Applying to Your Major/Minor

Biology
Admission to a major or minor is based on successfully completing the minimum course requirements.  Biology faculty advisors work closely with students to help identify the most appropriate degree path to meet the student's long-term goals.

Application to the Biology Major

The application for Biology major status should be made no later than the beginning of the junior year, after completion of the sequence in general biology. Transfer students are eligible to apply after successful completion of at least one 5-credit upper-division biology course at SPU.

Applications are considered individually by the biology faculty, but the normal minimum requirement for admission is based on your GPA in biology courses taken at SPU.

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses taken at SPU is necessary if you are applying to the BA Life Sciences major.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in biology courses taken at SPU is necessary if you are applying to the BA Biology, BS Biology, BS Cellular & Molecular Biology, or BS Ecology majors.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in biology courses taken at SPU is necessary if you are applying to the BS Applied Human Biology or BS Physiology majors.

To apply for a Biology major, you must make a formal application through your Degree Status Check page in Banner. You will need to be admitted to a major before taking most upper-division biology courses. You must complete the major requirements in effect when you are admitted to the major. This brief video explains how to apply through Banner.

Application to the Biology Minor

Applications for a minor in Biology or in Bioethics and Humanities are considered individually by the biology faculty, but the normal minimum requirement for admission to the Biology minor will be a GPA of 2.5 in biology courses taken at SPU. A student must complete the minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the minor.

To apply to the Biology minor or to the Bioethics and Humanities minor, you must make a formal application through your Degree Status Check page in Banner. This brief video explains how to apply through Banner.

Meet The Dean

Meet the Chair

Derek Wood, PhD, is an associate professor of biology and chair of the Biology Department.

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