First Year Scheduling Recommendations
for Students Interested in the
Biology Major


  1. See "Preliminary Notes" in Arts & Sciences for recommendations concerning a First Year Seminar and a Writing course.
  2. Introductory Biology I (BIOL 141P) in the fall and Introductory Biology II (BIOL 142P) in the spring. Students who have AP/IB or transfer credit for BIOL 141P or both BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P sometimes choose to decline credit and take the course(s) at Stetson to build a better understanding of the foundational materials covered in the course(s). It is very important for students to discuss the courses they have taken and their educational/career goals with a faculty member in the Biology department prior to making a decision to accept or decline AP/IB and transfer credit.
  3. Mathematics: Biology majors are required to have MATH 125Q or MATH 130. Students who struggle a little with mathematics are strongly encouraged to take MATH 125Q during their first year to help prepare them for BIOL 243Q Biostatistics which they will be taking in their second year. Students who are interested in Pre-Health or plan to pursue a graduate degree should take MATH 130, but it does not have to be taken in the first semester.

Revised: 05/16/11