Sample Curricular by Semester

Freshman Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
BIO 2105 - General Biology I 4 BIO 2106 - General Biology II 4
MAT 1310 - Calc Life Sci Appl I 4 MAT 1315 - Calc Life Sci Appl II 4
CHM 1151 - General Chemistry I 3 CHM 1152 - General Chemistry II 3
CHM 1103 - General Chemistry Lab I 1 CHM 1104 - General Chemistry Lab II 1
ACS 1000 - Traditions in Conversation 3 ACS 1001 - Modernity & Its Discontents 3
Language 3 Language 3
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 18

Sophomore Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
BIO 3351 - Genetics or Adv. BIO 4 BIO 3351 - Genetics or Adv. BIO 4
CHM 2211 - Organic Chemistry I 3 CHM 2212 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2201 - Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 CHM 2202 - Organic Chemistry Lab II 1
ENG 1050 - The Literary Experience * 3 ENG 1050 - The Literary Experience * 3
HIS 1050 - Themes in Modern World History 3 HIS (2000 or higher) 3
ETH 2050 - Eth Trad & Contemp Life or Intro. Social Science 3 ETH 2050 - Eth Trad & Contemp Life or Intro. Social Science 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 17

Junior Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
Adv. BIO 4 Adv. BIO 4
PHY 1100 - General Physics I 3 PHY 1102 - General Physics II 3
PHY 1101 - General Physics I Lab 1 PHY 1103 - General Physics II Lab 1
THL 1050 - Christian Theology: An Intro 3 ENG Literature (2000 or higher) 3
Intro Social Science* 3 Adv. THL (2000 or higher) 3
PHI 1050 - Intro to Philosophy 3 Adv. PHI (2000 or higher) 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 17

Senior Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
2 Adv. BIO or 5-8 2 Adv. BIO or 5-8
      Adv. BIO + BIO 5100 - Senior Seminar       Adv. BIO + BIO 5100 - Senior Seminar  
Fine Arts* 3 Electives 9-12
Adv Social Science (2000 or higher) 3
Electives 3-6    
Total Credits ~17 Total Credits ~17

* Students may fulfill College of Arts & Sciences core curriculum requirements in a variety of ways. The sequence of enrollment in some of these courses may be by personal choice. Confer with your advisor about scheduling these courses.

Biology majors completing a Senior Thesis and Honors Program students conducting thesis research under the direction of a Biology faculty member should enroll in the special section of BIO 5100 - Senior Seminar for thesis students during the spring semester only. Other students may be assigned to a section of BIO 5100 - Senior Seminar in either semester of senior year, depending on section availability ( BIO 5100 - Senior Seminar is only taken once).

The schedule shown here does not indicate all requirements for graduation. Biology courses must include at least 5 upper-level laboratories (or equivalent) and at least one laboratory course in each of 3 sub-disciplinary categories. Students must also fulfill writing requirement for Biology majors and the College diversity requirements. Consult the University Catalog and your advisor for more details.

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The undergraduate Major in Biology at Villanova

The undergraduate Minor in Biology

Villanova's affiliated programs in the Health Professions

The undergraduate program features advanced course work that provides exposure to the primary literature and research in diverse areas of faculty expertise. Qualified students are encouraged to undertake research with mentors who are teacher-scholars in a variety of biological subdisciplines.