Integrative Biology: Honors Integrative Biology, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Integrative Biology, Honors Integrative Biology Concentration

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department faculty: School of Integrative Biology Faculty

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Honors Integrative Biology is designed for superior students wishing to pursue an intensive program in integrative biology and, concurrently, to gain a strong background in the physical sciences and mathematics. Admission is by interview in spring of the freshman year prior to registration for fall. An overall 3.0 GPA is required to apply for admission. Honors Integrative Biology provides preparation suitable for graduate and professional training in biology, as well as for biology careers in the private and public sectors.

Students earning the Honors Integrative Biology Concentration will also earn the Chemistry minor.

Students pursuing a degree in Honors Integrative Biology will be allowed to earn a second degree in the Specialized Curriculum in Biochemistry. Students pursuing a degree in Honors Integrative Biology will not be allowed to double major in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Substitutions or other changes in the requirements below may be made only by petition to and approval of the director of the Honors Integrative Biology Concentration.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Integrative Biology, Honors Integrative Biology Concentration

Departmental distinction: Candidates for distinction must:

  1. Consult with an IB Honors adviser no later than the beginning of their junior year to discuss their proposed research plan.
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 when applying for distinction.
  3. Present an acceptable written report on the research to the Integrative Biology Distinction Committee about two months prior to graduation. The research must have been an in-depth experience and produced substantial results to be considered eligible for distinction. Additional details on requirements, procedures, and deadlines are available at

Students must consult with their Integrative Biology honors adviser at least once each semester.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 80-91 hours. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.

No more than 8 hours of credit in 100-level courses in IB or MCB may be counted toward graduation.

Students may count toward graduation no more than a combined maximum of 10 hours of IB 390 and IB 490 credit offered for independent study.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
IB 270Evolution of Molecules & Cells5
IB 271Organismal Biology5
IB 372Ecology and Evolution 15
MATH 220Calculus (Biocalculus section)4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
MATH 231Calculus II 23-4
or IB 494 Theoretical Biology + Models
Select one group of courses:8-10
Accelerated Chemistry I
Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
Accelerated Chemistry II
Accelerated Chemistry Lab II
General Chemistry I 3
General Chemistry Lab I
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry Lab II
Select one group of courses:6
Fundamental Organic Chem I
Structure and Synthesis
Elementary Organic Chemistry I
Elementary Organic Chem Lab I
At least six hours of advanced courses in Chemistry 46-8
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
Select one group of courses8-14
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
College Physics: Mech & Heat
College Physics: E&M & Modern
An approved 300- or 400-level course that includes physical/math principles 5
An approved 300- or 400- level course in statistics 63
IB 490Independent Study (2 semesters) 76
300- or 400- level courses in the biological sciences 10