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Biology Curriculum

USCB offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. To qualify for graduation, a student must meet general education requirements and biology core requirements as stated below.

Coastal Ecology and Conservation Concentration: students have the ability to receive a concentration in Coastal Ecology and Conservation that will be listed on the transcript upon graduation. Students will need to take at least 4 courses (a minimum of 15, but not exceeding 18 credits) with corresponding laboratories within this concentration.

Biomedical Sciences Concentration : students can earn a concentration in Biomedical Sciences that will be listed on the transcript on graduation. They will need to take at least 4 courses with laboratories (16 credit hours) within this concentration. Three of these four courses will also serve as Major Electives.

Admissions Standards for the Biology Program

Students who fulfill the admission requirements of USCB may enroll as biology majors. Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 GPA.

  • I. General Education Requirements with Notes for Majors 37-47
  • English 6-7

Either ENGL B101 or ENGL B105; B101L; and either ENGL B102 or ENGL B106. Each course must have a grade of "C" or higher.

Students may place out of ENGL B101L with an appropriate score on the Freshman English Placement Exam. Students who transfer into USCB with credit for first-semester freshman composition are exempt from the ENGL B101L requirement.

  • Numerical and Analytical Reasoning 6

Majors: requirements in this category will be fulfilled by Program Requirements in (II) below. No additional courses are required.


  • COMM B140, B201 or B2303

Liberal Arts

  • Liberal Arts Electives (humanities or social/behavioral sciences) 16
  • HIST B101, B102, B111, B112, B115, or 1163
  • Fine Arts 23
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 33

 1 Courses from the following disciplines: AFAM, ANTH, ARTH, ARTS, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, HIST, MUSC, PHIL, POLI, PSYC, RELG, SOCY, SPAN, COMM, THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

 2 Courses from: ARTH, ARTS, MUSC, or THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

 3 Courses from: ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GLST, LING, POLI, PSYC, and SOCY.

Natural Sciences

  • Two courses, at least one with associated laboratory7

Courses from: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, MSCI, and PHYS. One of the natural science courses may be a 3-credit course that is designed without a separate laboratory or field component, but which incorporates these components in the main curriculum. The other natural science course must be a 4-credit course with embedded or separately listed laboratory. BIOL B110 and BIOL B120 cannot both be taken for credit.

Two courses outside the Natural Science curriculum also satisfy the 3-credit course requirement of Natural Science: ANTH B101 and PSYC B361. Students may elect to take them as either fulfilling a Natural Science General Education requirement or a Social Science General Education requirement, but not both.

  • Foreign Languages 0-6

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. For foreign languages taught at USCB, this requirement may be satisfied and credit earned by proficiency through a USCB Foreign Language Challenge Exam. For all other foreign languages, the requirement is waived after USCB certification but no credit is earned by demonstrating an equivalent proficiency.

Waiver of Foreign Language Requirement for Bilingual Speakers: Students whose native language is other than English and who have scored either 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 77 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are exempt, without credit, from USCB's language requirement. English-speaking students who document or certify native or near-native proficiency (USCB conducted test) in a language other than English are also exempt, without credit, from this requirement.

  • Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding 0-3

A distribution requirement that may be satisfied by one of the above mentioned courses or by additional coursework.

The following courses have been approved for this requirement: ANTH B102, ANTH B312, ANTH B317, ANTH B351, ANTH B352, ANTH B452, COMM B450, ENGL B291, GEOG B121, GLST B301, GLST B398, HIST B109, HIST B115, HIST B116, RELG B203, SOCY B315 and SPAN B380. Non-equivalent transfer credits may be evaluated for approval on a case by case basis by the Director of General Education.

  • II. Program Requirements31
  • CHEM B111 and B1128
  • COMM B140, B201 or B2308
  • CHEM B333, B331L, B334 and B332L3
  • PHYS B201 or B2114
  • STAT B203
  • MATH8

Choose one sequence:

  • MATH B141 and MATH B142
  • MATH B122 and MATH B170
  • MATH B122 and MATH B172
  • MATH B141 and MATH B170
  • MATH B141 and MATH B172
    • III. Major Requirements35
    • BIOL B101 and B102 18
    • BIOL B301 with lab4
    • BIOL B302 with lab4
    • BIOL B3033
    • BIOL B460 with lab4
    • Biology courses B399 or above 212

 1 Majors: a minimum grade of C in BIOL B101 and B102 is required before enrolling in any BIOL course numbered above B299.

 2 Majors: you may enroll in Biology courses 399 or above only after completing two of BIOL B301, B302, or B303 with a grade of C or better. No more than three credits of BIOL B399 may be applied toward the major.

IV. Concentration Requirements

Coastal Ecology and Conservation

Any combination of BIOL B410, B411, B425, B436, B471, B475, B475L, B480,  B499 A&B       minimum of 15 but not exceeding 18

Biomedical Sciences

    • Any 4 of the following courses with labs: BIOL B405/B405L, BIOL B430, BIOL B431/B431L, BIOL B435/B435L, BIOL B441/B44116
    • V. Electives 20-30
    • Total hours required 120