Earn a bachelor's degree in biology

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at St. Petersburg College prepares you to enter a range of biology careers, graduate programs or medical, dental or veterinary school. This degree offers subplans in animal sciences, biomedical sciences, cell and molecular biotechnology or ecology and organismal biology.

Our bachelor's degree in Biology is perfect if you have taken the common prerequisite classes in biology, chemistry and calculus as part of your A.A. degree or earned SPC's Biology A.A. transfer plan. Your major courses include a range of biology, chemistry, physics and math.

This degree offers subplans in

  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Biological Technicians

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Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

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Features of SPC's Bachelor of Science in Biology

  • Prepares you to work in a variety of careers in biological sciences like health care, education, conservation and research
  • You get to utilize your skills in creative problem-solving, critical thinking, analyzing, communication and information technology across various biological science disciplines
  • Gives you a foundation for graduate degrees such as a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, or to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy

Flexible by Design

We offer electives that let you focus on your interests, such as:

  • Zoology
  • Ecology
  • Immunology
  • Biotechnology
  • Marine biology
  • Plant biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Cellular biology
  • Undergraduate research

Biology Bachelor of Science


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2020 (580)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2020 (580), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Natavia Middleton
(727) 398-8288

Program Summary

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree serves primarily to educate students for laboratory and field-related careers in the Biological sciences and as a transfer curriculum for graduate and professional schools.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

26.0101: Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

Job Related Opportunities

  • A Biology-BS degree may lead to a career in the following fields: Biotechnology, Medical and Environmental laboratories, Field Biology, Research Biology, Aquaria and Zoo Biology.
  • This degree also prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic medicine.

Admission Rules

Admission requires completion of sixty (60) college-level credits from a regionally accredited institution, including:
- 15 credits of transferable general education courses,
- ENC 1101 Composition I (or equivalent),
- college level math (MAT 1100, STA 2023/H or any MAC, MTG, MAS prefix)
- cumulative gpa of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in all college courses
- completion of the state-mandated prerequisites listed below with a minimum grade of "C"

NOTE: Students should complete MAC 1147 as early as possible to ensure timely progression; this course is a Prerequisite to MAC 2311 and PHY 1053.

Graduation Rules

If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.S. program.

60 credits with at least 15 General Education credits

Grade of "C" or better required.

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Courses listed below MUST be completed prior to admission.

BSC 2010 Biology I Cellular Processes 3
BSC 2010L Biology I Cellular Processes Laboratory 1
BSC 2011 Biology II Organisms & Ecology 3
BSC 2011L Biology II Laboratory 1
CHM 2045 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Laboratory I 1
CHM 2046 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 2046L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5
MAC 2233 Applied Calculus I 3
MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 5
MAC 2234 Applied Calculus II 3
STA 2023 Elementary Statistics 3
MAC 2233 & STA 2023 are recommended for students intending to take PHY 1053 & PHY 1054.
MAC 2311 & MAC 2312 are recommended for students intending to take PHY 2048 & PHY 2049
MAC 1147 or (MAC 1140 & MAC 1114) are required prerequisite courses for MAC 2311

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Courses listed below may be completed after admission but MUST be completed in order to graduate.

CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1

Major Requirements (Complete 35 credits)

BCH 4024 Biochemistry 4
1 BSC 3017 Theory And Practice In The Biological Sciences 2
2 BSC 4931 Senior Seminar in Biology 1
PCB 3043 Ecology 3
PCB 3043L Ecology Lab 1
PCB 3063 Genetics 3
PCB 3063L Genetics Lab 1
PCB 4674 Evolutionary Biology 3
PCB 4723 Comparative Physiology 3
PCB 4723L Comparative Physiology Lab 1
MCB 3020 Microbiology 3
MCB 3020L Microbiology Lab 1
BSC 4905C Undergraduate Research in Biology 1
BSC 4940 Internship in Biological Sciences 1
PHY 1053 General Physics I 3
PHY 2048 Physics I 3
PHY 1048L Physics Laboratory I 1
PHY 1054 General Physics II 3
PHY 2049 Physics II 3
PHY 1049L Physics Laboratory II 1

Major Electives (Complete 9 credit)

Any upper division course with a prefix of BOT, BSC, CHM, MCB, PCB, or ZOO. **BSC 3096C and BSC 4032 will NOT satisfy this requirement.**
ANS 3006 Introduction to Animal Science 3
ANS 3440 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3
BSC 2419C Cell Culture 4
GIS 2040 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
HSC 3201 Community Health and Epidemiology 3

Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 16 credits)

Cellular & Molecular Biology (CMB) (Complete 4 credits)

PCB 3023 Cell Biology 3
PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory 1

Cellular & Molecular Biology (Complete minimum 12 credits)

BSC 4422C Methods and Applications in Biotechnology 4
PCB 4024 Molecular Biology 3
PCB 4233 Immunology 3
ZOO 3733C Human Anatomy with Lab 4
BSC 3931 Special Topics in Biology 1-2
BSC 3931L Special Topics in Biology Lab 1-2
BSC 3932 Scientific Communication 2

Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology (EEOB) (Complete 4 credits)

BSC 3312C Marine Biology with Lab 4

Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology (Complete minimum 12 credits)

BOT 3143C Field Botany With Lab 4
PCB 4454C Biostatistics with Lab 4
ZOO 3307 Vertebrate Zoology 3
ZOO 3307L Vertebrate Zoology Lab 1
ZOO 4513 Animal Behavior 3
ZOO 4513L Animal Behavior Lab 1
BOT 3015 Plant Biology 3
BOT 3015L Plant Biology Lab 1
BSC 3052 Conservation Biology 3
BSC 3931L Special Topics in Biology Lab 1
BSC 3931 Special Topics in Biology 1

1 BSC 3017 should be completed in first semester of program
2 BSC 4931 should be completed in last semester of program

Total Credits 120

Prepare for your bachelor's degree at SPC

St. Petersburg College offers a Biology A.A. transfer plan that prepares you for our Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

Biology B.S. Degree

Admission to the Biology BS Degree

Download program admission guide for all students admitted after term 565