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2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BS

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To declare a Biology Major:

Major credit requirements:

  • At least 38 total credits in the major
  • At least 17 credits of collateral courses
  • At least 15 credits in residence of 300 level or above courses
  • Exit cumulative GPA of 2.50 in major

BIO Sample Plan  

3+3 Dual-Degree Partnership Sample Plan: B.S. (BIO)/D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic From Palmer College of Chiropractic  

3+2 Dual-Degree Partnership Sample Plan: B.S.(BIO)/M.S. Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis  

3+2 Degree Partnership Sample Plan: B.S. (BIO) M.S. Respitory Therapy Rush University  

3+3 Degree Partnership Sample Plan: B.S. (BIO) DPT Rosalind Franklin University  

Graduate programs may require specific track collaterals. Please speak with the Biology Department for advising information.


A major in Biology consists of a minimum of 38 credits and 17 credits of collaterals.

One Organismal Course from the following:

One Ecological course from the following:

One Cell/Genetics course from the following:

One Quantitative course from the following:

Capstone Cluster - Complete one:

General Education Core Curriculum

Professional Development

Approaches to Individual and Social Questions

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

BS/BSN Foreign Language

Degree Credit Requirements

  • At least 120 degree credits are required for a bachelor’s degree. There is no limit to the number of credits which may be earned in one department.
  • A minimum of 30 of the final 36 credits must be earned in residence to receive a bachelor’s degree from WLC.
  • Students must also earn at least 15 credits in residence in upper division courses (300 and 400 level) in the major to receive a bachelor’s degree from WLC.
  • If a major requires a capstone course, it is required to be taken at WLC.
  • At least 9 credits in the minor must be taken at WLC.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be achieved to satisfy the degree requirements. Individual programs may require grade point averages higher than a 2.0 for courses used to satisfy the major.

Suggested General Education Sequencing

  • Freshman : COL 101 (Fall), LAS 101  (Spring), Foreign Language/Foreign Language Diversity, Quantitative Reasoning, ENG 101COM 101THE 105/THE 110, ~9 cr. in the major
  • Sophomore: Biblical Theology, PED 100, 1-2 Approaches, declare major

  • Junior: Applied Theology, 1-2 Approaches

  • Senior: Systematic Theology,  1-2 Approaches, LAS 401/LAS 402 


(Full general education information may be found here.)


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