The mission of the Department of Biology is to offer a broad, contemporary curriculum that will familiarize students with both the principles and practices of the biological sciences. The curriculum is designed to develop the intellectual competencies needed to enter graduate, medical, dental, veterinary, and other professional schools, or to join the workforce. Biology students have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty ranging from lab research to field research to cooperative research at the Louisville Zoo. Students may also pursue studies abroad in various disciplines, including the annual marine biology field courses held either off the coast of Belize or at the Bahamas.
Requirements for a BA Major in Biology
Basic Courses: BIOL 130, 140, 220, 231, 240, 408, 499, and an additional 15 hours of courses from BIOL 225, 226, 227, 228, 237, 301, 313, 314, 317, 323, 335, 405, 410, 413, 415, 419, 420, 430, or 300 or 400 level courses in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB.) or Environmental Studies (ENVS), where allowed.
Required Related Courses: CHEM 103, 104, 205; MATH 205. Bachelor of Arts Biology majors must also complete six credits of a foreign language or satisfy the Bellarmine College Bachelor of Arts foreign language proficiency requirement.
Substitution for any of these courses requires the written approval of the department chairperson. For the maximum of 51 hours permitted in the Department, up to eleven hours of electives may be taken as BIOL courses including BIOL 108, 109, or any BIOL course at or above the 200 level, unless specifically prohibited. Biology courses taken in excess of 51 hours will not count toward the minimum 126 hours needed to graduate. Click here to see the suggested program for degree.
Requirements for a BS Major in Biology
Basic courses: BIOL 130, 140, 220, 231, 240, 313, 314, 317, 335 (or 301 or 410), 408, 430 and an additional four hours of courses from BIOL, BMB., or ENVS at or above the 200 level.
Required related courses: CHEM 103, 104, 205, 206; MATH 117, 205; PHYS 201.
Substitution for any of these courses requires the written approval of the department chairperson. Biology courses taken in excess of 51 hours will not count toward the minimum 126 hours needed to graduate. Click here to see the suggested program for degree.
Requirements for a Minor in Biology, 24 hours
A minor in biology requires a minimum of six departmental courses with lab/field experience for a total of 24 credit hours. The minor may include no more than two 100-level Biology courses. Click here to see the suggested courses for a minor in Biology.
Biology Elective Courses