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Biological Sciences

Retention and Academic Standards

Students should show satisfactory academic progress to be retained in a degree program.

Students may be dropped from the biology major for any of the following reasons:

  • grade point average of 1.0 or below in any term

  • cumulative grade point average of lower than 2.0 in the major at any time

  • any combination of withdrawal, incomplete, and failing grades in 50 percent or more of the courses for which the student is registered during two successive terms

  • any combination of three withdrawal, incomplete, or failing grades in any single required course in Biology.


For readmission, students must meet the same admission requirements as students entering the program for the first time.

All students pursuing a major in the biological sciences must adhere to the following academic standards in addition to those listed above:

  • A grade of C or better is required in each of the major core courses (150, 151, 220) before proceeding to the next core course

  • No more than four hours of D grades may be counted in the 38 hours required for a major in biological sciences

  • The GPA in the major is based on all courses attempted in the major

  • Any student who receives four grades of D, F or WF in biology courses numbered 220 or lower is no longer permitted to enroll in biology classes for credit toward a biology major

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