Why Choose Biology?
The B.S. Biology programs provides a quality bachelors degree in biology. Ferris is a recognized leader in vocational education, and students take 36 or more credit hours in biology courses plus eight or more semester credit hours in biology-related courses. The B.S. Biology program is individually designed, matching the abilities of each student with his/her academic interests. The B.S. Biology program at Ferris is flexible, allowing students of differing abilities and interests to choose a program of study that best fits them. The program also incorporates applied courses from the Ferris College of Health Professions and College of Pharmacy, creating a unique bachelors degree in biology.
Graduates of the B.S. Biology program are in high demand in the science and technology industry and may enter highly competitive professional programs. Students wishing to complete a health professions science degree program can work toward a bachelors degree in applied biology to increase their knowledge of basic science and increase their chances for employment advancement. Students may also choose to use this degree as a prerequisite for advanced study, such as medicine, dentistry or Optometry. Students may also choose to use their bachelors degree to pursue advanced degrees in the biological sciences. Because admission to advanced programs is competitive, academic excellence as an undergraduate is important.
First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT/SAT16 scores for admission review.
General Education Requirements
All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here
Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.
Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.
The Biology program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall. Students may earn only one B.S. degree in Biology from Ferris State University.
PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Kim Ducat
PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Jenice Winowiecki
Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
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Biology Major - Minimum 121 Credits
Anatomy and Physiology
300 level or higher (consult advisor)
Supporting Sciences - 24-37 Credits
MATH 120 or higher