Jan 25, 2022  
2021-22 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-22 Undergraduate Bulletin

Biology, BS

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University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

Three hours from:

C. Life and Physical Science

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Science

I. Component Area Option

Foundation of Knowledge

For All Concentrations

For Non-Teaching Concentrations

For Biology Teaching Concentration

Biology Major

Biology Non-Teaching Concentrations

If the topic is deemed appropriate by the instructor and the department chair, BIOL 3390 BIOL 4317 , and BIOL 4398  may also fulfill requirements for a degree track. Consult with a faculty advisor for assistance.


Cellular and Molecular

Ecology and Evolutionary

Advanced Biology Electives

14-23 hours, depending upon the concentration selected, of upper-level BIOL electives; up to two upper-level courses outside the major may be selected in consultation with an advisor.

This section is not required if a student chooses to declare a minor.

Biology Teacher Certification Concentration

Minor Option

A minor of 18 to 24 semester hours in a single discipline is optional. At least six hours in the minor must be in advanced-level courses at SFA. Biology majors may choose the Combined Sciences Minor.  Biology majors contemplating graduate work are advised to select a minor in the sciences or in mathematics, or complete advanced Biology electives.

General Electives

The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree.

Total hours: 120

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

In-Residence Requirement

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.

Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.

Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.

View the In-Residence Requirement, Policy 6.15.

Texas Success Initiative Program

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information  bulletin page.

Degree Map

The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year



Sophomore Year



Junior Year



Senior Year



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