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Lake Superior State University

Biology: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in biology combines theory and concepts of biology with intensive, hands-on experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories and a wealth of close-by field sites. Students build on a core of biology classes by selecting the physiology and taxonomy classes and other electives that best fit their interests.

The program is an excellent preparation for biology or related careers. Our graduates are currently employed as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, biological researchers, laboratory technicians, consultants and teachers. Many careers in biology require education beyond the baccalaureate degree and LSSU’s biology program has a proven record of excellent preparation for professional and graduate school.

Pre-professional studies are an important part of the biology program at LSSU. This program prepares students for entrance into medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic, and podiatry schools. Students work with a pre-professional advisor to select biology courses and electives best suited for their particular needs. Our program has an excellent reputation with the health professional schools in Michigan, Ontario, and beyond.

Degree Requirements

Biology Core (27 credits)

 Physiology (select one) (4 credits)

 Taxonomy Directed Elective (select one) (3-4 credits)

 Biology Electives (17 credits)

A minimum of 12 hours must be from 300 or 400 level courses. At least one physiology, taxonomy, or biology elective must be at the 400 level.

Support Courses (23-27 credits)

  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM220 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Science 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3


A university-approved minor is required.  Students selecting a minor in chemistry must complete an additional 8 hours of lecture and laboratory courses in the physical sciences including courses with the prefix CHEM, PHYS, GEOL, or GEOG.

Free Electives (3-10 credits)

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 125 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements. 

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