Courses in Biology

Biology Course Requirements

The Bachelor of Science with a major in biology curriculum requires the completion of 120 hours of courses covering a wide variety of biology disciplines. The average course load is 15 hours based on eight semesters. (Sample four-year plan)

View courses for this major that are part of the pre-physician assistant degree path or the 3+3 DPT Degree path.

General Education Requirements – 42 hours
ENG 103 English Composition I
ENG 133 Technical Communication
SP 203 Effective Speaking
ENG 153 Introduction to Literature
PSY 113 Principles of Psychology
Humanities Elective
Social Sciences Elective
BIO 114 Principles of Biology I and Lab
MA 113 College Algebra
MA 253 Statistics
CH 104 General Chemistry I and Lab
CH 114 General Chemistry II and Lab
INF 103 Information Technology Applications

Program Requirements – 41 hours
BIO 124 Principles of Biology II and Lab
SCI 412 Senior Research Seminar
SCI 422 Senior Research Project
Or SCI 434 Science Internship (which replaces SCI 412/SCI 422)

Choose one of the following physiology classes:
BIO 283 Marine Biology
BIO 304 Plant Biology
BIO 354 Human Physiology
BIO 343 Cell Biology
BIO 404 Embryology

Choose one of the following ecology classes:
BIO 213 Conservation
BIO 274 General Ecology
BIO 334 Environmental Biology

Choose one of the following organism classes:
BIO 283 Marine Biology
BIO 304 Plant Biology
BIO 314 Animal Biology
BIO 324 Microbiology
Additional BIO courses to bring the total Subject Area Requirements to 41 Credit Hours

Additional Requirements – 37 hours
EXS 102 Lifetime Wellness
UE 101 University Experience
34 Credits of Electives


Pre-Physician Assistant degree path majoring in Biology

Biology course requirements for students pursuing the Trine University Pre-Physician Assistant degree path or are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in physician assistant studies.

General Education Requirements – 42 credit hours
ENG 103 English Composition I
ENG 113
or ENG 133 Technical Communication
SP 203 Effective Speaking
or COM 163

ENG 153 Introduction to Literature
PSY 113/113H Principles of Psychology
Humanities Elective (3)
Social Sciences Elective (3)
BIO 114 Principles of Biology I and Lab
MA 124 Pre-calculus
or MA 134 Calculus

BIO 124 Principles of Biology II and Lab
INF 103 Information Technology Applications
MA 164 Calculus II
EXS 102 Lifetime Wellness

Program Requirements – 41 credit hours

BIO 163 Medical Terminology
BIO 324 Microbiology
BIO 343 Cell Biology
BIO 384 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 394 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 414 Genetics
BIO 434 Biochemistry I
BIO 444 Biochemistry II

Choose one of the following classes:
BIO 213 Conservation
BIO 274 General Ecology
BIO 334 Environmental Biology

CH 104 General Chemistry I and Lab
CH 114 General Chemistry II and Lab
CH 203 Organic Chemistry
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CH 213 Organic Chemistry II
CH 221 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

ENG 453 Advanced Composition

MA 253 Statistics

SCI 434 Science Internship

Additional Requirements – 17-18 credit hours

UE 101 University Experience
Electives 17-18 credits hours


3+3 DPT Degree path majoring in Biology

Trine University offers a six-year plan of study to qualified students leading to a bachelor degree in either exercise science or biology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Recommended sequence of courses - 3+3 DPT Degree Path.