Biological Sciences

Biological sciences
encompasses the study of all living things and includes the study of basic organization and function, how organisms evolve, their roles in the natural environment, how hereditary information is transferred and the development of biotechnology. The Biological Sciences concentration is designed to provide students interested in the biological sciences with a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to their interests.



  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours including 12 of upper division courses in the life sciences and at least 6 upper division hours taken with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Internship courses are not accepted as fulfilling the 24 credit hour requirement.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Courses which are not available for credit in the Life Sciences majors cannot be used for the concentration (e.g. BIO 100 The Living World, BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II).
  • This concentration is not available to students majoring in the life sciences.
  • Elective hours are to be selected with the approval of a School of Life Science’s advisor.
  • * The CHM 116 prerequisite for these courses is waived for students in the Biological Sciences concentration. See an advisor in the Life Sciences program for more information.


Core Option 1, 15 hours

BIO 281 General Biology I (4)

BIO 282 General Biology II (4)

BIO 340 General Genetics (4) (Prerequisites: C or better: BIO 181 (or BIO 188 or MBB 245) and BIO 182 (or BIO 187 or MBB 247, or both PLB 200 and PLB 201))

BIO 345* Organic Evolution (3) (Prerequisites: BIO 340 with C or better) 


Core Option 2, 16 hours

BIO 281 General Biology I (4)

BIO 282 General Biology II (4)

MIC 220 Biology of Microorganisms (3) AND MIC 206 Biology of Microorganisms/Lab (1) 

BIO 340 General Genetics (4) OR MBB 347 Molecular Genetics: From Genes to Proteins (4) (Prerequisites: BIO 282 (or BIO 181 and 182); CHM 116. Credit is allowed for only BIO 340 or MBB 347)

Electives 8-9 hours depending on Core Option chosen.
Elective Option 1: 9 hours required with a minimum of 5 upper division hours.
Elective Option 2: 8 upper division hours required.
Select in consultation with a School of Life Science’s advisor.

MIC 220* Biology of Microorganisms (3) AND MIC 206 Biology of Microorganisms/Lab (1) ( Pre-or Co-requisites: MIC 205 or MIC 220 (with a C or better if completed))

Any BIO 300 or BIO 400 (except BIO 300, 301, 303, 319, 336, 390, 490, 499, 484)

Any MIC 300 or MIC 400 (except MIC 402)

Any MBB 300 or MBB 400

NOT FROM: BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 300, BIO 301, BIO 303, BIO 319, BIO 336, BIO 390, BIO 490, BIO 499, BIO 484, MIC 402, PLB 320, *** 495



All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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