B.A. in Biology

St. Mary’s University Core 1
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection:Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice:Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community & Civilization3
School of Science, Engineering, and Technology Specific Core
Select one of the following:
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Rhetoric & Composition 23
Rhetoric and Composition
Foreign Languages6
Select one of the following:
6 hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year
6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied
12 hours of CLEP/AP credit
History/Social Science3
Select one of the following:
Any HS course
Fundamentals of Business Enterprise
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Adjudication of Social Issues
Introductory Macroeconomic Theory
Introductory Microeconomic Theory
Organizational Behavior
American National Government
Texas State & Local Government
Introduction to Global Affairs
General Psychology
Human Factors
Introductory Sociology
Social Issues
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Perspectives and Themes in Social Science
Select one of the following:
Advanced Theology TH 33XX/43XX
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Fine Arts/Literature3
Select one AR, DM, MU or any EN 23XX literature course
BA Biology Major Courses
BL 1401General Biology for Majors I4
BL 1402General Biology for Majors II4
BL 2233Cell & Molecular Methods2
BL 2330Genetic Principles3
BL 2332Cell Biology3
BL 4451Biochemistry I4
BL 4452Biochemistry II4
CH 1401General Chemistry I4
CH 1402General Chemistry II4
CH 3411Organic Chemistry I4
CH 3412Organic Chemistry II4
MT 1411Precalculus4
MT 2303Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
PY 1401General Physics I4
Organismal Biology4
Select one of the following:
Comparative Anatomy
General Physiology
Comparative Physiology
BL 3442
Evolutionary Biology
Cellular and Molecular Biology4
Select one of the following:
Developmental Biology
Mechanisms of Disease
Genes, Genomes and Genomics
Advanced Biology BL 34XX/44XX8
Science Elective4
Select one of the following:
BL 34XX/44XX
Analytical Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
General Physics II
An elective can be any course taken from any discipline.6
Proficiency in Information Technology and Information Literacy
For this major, this requirement will be fulfilled by successfully completing BL 2233.
Total Semester Hours128

This is a recommended degree plan subject to changes. Please meet with your advisor on a regular basis.

First Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 13XX3Speech/Communication3
BL 14014EN 13113
CH 14014BL 14024
MT 14114CH 14024
ND 01010MT 23033
 15 17
Second Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
BL 2332 or 23303Fine Arts/Literature3
CH 34114BL 2330 or 23323
BL 22332CH 34124
 15 16
Third Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
Social Science3SMC 23XX3
Foreign Language3Foreign Language3
PY 14014Advanced Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology)4
Advanced Biology (Organismal Biology)4Elective3
 17 16
Fourth Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 23XX3SMC 43013
BL 44514Advanced Theology3
Advanced Biology4BL 44524
Science Elective4Advanced Biology4
 15 17
Total Semester Hours 128