Biology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 25 k / Year(s) Deadline: Nov 15, 2024
351–400 place StudyQA ranking:4113 Duration:4 years

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KU’s Undergraduate Biology Program (UBP) partners with the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular Biosciences to offer a deep and enriching educational experience for its students.  It prepares students for careers in scientific research, medical professions, conservation work, public safety, and more.  Opportunities are available for independent study, undergraduate research, field experience, student hourly employment, undergraduate teaching assistantships, and participation in student organizations.

The UBP administers the curricula for biology degrees and majors, handles advising for biology majors, and coordinates laboratories for biology courses.

The B.A. Biology degree at KU is the broadest major available in biology.  This major provides students with much flexibility in their major course choices.  Several core course options include ecology, microbiology, organismal physiology, and biochemistry.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Biology. 

Freshman
Fall Hours Spring Hours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)1 3 ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II) 3
CHEM 130 (General Science Requirement)2 5 MATH 115 (General Science Requirement)2 3
BIOL 150 or 151 (Goal 3 Natural Science, BA Lab Science, Major Requirement)3 4 CHEM 135 (General Science Requirement)4 5
BIOL 105 (General Science Requirement)* 1 BIOL 152 or 153 (Major Requirement) 4
Elective (Total Hours) 3  
  16   15
Sophomore
Fall Hours Spring Hours
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language) 5 2nd Semester Language (BA Second Language) 5
MATH 116 (General Science Requirement) 3 Goal 3 Humanities 3
CHEM 310 or 330 (General Science Requirement)5 3 BIOL 412 (Major Requirement)4 4
CHEM 331 (General Science Requirement) 2 Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours) 3
BIOL 350 or 360 (Major Requirement) 4  
  17   15
Junior
Fall Hours Spring Hours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language) 3 4th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language) 3-5
Goal 3 Social Science 3 Goal 2.2 Communication 3
PHSX 114 (or PHSX 211 & 216 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, General Science Requirement)) 4-5 PHSX 115 (or PHSX 212 & 236 (General Science Requirement)) 4
BIOL Selective 400+ (Major Requirement)6 3 BIOL Selective 400+ (Major Requirement)6 3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours) 3  
  16-17   13-15
Senior
Fall Hours Spring Hours
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness (300+ suggested) 3 Goal 4.1 US Diversity (300+ suggested) 3
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3 BIOL 599 (Major Requirement, Goal 6)8 1
BIOL Selective 400+ (Major Requirement)6 3 BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)7 3
BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)7 3 BIOL Lab Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)7 2
BIOL Lab Elective 400+ (Major Requirement)7 2 BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement) 1
BIOL Elective 400+ (Major Requirement) 1 Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours) 3
  15   13
Total Hours: 120-123

 

Freshmen must:
 
1. Provide evidence of high school graduation with a curriculum that would prepare you for university studies in your home country

Credentials and Requirements by Country for Freshman Addition to the College of LIberal Arts and Sciences

2. Have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;

3. Submit English proficiency test scores (used to estimate students' placement in appropriate level of ESL course, as needed. All international students are screened after arrival on campus and prior to enrollment by the KU Applied English Center).

The University of Kansas will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will use concordance tables to compare your scores and determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT. At this time, any SAT scores listed are based on the new SAT (after March 2016).  

In addition to transcripts or marksheets, you must present an official diploma or graduation certificate, official examination results, or other proof of graduation particular to your country.  We use equivalent admission criteria for applicants from all countries.  Meeting the minimum grade point average does not guarantee admission.

KU offers a few partial scholarships for qualified, new international freshmen and transfer students admitted for fall semester. To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete an online fall semester application by Jan. 15.

The Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) screens candidates for a limited number of admissions scholarships. Awards are only offered to degree-seeking undergraduates whose first KU semester is the fall semester. KU does not offer international student scholarships based on financial need. International undergraduate scholarships do not cover all expenses. Prior to issuance of the SEVIS document, students requesting F-1 or J-1 status must submit proof of financial support for the first year of study.

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