Double Major in History and Biology

How to Enhance Your Pre-Rrofessional Education with a Second Major in History: 

  • Choose a history research topic related to your field of study (science, medicine, health, etc.) 
  • Earn Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Standing (3.0 overall GPA and 3.1 in major) 
  • Take a leadership role in the local Phi Alpha Theta chapter 
  • Present your History research at a Phi Alpha Theta regional or national conference or at NCUR
  • Choose coursework connected to your intended geographical area of work (Southern, Global, American) 
  • Work an internship to demonstrate community involvement 

What Employers/Professional Schools/Graduate Programs Appreciate: 

  • Historians' ability to communicate orally and in writing 
  • Historians' ability to understand how the past affects the present (patient and family medical history!) 
  • Historians' sensitivity towards the struggles of groups and individuals 
  • Historians' meticulous work at documenting their research and study 
  • Historians' appreciation for multi-causality 
  • Historians' recognition of the importance and consequences of group and individual decision-making 

OPTION 1  For the students who are calculus ready  

 YearFall Spring 
 First YearINT 101 or GBK 101 (4)
UNV 101 (1) First Year Experience
CHM 111 (4) General Chemistry I
STA 126 (3) or MAT 191 (4) Statistics or Calc.
HIS (3) Gen Ed Course in Religious Heritage (160),
Western Heritage (110 or 165), or
Artistic Expressions (145)
HIS Gen Ed-W (4) in Religious Heritage (160),  
Western Heritage (110 or 165) or 
Artistic Expressions (145)
CHM 112 (4) General Chemistry II
BIO 211(5) Intro Biology I 


 Second YearBIO 212 (5) Introductory Biology II
CHM 221 (4) Organic Chemistry I
Gen Ed Non-HIS Religious Heritage,
Western Heritage, or Artistic Expressions(3)
HIS 295 (3) Historian's Craft 
BIO 300-2,310 (4) Organismal or Genetics
CHM 222 (4) Organic Chemistry II
INT 201 (4) Building Community
HIS 210 (3) Twentieth Century World History 

 Third Year  BIO 370 (4) Ecology
BIO 465 (4) Biochemistry
Gen Ed FLL (4)
HIS 3XX (3) Pre-Modern European Group 
BIO 300-2,310 (4) Organismal or Genetics
PHY 141 (4) Physics I
Gen Ed FLL (4)
HIS 395 (3) Studies in Historiography
 Fourth YearPHY 142 (4)—Physics II (pre-Med only)
BIO non-lab (3)
INT 301 (3) Engaging the World
HIS 3XX (3) Modern European Group
HIS 495 (3) Senior Research Seminar in HIS
BIO non-lab (3)
BIO lab (4)
Gen Ed Social and Behavior Sciences (3)
HIS 3XX (3) American Group
HIS 3XX (3) Any group

NOTE:  Additional HIS 3XX (3) course required from any content group from any term or summer. 

OPTION 2  For the students who are not calculus ready  

 YearFall Spring 
 First YearINT 101 or GBK 101 (4)
UNV 101 (1) First Year Experience
MAT 133 (4) College Algebra
HIS (3) Gen Ed Course in Religious Heritage (160),
Western Heritage (110 or
165), or Artistic Expressions (145)
Gen Ed FLL (4) 
HIS Gen Ed-W (4) in Religious Heritage (160),  
Western Heritage (110 or 165), or Artistic      
Expressions (145)  
PHY 141 (4) Physics I
STA 126 (3) or
MAT 191 (4) Statistics or Calc.
Gen Ed FLL (4) 
 Second YearCHM 111 (4) General Chemistry I
PHY 142 (4)—pre-Med only
Gen Ed Non-HIS Religious Heritage,
 Western Heritage, or
Artistic Expressions(3)
HIS 295 (3) Historian's Craft
CHM 112 (4) General Chemistry II
BIO 211(5) Intro Biology I
INT 201 (4) Building Community
HIS 210 (3) Twentieth Century World History
 Third YearCHM 221 (4) Organic Chemistry I
BIO 212 (5) Intro Biology II
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
HIS 3XX (3) Pre-Modern European Group 
CHM 222 (4) Organic Chemistry II
BIO 300-2,310 (4) Organismal or Genetics
BIO non-lab (3)
HIS 395 (3) Studies in Historiography
 Fourth YearINT 301 (3) Engaging the World
BIO 465 (4) Biochemistry
BIO 370 (4) Ecology
HIS 495 (3) Senior Research Seminar   
BIO non-lab (3)
BIO lab (4)
BIO 300-2, 310 (4) Organismal or Genetics
HIS 3XX (3) Modern European Group

NOTE: HIS 3XX American History Group and 2 additional HIS 3XX from any group required from any terms or summers.