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

Special Announcement: Due to Hurricane Ian some classes may be canceled due to staff and students being impacted by the storm.

Special Announcement: All late start classes will now begin on October 17, 2022 to allow more time for students to register and staff to prepare for those courses