Biology Major

Specific Requirements for Admission to the Biology Major

  • Completion of BIO 201 General Biology: Organismal and Population and BIO 202 General Biology: Cellular and Molecular with a grade of "C" or better in each, OR completion of one Biology lecture course at Creighton, 300-level or above, with a grade of "C" or better.

B.S., Major in Biology requirements: 33 credits

BIO 201
BIO 205
General Biology: Organismal and Population
and General Biology: Organismal and Population Laboratory
BIO 202
BIO 206
General Biology: Cellular and Molecular
and General Biology: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory
Upper Division Biology courses
Seven upper-division lecture courses in the major, which consists of 300-level and above BIO courses of three or more credits, except BIO 297, BIO 350, BIO 397, BIO 493, BIO 495 and BIO 497. These courses must include:
Five lecture courses at the 300- and/or 400-level, which must include at least one course from each of the following three areas:
Cell Structure and Function
Neurobiology of Disease
Developmental Biology
Animal Behavior
Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy
Developmental Biology
Environmental Physiology
Foundations of Ecology & Evolution
Vertebrate Natural History
Environmental Remote Sensing
Conservation Biology
Terrestrial Ecology
Marine And Freshwater Ecology
Environmental Physiology
One 500-level "focus" course
Applicable courses are:
Current Topics in Genetics
Genomes and Chromosomes
Environmental Toxicology
Current Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Ecology of Zoonotic Diseases
Current Topics in Plant Biology
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Current Topics in Physiology
Current Topics in Neuroscience
Current Topics in Ecology
One additional course of the student's choice. This course can be any upper-division BIO lecture course (EXCEPT BIO 350) or one of a select group of offerings by other departments. Please check with the Biology department for a list of currently approved courses.
Four laboratory courses
This requirement may be satisfied by any combination of 4 credit lecture + laboratory or 1 or 2 credit laboratory-only courses. Lecture + laboratory courses may apply simultaneously to both the lecture and laboratory requirements.
The following courses apply toward this requirement:
Lecture/Laboratory courses
Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy
Environmental Remote Sensing
Developmental Biology
Terrestrial Ecology
Genomes and Chromosomes
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Laboratory-only courses
Genetics Laboratory
Cell Structure and Function Laboratory
Animal Behavior Laboratory
Vertebrate Natural History Laboratory
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Physiology Laboratory
Neurobiology Laboratory
Freshwater Ecology Laboratory
In addition, one of the following may be used as the equivalent of a laboratory course: BIO 490 may be counted as one lab course if taken twice. BIO 497 may be counted as one lab course if: 1. At least six credits of 497 are taken over multiple semesters. 2. The research work is presented by the student at a regional or national scientific meeting 3. The research work is also presented by the student as a poster at the Department of Biology Research Colloquium.

BIO 297 Directed Research, BIO 350 Fundamentals of MicrobiologyBIO 397 Directed Independent Research (Extramural), BIO 492 Seminar in Undergraduate Classroom Instruction, BIO 493 Directed Independent Readings, and BIO 495 Directed Independent Study do not apply toward the major requirements. BIO 497 Directed Independent Research may be counted as one lab course as noted above. BIO 490 Seminar In Undergraduate Laboratory Instruction can be applied toward the lab requirement if taken twice.

Courses in departments other than Biology (such as CHM 371 Biochemistry of Metabolism ) may be approved for non-laboratory biology major credit; a student may exercise this option for only one such course.

Required Supporting Courses for a Major in Biology

CHM 203General Chemistry I3
CHM 204General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 205General Chemistry II3
or CHM 285 Advanced General Chemistry II
CHM 206General Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CHM 286 Chemical and Statistical Analysis Laboratory
CHM 321Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 322Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 323Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 324Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
PHY 201General Physics for the Life Sciences3
PHY 202General Physics for the Life Sciences II3
PHY 205General Physics Laboratory I1
PHY 206General Physics Laboratory II1