Students should declare the core in the second semester of their sophomore year, or later, after demonstrating an ability to maintain a high enough cumulative grade point average (3.00) to make them competitive for graduate school. Once declared, students will now be given some priority for these courses that are not necessarily required for graduation with their major.

The Graduate School Preparation Core for Biological Sciences

CH 2324 Organic Chemistry
CH 4034 Biochemistry
MA 2333 Calculus I
MA 3263 Biometry
PS 2004 Physics: Mechanics and Energy

At least one of the following:

BI 3654 Microbiology
BI 4243 Genetics and Molecular Biology
CH 4044 Environmental Chemistry
ES 3213 Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GL 2033 Geology of Environmental Problems
GL 3044 Surface and Groundwater Hydrology
GL 4003 Global Change
MA 3443 Calculus II
PS 2014 Physics: Heat, Electricity and Magnetism

Requirements for declaring the Graduate School Preparation Core:

  • Student must have and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00
  • Student must have earned a minimum of 45 credits
  • Student must submit written confirmation of completion of the GRE Practice Test in Career Services.