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Programs of Study

There are two undergraduate degrees offered through the Department of Biology: The B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and the B.S. in Biology. We also offer a new accelerated B.S.-M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences. Students interested in the B.S. in the Biology degree are required to specify what area of concentration their degree will be in. Currently there are four areas in which students can choose to study. All of the areas of concentration are special designed for students interested in pursuing graduate education or research careers in the specific areas. My Osprey Map is a sequence guide to help students schedule their classes each semester until graduation.

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B. S. Biomedical Sciences

Scientist working with lab samplesThis degree is designed to provide a broad background in biology with a special emphasis on preparing students for careers in the medical and veterinary sciences. The Biomedical Sciences degree provides all the prerequisites for entry in more medical, veterinary, dental, physician's assistant, pharmacy, chiropractic, optometry and podiatric schools. 

Program of Study for Biomedical Sciences concentration

Accelerated BS-MS (ABM) in Biomedical Sciences

biomedical sciences dna and cellsThis is a limited admission program for Biology majors in the Biomedical Sciences degree who would like to earn a dual degree in five years. More information is available through the Biology Advisor.

Biomedical Sciences website

B.S. in Biology: Four Areas of Concentration

Neurons firingMolecular/Cell Biology and Biotechnology

This track is designed to provide a board background in biology with a special emphasis on the inner workings of the cell.

Program of Study for Molecular/Cell Biology and Biotechnology concentration

Pelican sitting on the riverCoastal and Marine Biology

This track is designed to provide a broad background with a special emphasis on the biology of coastal and marine organisms and ecosystems.

Program of Study for Coastal and Marine Biology concentration

Sunset over the water covered by cloudsCoastal Environmental Science

This track is designed to prepare students for entry into positions with government and environmental agencies specializing in environmental work.

Program of Study for Coastal Environmental Science concentration

students and professor kayakingEcology and Evolutionary Biology

This track is designed to provide a broad background in biology with a special emphasis on the ecological and ecology of organisms.

Program of Study for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology concentration

Course Matrix 2022-2023

The Course Matrix for the Biology Department is a tentative schedule that intended to be a guide to students who are trying to select electives. The Matrix is subject to change based upon faculty availability but the department makes every attempt to offer upper level electives on a regular basis.

  • Courses offered every semester (fall, spring and summer)
    Fall, Spring and Summer
    Course Number Course Name
    BSC 1005 Principles of Biology
    BSC 1010C General Biology 1
    BSC 1011C General Biology 2
    BSC 2012C General Biology 3
    BSC 2085C Anatomy & Physiology 1
    BSC 2086C Anatomy & Physiology 2
    BSC 3842 Writing Skills in Biology
    PCB 3023C Molecular & Cellular Biology
    PCB 3063C Genetics
    PCB 3063L Genetics Lab
    PCB 4713C Human Physiology
    PCB 3043C Ecology
    MCB 2010C Microbiology
    MCB 3020C Microbial Biology
    BSC 4908 Directed Independent Study
    BSC 4940 Internship in Applied Biology
    BSC 1005C Principles of Biology
    BSC 1930 Current Applications
    BSC 4947 Senior Seminar Practicum
  • Courses offered every fall semester
    Course Number Course Name
    BSC 3052 Conservation Biology
    BSC 4801C Animal Physiology
    BSC 2991 Introduction to the Biology Major
    BSC 4921 Biology Lecture Series
    PCB 4234 Biology of Cancer
    PCB 4301C Limnology
    ZOO 3733C Human Structure & Function
    ZOO 4513/L Animal Behavior/Lab
  • Courses offered every spring semester
    Course Number Course Name
    BOT 4503C Plant Anatomy & Physiology
    BSC 4921 Biology Lecture Series
    BCH 4024 Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    BCH 4024L Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Lab
    PCB 4233 Immunology
    MCB 4503 Virology
    OCE 3008 Oceanography
    BSC 3057 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Courses offered in fall (even years)
    Fall - Even
    Course Number Course Name
    BOT 4404C Marine Botany
    ZOO 4823C Entomology
    ZOO 4234C Parasitology
    PCB 4067 Molecular Basis of Inheritance
    BSC 4054C Environmental Toxicology
    MCB 4021C Molecular Techniques
  • Courses offered in fall (odd years)
    Fall - Odd
    Course Number Course Name
    BSC 4022 Biology of Aging
    BSC 3263 Marine Biology
    MCB 4203 Pathogenic Bacteriology
    PCB 4253C Developmental Biology
    PCB 4843 Cell & Molecular Neuroscience
    PCB 4805 Endocrinology
    ZOO 4462C Herpetology
    ZOO 4753 Histology
  • Courses offered in spring (even years)
    Spring - Even
    Course Number Course Name
    ZOO 3713C Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    ZOO 4485/L Biology of Marine Mammals/Lab
    FAS 4354 Coastal Fisheries Management
    PCB 4674 Evolution
  • Courses offered in spring (odd years)
    Spring - Old
    Course Number Course Name
    ZOO 4454C Ichthyology
    ZOO 4208C Coastal Invertebrate Zoology
    ZOO 4407 Biology of Sharks and Rays
  • Courses offered every summer
    Course Number Course Name
    BCH 4024 Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (Lecture only)
    ZOO 4559L Ecology of Sharks
    ZOO 4551C Dolphin Behavioral Ecology

Important Academic Information

Selective Admission Process

Students who plan to major in biology will need to have taken the following courses with a minimum 2 B's and 2 C's combination before being admitted to the program:

Selective Admission Requirements:

  • General Biology 1 and lab (BSC 1010C)
  • General Biology 2 and lab (BSC 1011C)
  • General Chemistry 1 and lab (CHM 2045C)
  • General Chemistry 2 and lab (CHM 2046C)

Transfer students with 60 credit hours who have met at least two of the selective admission requirements will be provisionally admitted to the major. Students admitted provisionally will have three semesters to complete the selective admission requirements or will need to choose a different major. 

Biology Major Retention Policy

After students are accepted as majors within the biology department, students will have to show adequate progress within the discipline. To remain in good standing as a major you are only permitted two attempts for any one biology course. Withdrawing from a class or making a grade lower than a C will count as one attempt. On the second attempt a biology major will have to make a C in the course. This policy does not apply to chemistry or physics courses which are required for the major.

Honors in the Major in Biology


Requirements for admission to Honors in the Major in Biology are:

  1. Completion of at least 60 credit hours of college credit including at least 12 graded upper-division hours at the University of North Florida;
  2. At least 3.5 GPA within the major and at least 3.2 GPA in all upper-division courses regardless of Institution;
  3. Students must provide the Department of Biology Chairperson with a letter of support from their potential mentor in order to have approval for admission.

Honors in the Major in Biology is awarded upon completion of a research proposal, an advanced Honors Thesis, and at least two semesters of Direct Independent Study course work as determined by the student's honors thesis advisor. In addition, students are required to present their research findings at the annual UNF SOARS conference or appropriate venue (i.e. local, regional or national conference). Students must also maintain the 3.5 GPA within the major and 3.2 overall upper-division GPA.

The honors thesis will be signed off by the mentor, Chair of the department and Dean of Undergraduate studies.