The biological sciences major lives at the leading edge of science, using the latest technology to explore molecular medicine, ecology and the environment, genetic regulation of plant and animal development, microbial physiology, and cell dynamics and motility.

Do something rare.

All Marquette biological sciences majors take at least three courses taught entirely in the lab by a professor, not teaching assistants — an opportunity few national research universities give their undergraduate biology majors.

Conduct independent research.

As an undergraduate biology major, you'll have the opportunity to work in a research lab — on your own projects — under the guidance of your faculty mentor. And you can also present your findings at regional or national conferences.

Tailor electives to your goals.

One of the strengths of the biological sciences major is its flexibility. Concentrate on the body by taking courses from molecular biology to system physiology or take a different approach by studying ecology, plant biology and microbiology.

 

 

SUGGESTED CURRICULUM

Freshman

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.
BIOL 1001
CHEM 1001
ENGL 1001
Foreign Language
Social-Behavior Science
3
4
3
3-4
3
BIOL 1002
CHEM 1002
ENGL 1002
Foreign Language
MATH 1410 or 1450*
3
4
3
3-4
3-4
  16-17   16-18

 

 

Sophomore

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.
BIOL 2301
CHEM 2111 or 2113
PHIL 1001
Literature
MATH/Computer elective*
3
4
3
3
3-4
BIOL 2201
CHEM 2112 or 2114
HIST 1001 or 1002
Literature
THEO 1001
3
4
3
3
3
  16-17   16

 

 

Junior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.
Biological Sci. elective or laboratory course**
PHYS 1001 or 1003
PHIL 2310
Elective
6-7
4
3
3


Biological Sci. elective or laboratory course**
PHYS 1002 or 1004
History/Social-Behavior Science
Elective

6-7
4
3
3
  16-17   16-17
 

Senior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Semester Sem. Hrs.
Biological Sci. elective or laboratory**
Philosophy (upper division)
Theology (second level)
Elective
6-7
3
3
3

Biological Sci. elective or laboratory

Theology (third level)

Electives***

Diverse Cultures elective

6

3

3-5

3

  15-16   15-17

*MATH 1410 or 1450 and one other MATH or COSC course.

**BIOL 4101 is strongly recommended as a Biological Sciences elective for students intending to apply to medical, dental, graduate or pharmacy school.

***128 credits are required for graduation.



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