The biology major must include seven upper-division biology courses, at least five of which must include a laboratory component. To develop a broad background in biology and to experience major areas of study within the disciplines, biology majors are required to take both courses from Group I and at least one course from Groups II, III, and IV. The remainder of the seven required may come from any group.
Lower-division requirements for split majors must be determined by consultation between the student and their advisor, and approved by the chairs of the departments involved. All split majors with biology as the predominant area must be arranged by petition. They must have a clear emphasis, a direction and show relatedness among the courses chosen. The specific upper-division courses selected for any split major must be arranged between the student and their advisor and be approved by the chairs of the departments involved.