Biology students must declare their major by the time they have taken 60 semester hours. A minimum of 36 hours of biology must be completed, of which 18 hours are at the upper-division level and taken in residence with CU Denver Downtown Campus biology faculty. All biology courses applied to the undergraduate biology major must be completed within 10 years of graduation. To ensure a proper background for the study of biology, majors are required to pass 31-33 hours of course work in ancillary disciplines. A GPA of 2.0 must be attained in BIOL coursework. The following biology and ancillary courses are required and must be completed with a letter grade of C- (1.7) or higher:
11-13 credits to create a total of 36 BIOL credit hours for the Major.
Four hours in biochemistry (CHEM 3810-4 or both CHEM 4810-4 & 4820-3) may be counted as biology elective hours, if taken in addition to second semester organic chemistry (CHEM 3421) with a minimum grade of C-.
BIOL 3411 and 3412 cannot apply as electives.
A maximum of six hours of Independent Study (BIOL 3840 or 4840) and Internship (BIOL 3939), including a maximum of three credits of BIOL 3939, may be counted toward the upper-division biology electives.
3 credits of a 4000 level BIOL course taken from UCD Biology Faculty