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. Students entering Texas State with fewer than 16 credit hours completed after high school graduation will be required to take US 1100. All others will be exempt from taking this course. Students may be required to earn an additional elective to reach the 120 minimum total credit hour requirement for the awarding of a degree.
  6. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  7. 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.
  8. Students in this concentration must complete MATH 2328, [BIO 3421 or BIO 3426], [BIO 3425 or BIO 4464], and PSY 1300.
  9. 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 [TCCN BIOL 1306])3BIO 1331 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN BIOL 1307])3
BIO 11301BIO 11311
CHEM 1341
CHEM 1141
4CHEM 1342
CHEM 1142
US 11001Communication Component Code 0103
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3American History Component Code 0603
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3 
 15 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO 24504BIO 24004
CHEM 2341
CHEM 2141
4CHEM 2342
CHEM 2142
American History Component Code 0603Creative Arts Component Code 050 [HUMA 1315]3
MATH 2321 or 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020 [TCCN MATH 2313 or MATH 2413])3-4POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
 MATH 23283
 14-15 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO 3425 or 44644BIO 3426 or 342134
Component Area Option Codes 0903Component Area Option Codes 0903
PHIL 1320 or 1305 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 2306 or PHIL 1301)13Choose 4 hours from the following:4
Choose 4 hours from the following:4 
 PSY 1300 (Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 [TCCN PSYC 2301])3
 14 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIO Advanced Electives2,34-5BIO 43013
Minor/Advanced Electives8BIO Advanced Electives2,36-7
BIO 44164Minor/Advanced Electives3
 Free Electives4
 16-17 16-17
Total Hours: 120-123

While PHIL 1305 or PHIL 1320 are strongly preferred, the department will allow other Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 courses to satisfy this requirement.


Biology advanced electives are 3000-4000 level Biology courses.


Students may apply only one course from [BIO 3421 or BIO 3426] towards the biology major requirements.