Program Structure

**Did you know that you can take marine science and biology classes at Friday Harbor Laboratories, and they may count towards your Biology degree at UW Bothell?!  Check with your academic advisor for details.**


The program structure for Biological Sciences has recently changed.  Download this checklist to review prerequisite and requisite classes for the BS in Biology.  If you are curious about whether and how community college classes might transfer into a degree at UW Bothell, please visit this website.

Biology Curriculum Outline

The requirements for the Biology degree are as follows. Please be aware that:

  • You must also satisfy all General Education Requirements (Composition, Additional Writing, VLPA, I&S, etc.) to earn your degree.
  • A single course cannot satisfy more than one degree requirement. For example, B BIO 305 (The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells) can satisfy the Cell Biology, Biology & Society, or Biology Elective requirement, but not all three at once.

Prerequisites: 33 Credits

  • B CHEM 143, 144 (General Chemistry I + Lab)
  • B CHEM 153, 154 (General Chemistry II + Lab)
  • B CHEM 163, 164 (General Chemistry III + Lab)
  • B BIO 180 (Introductory Biology I)
  • B BIO 200 (Introductory Biology II)
  • B BIO 220 (Introductory Biology III)

Core Requirements: 65 Credits

  • STMATH 124 (Calculus I) or B MATH 144 (Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences)
  • BHS 215 (Statistics for Health Sciences) or STMATH 341 (Statistical Inference)
  • B PHYS 114, 117 (General Physics I + Lab) or B PHYS 121 (Mechanics/Calculus-based Physics I)
  • B PHYS 115, 118 (General Physics II + Lab) or B PHYS 122 (Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion/Calculus-based Physics II)
  • B BIO 360 (Introduction to Genetics)
  • B BIO 466 (Evolution)

Select One Option for Ecology Requirement:

  • BES 312 (Ecology)
  • B BIO 471 (Plant Ecology)

Select One Option for Cell Biology Requirement:

  • B BIO 305 (The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells)
  • B BIO 370 (Microbiology)
  • B BIO 380 (Cell Biology)

Select One Option for Physiology Requirement:

  • B BIO 351 (Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • B BIO 352 (Anatomy and Physiology II)

Note: 351 is not a prerequisite for 352

Select One Option for Investigative Biology Requirement:

  • B BIO 495 (Investigative Biology)
  • B BIO 498 (Independent Study in Biology)
  • B BIO 499 (Undergraduate Research in Biology)
  • Research from another college or university
  • Non-credit research experience (internship, paid position, etc.)

Note: You must petition for any option other than B BIO 495.

Select One Option for Biology & Society Requirement:

  • B BIO 231 (Genes, Genomes, and Heredity)
  • B BIO 232 (Embryos, Genes, and Reproductive Technology)
  • B BIO 235 (Salmon and Society)
  • B BIO 305 (The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells)
  • B BIO 310 (Brain and Behavior)
  • BES 331 (Estuarine Science and Management)
  • BES 489 (Pacific Northwest Ecosystems)
  • BIS 240 (Sustainable Practices)
  • BIS 241 (Nature and the Northwest)
  • BIS 243 (Environmental Issues)
  • BIS 307 (Environmental Justice)
  • BIS 356 (Ethics and Environment)
  • BIS 380 (Bioethics)
  • BIS 391 (Environmental History of Pacific Northwest Bioregion)
  • BIS 405 (Environmental Education)
  • BIS 411 (Biotechnology and Society)
  • BIS 459 (Conservation and Sustainable Development)
  • BISSTS 307 (Science, Technology, and Society)   

Biology Electives: 20 Credits

Electives fall into three main categories, and one “Miscellaneous” category:

  • A - Ecology/Diversity/Evolution
  • B - Cellular/Molecular Biology
  • C - Physiology/Neurobiology
  • ✓- Miscellaneous

You must choose electives from at least two out of the three main categories (A, B, or C)Miscellaneous classes (✓) are electives, but are not part of a main category. 

A - Ecology/Diversity/Evolution Electives:

  • B BIO 370 (Microbiology I)
  • B BIO 471 (Plant Ecology)
  • BES 312 (Ecology)
  • BES 316 (Ecological Methods)
  • BES 362 (Restoration Ecology)
  • BES 439 (Computer Modeling and Visualization in Environmental Science)
  • BES 462, 463, 464 (Restoration Ecology Capstone) - 10 credits total
  • BES 485 (Conservation Biology)
  • BES 488 (Wetland Ecology)
  • BES 489 (Pacific Northwest Ecosystems)
  • BES 490 (Pacific Northwest Plants in Restoration and Conservation)
  • BIS 306 (Marine Diversity and Conservation)
  • BIS 381 (History of Life)

B - Cellular/Molecular Biology Electives:

  • B BIO 370 (Microbiology I)
  • B BIO 305 (The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells)
  • B BIO 380 (Cell Biology)
  • B BIO 470 (Microbiology II)
  • B BIO 364 (Biochemistry I)
  • B BIO 365 (Biochemistry II)
  • B BIO 375 (Molecular Biology)
  • B BIO 383 (Bioinformatics)
  • B BIO 460 (Developmental Biology)

C - Physiology/Neurobiology Electives:

  • B BIO 310 (Brain & Behavior)
  • B BIO 351 (Anatomy & Phys I)
  • B BIO 352 (Anatomy & Phys II)
  • B BIO 353 (Plant Physiology)
  • B BIO 355 (Behavioral Endocrinology)
  • B BIO 385 (Animal Behavior)
  • B BIO 394 (Special Topics in Neuroscience)
  • B BIO 480 (Neurobiology)

- Miscellaneous:

  • B BIO 366 (Biochemistry Lab) - 3 credits total
  • B BIO 485 (Senior Seminar in Biology) - 2 credits total
  • B BIO 495 (Investigative Bio)
  • B BIO 498 (Independent Study)
  • B BIO 499 (UG Research)             
  • B BIO 4XX (Teaching Biology)
  • BES 460 (Water Quality)