The undergraduate Major in Biology at Villanova
The undergraduate Minor in Biology
Villanova's affiliated programs in the Health Professions
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
|BIO 3595||BIO 3055||BIO 3011 */ BIO 3012|
|BIO 4105||BIO 3155||BIO 3255|
|BIO 4205||BIO 3405||BIO 3485|
|BIO 4251 */ BIO 4252||BIO 3455||BIO 4305|
|BIO 4285||BIO 3505||BIO 4451 */ BIO 4452|
|BIO 4355||BIO 3525||Graduate Level|
|BIO 4505||BIO 3555||BIO 7105|
|BIO 4605||BIO 3651 / BIO 3652||BIO 7151 */ BIO 7152|
|Graduate Level||BIO 3755||BIO 7705|
|BIO 7321 */ BIO 7322||BIO 3801 / BIO 3802||BIO 7555|
|BIO 7905||BIO 3905||BIO 7755|
|BIO 7960||Graduate Level||BIO 7955|
|BIO 8101||BIO 7205||BIO 8455 *|
|BIO 8151||BIO 7905|
|BIO 8171||BIO 7921 *|
|BIO 8295||BIO 8251|
|BIO 8555||BIO 8252|
|BIO 8705||BIO 8601|
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 36 credits. The remaining 3-4 credits, which should be considered as Biology electives, do not necessarily have to include laboratory.
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.
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.