Sample BS Schedule

A typical schedule for eight semesters, showing only required science and math courses, is given below. This should be considered only a general guide, not a rigid schedule. Students should consult with their advisers to plot out the best path given their interests and academic strengths.

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Freshman Year
030.101 Introductory Chemistry I030.102 Introductory Chemistry II
030.105 Introductory Chemistry Lab I030.106 Introductory Chemistry Lab II
110.106 Calculus I110.107 Calculus II
Sophomore Year
030.205 Intro. Organic Chemistry I030.206 Intro. Organic Chemistry II
030.225 Intro. Organic Chemistry Lab or 020.303 Genetics030.225 Intro. Organic Chemistry Lab
020.340 Genetics Lab (if not taking Developmental Biology Lab later)020.306 Cell Biology
020.316 Cell Biology Lab
Junior Year
020.305 Biochemistry171.104 General Physics II
020.315 Biochemistry Lab or 250.253 Protein Engineering and Biochemistry Lab171.112 General Physics Lab II
171.103 General Physics020.363 Developmental Biology
173.111 General Physics Lab I020.373 Developmental Biology Lab (if Genetics Lab was not taken earlier)
Senior Year
1-2 upper-level science courses1-2 upper-level science courses

This typical schedule may not be the best schedule for every student. Some common exceptions include:

  • If students have advanced placement credits in chemistry equivalent to 030.101 & 102 Introductory Chemistry I & II, the requirement for the Introductory Chemistry Lab 030.105-106 is waived. These students might then take Applied Chemical Equilibrium and Reactivity (030.103) and Chemical Structure and Bonding (030.204). Alternatively, these students, while taking Calculus, could take General Physics during the freshman year.
  • Advanced placement credits in 110.106-107 Calculus I & II will satisfy the requirement for the biology major. If a student tests into and successfully completes Calculus II, the Biology Department will waive the requirement for calculus. These students, however, should consider additional math (Calculus III, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations) or statistics. This is especially important for students wishing to apply to medical school programs after graduation, since these programs usually require one year of mathematics and/or statistics courses taken while in college.
  • Students should consider taking one or more biology courses during their freshman and sophomore years. This could include General Biology, freshman seminars, project lab courses such as Phage Hunting (020.135-6) or Protein Engineering (250.253), or independent research.