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University of Pittsburgh Bradford    
2020-2021 Bradford Campus Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2021
2020-2021 Bradford Campus Catalog

Biology, BS

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Contact: Dr. Denise Pierchnik

The biology major prepares students for various careers in biology and for graduate or professional studies. Biology is a common entry point into the health sciences, including schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, chiropractic medicine, physical and occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Degree Requirements

Course requirements in the major

Other required courses

The mathematic requirement may be satisfied by taking any one of the following:

The physics requirement may be satisfied by taking any of the following:

Total credits required for the major: 57-60

Students interested in applying to schools of chiropractic, dentistry/dental medicine, medicine, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine must complete one year of Organic Chemistry with labs (CHEM 0206 , 0207 , 0208 , and 0209 ); one year of General Physics with labs (PHYS 0101  and 0102  or 0201 , 0202 , 0203 , and 0204 ); and one semester of Calculus (Math 0140 ).

General Education Program Requirements and Electives-Variable

(See General Education Program  and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree  under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

Please be advised

Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

Suggested Course of Study

Math option Precalculus for Business Majors,

Credits: 29-31

Credits: 30

Third Year

  • Upper-level biology electives - 8 Credits
  • General education or elective courses - 18-19 Credits

Credits: 30


Students seeking secondary teacher certification in biology should meet with an advisor in biology each semester to plan their course of study in biology and with the director of teacher education each semester to plan their course of study in education. Please refer to the section on Education Programs for further details.

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