Select 6-8 hours course level 300 or 400 from Department of Biological Sciences.
Must complete a minimum of 3 laboratory-based courses at the 300-400 level in Department of Biological Sciences. BSC 380 and BSC 380L (DEG 08) may be used as 1 of the 3 upper level lab courses if taken at the 300 or 400 level. BSC 492 - Special Problems I, II, III may be substituted with departmental permission. Cannot use non-majors courses (BSC 392 or BSC 399).
Choose electives as needed. (See Hours to Degree below.)
♦ Calculus is required for this major. MAT 114 is recommended for biology majors. MAT 167 is generally taken by students desiring a minor in mathematics or by students with a second major in mathematics. Students may enroll in MAT 114 if their ACT mathematics subtest score is 24 or higher. Students enrolling in MAT 167 must have an ACT mathematics subtest score of 26 or higher. Students entering USM with an ACT mathematics subtest score of 20 to 23 must complete MAT 101 (College Algebra) with a C or better before taking MAT 114. Students entering USM with an ACT mathematics subtest score of less than or equal to 19 must take MAT 099 (Intermediate Algebra) during their first semester and earn at least a C prior to enrolling in MAT 101 (which must also be completed satisfactorily prior to enrolling in MAT 114). MAT 103 (Trigonometry) is recommended for students lacking a good background in mathematics.
Hours to Degree
124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Biological Sciences. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information.