Baccalaureate Degree and Residency Requirements
All requirements for an undergraduate degree are listed under academic policies and regulations in the introductory section for undergraduate programs in this catalog. These requirements include general education requirements and a graduation requirement of at least one course in religion or theology. In addition to the degree and residency requirements of the university and the department, all students must take a nationally normalized science exit exam.
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements are presented in the undergraduate academic information section in this catalog. A course that meets a general education requirement may also meet a course requirement for the major or a course requirement in another discipline. For the majors within the biological and physical sciences, the general education coursework will require 44-45 credits, depending upon the math and life-science courses taken.
The Biology Core
The Biology core of courses gives students a foundation in Biology, while allowing the opportunity for students to focus their upper-division coursework in areas of interest. The subcategories include coursework in Organismal Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Environment and Ecology, and Professional Skills.
Major Approval for Biology
Approval to continue coursework for the major may be requested during the second semester of the sophomore year, or after the completion of 45 credit hours at Fontbonne. For transfer students, approval to continue coursework for the major may be requested if the meet the criteria. Students seeking major approval must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale as well as a GPA of 2.5 in the courses specified below. All courses for the major must be passed with a C- or better.
- Three courses in biology
- Two courses in chemistry