The biological sciences major offers concentrations in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology; ecology and evolutionary biology; and microbiology.
Continuing, returning, and transfer students must meet progression requirements before declaring a major in biological sciences.
To declare biological sciences as a major, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0, be in good academic standing and have completed CHEM 120*-CHEM 130* and BIOL 150* or BIOL 158* with a minimum grade of C.
An honors option is offered to selected students who have completed the required 300-level microbiology courses. In addition to the requirements for the biological sciences major – microbiology concentration, an honors option requires:
A minimum GPA of 3.3 in microbiology concentration courses.
A minimum GPA of 3.25 for all UTK courses (this is a University requirement for an honors degree).
Completion of two semesters of independent research taken as MICR 401 and MICR 402.
An honors thesis based on the independent research project undertaken during MICR 401 and MICR 402.
Twelve hours of honors coursework which must include at least 6 hours of 400-level microbiology courses via honors-by-contract. Neither MICR 401 nor MICR 402 can be taken as honors-by-contract.