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Advising Guidelines for Biology and Molecular Biology

Take CHEM and MATH Readiness tests:

Accepted Incoming Freshmen – Major Courses

  • MATH 100
  • CHEM 106 or 120 (depending on placement)
  • BIOL 100


  1. For students placing out of Math 100 – determine math placement
  2. Take MATH 111 Applied Pre-Calculus, unless placing out
  3. If student does not need Math 111 then choose from below (refer to curriculum regarding math sequencing choices)
  • MATH 110 Statistics for the Biological Sciences
  • MATH 116 Calculus A
  • MATH 122 Calculus I
  • CHEM 106 or CHEM 120 (depending on placement determined by the Chemistry Readiness Test)
  • BIOL 112 or BIOL 113

Guidelines for Chemistry

It is recommended that students complete their 100 and 200 level chemistry courses in their first two years.

For currently matriculated MSU majors wishing to declare biology or molecular biology major:

If a student does not meet the conditions to be accepted into the biology or molecular biology major, the following conditions must be satisfied in order to ask to be accepted into the department:

  1. Complete the Math Readiness Test1
  2. Complete the Chemistry Readiness Test2
  3. Successfully complete MATH 100 – Intermediate Algebra* or a more advanced math course.
  4. Successfully complete CHEM 106 – Principles of Chemistry or CHEM 120 – General Chemistry I2
  5. Successfully complete BIOL 112 – Principles of Biology I or BIOL 113 – Principles of Biology II
  6. Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of your first year.

1 The Math Readiness Test is different from the Math Placement Test, which you have already taken. The Math Readiness Test will determine if you are prepared to take a level of math higher than MATH 100. Successful completion of or placement in a course higher than MATH 100 is a prerequisite to take certain courses like BIOL 112 and BIOL 113.

2 The Chemistry Readiness Test determines which level of chemistry you are prepared to take. Depending on your score on this test, you may place into either CHEM 106 or CHEM 120.

Meet with a biology advisor once you feel the conditions have been satisfied, to discuss declaring biology or molecular biology major (see contact information below).

If you decide that this is not the right major for you, plan to meet with a University College advisor who can help you select a different major that best aligns with your future career goals and academic achievement.