Oct 14, 2019
Revised Program, effective Fall 2014
Majors should start with BIO 110 followed by BIO 120 in their freshman year. Chemistry courses should also be started in the freshman year in order to fulfill the requirements for the 300- and 400- level biology courses. The core biology lectures and laboratories should be completed no later than the end of the junior year. Since BIO 301 is a pre- or co-requisite for both BIO 305 and BIO 315 , it should be completed as soon as possible to avoid any delay in graduation. The 15 semester hours of electives allow a student to specialize or to take a variety of biology courses. Although some electives can be taken as early as the sophomore year, most will be taken in the junior and senior years. Students are strongly advised to elect the remaining core course as one of the electives.
Biology Department - College of Arts & Sciences
Daniel Clemans, Ph.D., Department Head (I)
316 Mark Jefferson
Students are strongly encouraged to make annual appointments with a departmental advisor by contacting:
Biology Department Office - (734) 487-4242
A faculty advisor will help you determine which courses to take and in what sequence, to make sure that you satisfy your degree requirements as efficiently as possible. If you have not already seen a Biology faculty advisor, you should make an appointment as soon as possible, and schedule yearly appointments thereafter.
For a list faculty advisors for specific interest areas, please follow this link.
Major Requirements: 63-65
Required Foundation Courses: 13 hours
Please Note: Effective Winter 2015, BIO 110 was split into separate lecture (BIO 110) and lab (BIO 111) courses and BIO 120 was split into separate lecture (BIO 120) and lab (BIO 121) courses
Biology Core Courses: 6 hours
Two courses from the following:
Biology Core Labs: 3 hours
One course from the following:
Restricted Electives: 14 hours
Choose an additional 14 semester hours from the list below. At least one course must be at the 400 level.
Select either option l or option ll:
One course from the following:
Math: 3-4 hours
One course from the following:
This program requires a minor. Please contact your program advisor for a list of possible minors.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
- Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Options are BIO 306W and BIO 311W .
- Students who plan to pursue graduate work in biology or who are in a pre-professional program should select Option I: CHEM 371 /372 /373 Organic Chemistry I-II with lab.
- No more than 6 credit hours total of BIO 387 - Cooperative Education in Biology and BIO 497 / BIO 498 / BIO 499 can be counted toward the major.
- Any Biology Core Course or Biology Core Lab can be counted either toward the Core Course/Core Lab requirements or toward the Restricted Elective requirement but not both.
Critical Graduation Information:
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (WI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:
EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.
University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.