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Bachelor of Arts in Biology

The B.A. degree in Biology provides students with the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses with a breadth in liberal arts and sciences.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants enter as pre-majors and will be considered for full admission into the B.A. in biology program after completion of the following:

  1. MATH S151 (May be met by placement examination)
  2. ENGL S111.
  3. BIOL S105, BIOL S106.
  4. High School Chemistry or a C or higher in either CHEM S103 or CHEM S105.

When a student becomes a major in Biology he or she is assigned a faculty advisor. The student and faculty advisor plan the student's curriculum, and the advisor's signature is required on registration documents.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the general education requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses. To satisfy the residency requirement, 30 credits must be completed at UAS, including 24 upper division credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements36
Biology Electives10
Breadth Electives38

General Education Requirements

The following courses must be included in the GERs for a B.A. in Biology:

BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
MATHS151College Algebra for Calculus4

Major Requirements

CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
MATHS152 or higher3-4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3


BIOLS310Animal Physiology4


CHEMS___Any Upper Division Course4

Select two from the following (6 credits):

ASTRS225General Astronomy3
ENVSS102 or higher1-4
GEOLS104 or higher3-4
PHYSS102 or higher3-4
STATS373 or higher3-4

Biology Electives

BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology2
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS492Biology Seminar1

Breadth Electives

To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. Internships can be paid/unpaid, and are offered by local, regional, and national organizations and businesses. Internship oftentimes turn into full time job offers following graduation which make them both advantageous and lucrative. If you have an interest in internships please contact Career Services for assistance. If admitted to a degree program you can also speak with a faculty member if you are interested in an internship for academic credit.


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