Degree Requirements

Majors and Concentrations

Bachelor’s degree requirements in biology are modified as necessary. Current requirements are available in the UBP office and online. Major programs are offered in biochemistry, biology, human biology, and microbiology. Students may choose to concentrate in a range of specialties in the biological sciences, such as botany, cellular biology, developmental biology, environmental biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, paleontology, physiology, systematics, or zoology (invertebrate or vertebrate).

Requirements for the B.A. Major in Microbiology

Course work allows students to study microbiology as part of their general education and provides a background for teachers. It also prepares students for work in medical, public health, research, and industrial laboratories; for graduate, medical, or dental school; or for the clinical laboratory sciences program.

For general requirements for the B.A. degree, see CLAS General Education Degree Requirements on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page.

General Science Requirements

Microbiology General Science Requirements (34-36 Hours)

Microbiology Core Knowledge & Skills (9-10 Hours)

  • Fundamentals of Microbiology. Satisfied by BIOL 400 or BIOL 401.
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory. Satisfied by BIOL 402.
  • Microbial Physiology or Introductory Biochemistry. Satisfied by BIOL 516 or BIOL 600.
  • Senior Seminar: Current Progress in Microbiology. Satisfied by BIOL 599. Must be taken in senior year.

Microbiology Electives and Laboratory Requirements. Satisfied by completing 15 hours of microbiology courses, including 3 lab courses, selected from the following: BIOL 503, BIOL 504, BIOL 506, BIOL 507, BIOL 512, BIOL 513, BIOL 517, BIOL 518, or BIOL 519.

Microbiology Elective. Satisfied by completing 3 additional hours of biology courses numbered 400 or higher to be selected in consultation with a microbiology advisor.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 27 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for biology.

Contact Info

Biology Undergraduate Program

Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Ave., Room 2045
Lawrence, KS 66045-7566
Greg Burg, Director
Jennifer Weghorst, Assistant Director

B.S. in Molecular Biosciences Program

KU Edwards Campus
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213
Dan W. Mueller, Director of Undergraduate Advising
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