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The Bachelor of Arts in Biology (BA - Biology) offers flexibility in biology course selection so that students may better pursue individual interests.

The different courses in the major that are offered directly by the department provide rigorous training in both basic and advanced biological concepts.

Most courses offered by the department include a specialized laboratory experience taught by department faculty.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Major Department 32 credits

Basic Requirements 17 credits

Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must achieve a minimum 2.000 average in the 100-level basic requirements course. Students may register in 200-level biology courses in any order but must maintain a biology average of 2.0 or better, before progressing to another course. A student must repeat any 200-level biology course that brings the biology average below a 2.000. Students should try to complete all 200-level biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.

  • BIOL 104 - Principles of Biology/Lab Credits: 4
  • BIOL 201 - General Botany/Lab Credits: 4
  • BIOL 212 - General Zoology/Lab Credits: 4
  • BIOL 250 - Genetics/Lab Credits: 4
  • BIOL 492 - Biology Seminar Credits: 1

Additional Requirements 9 credits

Select 9 credits from the following:

  • BIOL 330 - Microbiology/Lab Credits: 3
  • BIOL 340 - Vertebrate Anatomy/Lab Credits: 3


  • BIOL 465 - Plant Anatomy / Lab Credits: 3
  • BIOL 370 - Molecular Biology/Lab Credits: 3
  • BIOL 401 - Ecology/Lab Credits: 3
  • BIOL 410 - Animal Physiology/Lab Credits: 3


  • BIOL 451 - Plant Physiology / Lab Credits: 3

Electives - Credits: 6

Select two courses from the above or any approved 300 or 400-level biology major courses. Additional electives may be selected from the Marine Science offerings.

Related Sciences 8 credits
  • CHEM 108 - General Chemistry II Credits: 3
  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II Lab Credits: 1
  • CHEM 201 - Organic Chemistry I Credits: 3
  • CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: 1
College Requirements 11 - 12 credits
  • CHEM 107 - General Chemistry I Credits: 3
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I Lab Credits: 1
  • MATH 125 - Precalculus Credits: 4


  • MATH 225 - Calculus I Credits: 4
  • PHYS 201 - Elements of Physics I/ Lab Credits: 4


  • PHYS 211 - General Physics I/ Lab Credits: 4
Recommended Courses
  • Any Computer Science (CPSC) course
  • CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II Credits: 3
  • CHEM 212 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credits: 1


Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen).

We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

  • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable

  • SAT or ACT Scores

  • $30.00 application fee

WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.

Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Slippery Rock University.


Contact the Office of Financial Aid for detailed information on various financial aid programs and scholarship materials. You can submit your questions regarding financial assistance directly to the Financial Aid Office at Students are encouraged to apply for admission early.

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