overall 2.0 AND a minimum of 2.0 in the major and major controlled courses (Bio, Chm, Mth, Phy).
  • Biology majors can advance to 300/400 level biology courses only after they achieve a minimum science GPA of 2.0 in the initial basic courses.
  • Biology courses at the 100-level do not fulfill requirements for the biology major.

It is possible to earn dual majors and minors. The student should address these possibilities as early in their academic career as possible. For students interested in a career in teaching, the Education Department offers a concentration in biology.

Secondary Education/Biology:

  • BIO 210, 220, 230.
  • A minimum of 4 additional BIO courses from the 300/400 levels.
  • Math 120, Physics 105-106, and Chemistry 111-112 and 201-202.
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