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:

Required Biology Courses

  • At least 36 total credits in Biology or in approved related subjects (e.g., Biochemistry)
  • Two semesters of General Biology with laboratory ( BIO 2105 , BIO 2106 )
  • One semester of Genetics ( BIO 3351 )
  • Senior seminar ( BIO 5100 ), taken either Fall or Spring of senior year. Students completing a senior thesis must take a special section of senior seminar in the Spring semester
  • Biology Laboratory & Distribution Requirement: Five biology laboratories at the 3000 level or above, including at least one course with laboratory from each of the following subdisciplinary categories:

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.

Total Number of Credits for Graduation

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.

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The undergraduate Major in Biology at Villanova

The undergraduate Minor in Biology

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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.

Other Required Science Courses

CHM 1151

CHM 1103

CHM 1152

CHM 1104

CHM 2211

CHM 2201

CHM 2212

CHM 2202

MAT 1310

MAT 1315

PHY 1100

PHY 1101

PHY 1102

PHY 1103