Requirements for completing the Biology major are formally stated in the Villanova University Catalog - Undergraduate Studies and summarized in the Enchiridion. Completion involves three components—Biology courses, other sciences, and College Core requirements—that must total at least 136 earned credit hours. Current requirements are as follows:
|Cell & Molecular
|Ecology & Population
Note that most Biology majors will need to take 3-4 additional Biology credits in addition to the specific course requirements listed above to reach the total of 37 credits. The remaining 3-4 credits, which should be considered as Biology electives, do not necessarily have to include laboratory.
Other Science Requirements
Two semesters of inorganic chemistry (CHM 1151/CHM 1152) with laboratory (CHM 1103/CHM 1104)
Two semesters of organic chemistry (CHM 2211/CHM 2212) with laboratory (CHM 2201/CHM 2202).
Two semesters of mathematics, including at least one semester of calculus (MAT 1312 or MAT 1500) and one of the following: MAT 1313:Statistics for Life Sciences, MAT 1314:Modeling for Life Sciences, MAT 1505:Calculus II or MAT 4310:Stat Methods.
Two semesters of physics (PHY 1100 /PHY 1102) with laboratory ( PHY 1101/PHY 1103).
Biology majors must accumulate a total of at least 136 earned credit hours of course work (major requirements + Core Curriculum requirements + electives), including any approved advanced placement or transfer credits. Students must also take at least two Biology courses, numbered 3000 or higher, designated as writing enriched. (Students do not earn credit toward the total required for graduation for courses that they fail.) Students must earn an overall GPA of 2.0 to graduate; in addition, Biology majors must maintain a "technical GPA" (i.e., a grade-point average in science and mathematics courses) of ≥ 2.0.
* For undergraduate Biology majors: courses indicated with asterisks (lecture-only courses) cannot be used by themselves to fulfill the distribution requirement in any of the three subdisciplinary areas.