Biology Major – Curriculum & Duration

The biology curriculum is flexible. The courses in your first two years will introduce you to basic biological concepts, providing a foundation in the natural and physical sciences, humanities and social sciences. Individualization characterizes the third and fourth years. You may choose to concentrate in areas such as cellular/subcellular biology, animal or plant biology, clinical biology, population biology, and interdisciplinary biology. You will be able to receive academic credit for independent study or directed research into questions being pursued by leading scientists. You will be encouraged to take advantage of the many research opportunities available.

The following is a typical curriculum for biology students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2020; other students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Biological Sciences Orientation

Introductory Biology I, II

Introductory Biology I, II Lab or Phage Hunters I, II

General Chemistry I, II

General Chemistry Lab I, II

Precalculus, General Calculus

Writing and Rhetoric I, II

Physical Education I, II

Second Year

Microbial Science

Microbial Science Lab

Organic Chemistry I, II

Organic Chemistry Lab I, II

Introductory Physics I, II

Biological Sciences Colloquium

Biology Elective

General Education Social Science Discipline Requirements

Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements

Third Year

Quantitative Science Requirements


Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or Survey of Biochemistry or Biochemistry

Introduction to Communication or Public Speaking

General Education Humanities Discipline Requirements

Biology, Natural Science, and Free Electives

Fourth Year

Biological Sciences Seminar I, II

Biology Electives

Free Electives

You can construct a course of study that best suits your career goals by selecting from among the following elective courses:

Animal Biology

Animal Diversity and Morphology

Human Structure and Function I, II

Comparative Animal Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology I, II

Human Physiology

Cellular/Subcellular Biology

Microbial Genetics

Environmental Microbiology


Microbial Physiology


Cell Biology

Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology Laboratory

Clinical Biology


Basic Concepts and Procedures in Medical Laboratory Science

Human Molecular and Cellular Biology

Human Parasitology

Clinical Microbiology

Principles and Applications of Immunology

Modern Issues of Vaccinology

Interdisciplinary Biology

Basic Nutrition

Introduction to Neuroscience

Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory

Biology of Aging

Independent Study in Biological Sciences

Biology Internship



Environmental Toxicology


Special Topics in Biology

Seminar in Neuroscience

Directed Research in Biological Sciences

Genes and Brains

Plant Biology

Plant Diversity and Morphology


Population Biology

Evolutionary Biology

Introduction to Environmental Science

Animal Behavior

Aquatic Biology


The Social Life of Microbes

Biological Threats