Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Biology (Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration)

Minimum required: 120-123 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  3. Students must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors. The recommended minor is Chemistry or Biochemistry. Minor and electives should be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.
  4. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  5. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  6. If two years of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.
  7. Students in this concentration must complete MATH 2328, [BIO 3421 or BIO 3426], [BIO 3425 or BIO 4464], PHIL 1320, and PSY 1300.
  8. For transfer students, 24 semester credit hours in biology, chemistry and physics (or their equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Biology Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    BIO 1330Functional Biology3
    TCCN: BIOL 1306
    BIO 1130Functional Biology Laboratory1
    TCCN: BIOL 1106
    BIO 1331Organismal Biology3
    TCCN: BIOL 1307
    BIO 1131Organismal Biology Laboratory1
    TCCN: BIOL 1107
    CHEM 1341General Chemistry I3
    TCCN: CHEM 1311
    CHEM 1141General Chemistry Laboratory I1
    TCCN: CHEM 1111
    CHEM 1342General Chemistry II3
    TCCN: CHEM 1312
    CHEM 1142General Chemistry Laboratory II1
    TCCN: CHEM 1112
    CHEM 2341Organic Chemistry I3
    TCCN: CHEM 2323
    CHEM 2141Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
    TCCN: CHEM 2123
    PHYS 1315General Physics I3
    TCCN: PHYS 1301
    PHYS 1115General Physics I Laboratory1
    TCCN: PHYS 1101
    Total Hours24

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO 1330 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3BIO 1331 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3
BIO 11301BIO 11311
CHEM 1341
CHEM 1141
4CHEM 1342
CHEM 1142
US 11001Communication Component Code 0103
Communication Component Code 0103American History Component Code 0603
Government/Political Science Component Code 0703 
 15 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO 24504BIO 24004
CHEM 2341
CHEM 2141
4CHEM 2342
CHEM 2142
American History Component Code 0603Creative Arts Component Code 0503
MATH 2321 or 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020)3-4Government/Political Science Component Code 0703
 MATH 23283
 14-15 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO 3425 or 44644BIO 3426 or 34214
Component Area Option Codes 090, 091, 092, 093 and 0943Component Area Option Codes 090, 091, 092, 093 and 0943
PHIL 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040)3Choose 4 hours from the following:4
Choose 4 hours from the following:4 
 PSY 1300 (Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3
 14 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO Advanced Electives14-5BIO 43013
Minor/Advanced Electives8BIO Advanced Electives16-7
BIO 44164Minor/Advanced Electives3
 Free Electives4
 16-17 16-17
Total Hours: 120-123