Minimum GPA Required for Admission to the Major: 2.50
Admission Policies: Prospective majors with GPAs less than 2.50, but at least 2.30 may be admitted on probationary status. Students who enter on probation must meet with an adviser to establish a probationary course of study. Specific details pertaining to probationary status can be found in the College of Sciences listing of the undergraduate catalog.
Transfer Policies: Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50. All students are required to meet with an adviser to determine course work that can be used to satisfy degree requirements. The last 30 credit hours must be taken at UNLV.
Although rare, it is possible for superior pre-professional students to gain admission to a professional school upon completion of 94 units of undergraduate work. Such students may, under certain circumstances, be awarded a bachelor's degree from UNLV upon successfully completing one year of full-time study with courses equivalent to the Department of Biological Sciences major at the professional school. To apply for a degree after one year of professional school, students must have completed 94 units at UNLV with a GPA of 3.5 and meet university and college graduation requirements. Students contemplating such a program must obtain approval from the departmental chair and college dean in advance of their departure from UNLV.
Community College Articulation: The department of biological sciences has course articulation agreements with several community colleges both within and outside Nevada. For specific information about transfer of credits from two-year institutions, students should seek advising about specific courses of study from the department.
Academic Policies: In addition to the general education core requirements, all study courses must include a minimum of 39 credits in the biological sciences and satisfy the specific requirements of one of the five concentration areas offered by the department. In accord with UNLV requirements, at least 40 credits must be earned in upper-division level courses. This requirement may be satisfied by selecting courses within and outside the Department of Biological Sciences.
To graduate with a degree in the biological sciences, a GPA of at least 2.00 must be maintained for all courses in the major field (BIO). All BIO core courses taken (BIO 189, 196, 197, 300, and 415) must be passed with a grade of C- or better to fulfill prerequisites for other upper-division courses or to apply toward the Bachelor of Science degree in the biological sciences.