Biological Science

This curriculum provides a broad background in the basic biological sciences, and permits students to select courses in areas of particular interest. The major is especially useful in meeting the pre-professional requirements in the biosciences. Students desiring this preparation should also check the appropriate pre-professional requirements.

The major is also useful for meeting the broad teaching endorsement requirements for secondary teachers of biological science. See the Teacher Licensure section and the Teaching Endorsement Area Requirements in the School of Education, College of Applied Human Sciences section of the CSU General Course Catalog. Course work in this major may prepare students for graduate work in areas of basic biology or in one of several areas of applied biological sciences. In addition to basic required course work, the student selects a minimum of 12 credits in one of the following fields:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Behavioral Biology
  • Cellular, Molecular, & Genetic Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolution, Genetics, & Systematics
  • Integrative Organismal Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Self Designed Field
  • PDF Version Selected Fields Check Sheet

There is an additional requirement of one course in two other fields to assure a broad base of study.

To be qualified for graduation, students in the biological science major must have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in each of their biological, physical science, and mathematical courses used to meet requirements for the major. This applies to courses taken as substitutions for meeting these requirements. The minimum scholastic average acceptable for graduation is 2.00 computed only for courses attempted at Colorado State.

Course Requirements