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Biology

The Biology major is structured, yet flexible enough to allow students to design a track to meet the requirements of the individual student’s career path. The curriculum prepares students for graduate studies, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health, or entry into the workforce upon obtaining the B.S. degree. Students may also choose a track with a secondary education endorsement. Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all discipline requirements, which include core courses and other requirements.

BIOLOGY MAJOR

General Education Courses (52 hrs)

Required Science and Mathematic Courses (72 hrs)

BIO 111 General Biology I (4)
BIO 112 General Biology II (4)

BIO 115 Writing in the Sciences (1)
BIO 201 Microbiology (4)
BIO 213 Genetics (4)
BIO 308 Comparative Anatomy (4)

BIO 315 Cell Biology (4)
BIO 350 Seminars in Biology (1)

BIO 411 Research Techniques (4)

Biology Elective Courses; see below (12)

Required Chemistry Courses (16 hrs)

CHE 101 General Chemistry I (4)
CHE 102 General Chemistry II (4)
CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry II (4)


Required Physics Courses (8 hrs)

PHY 221 College Physics I (4)
PHY 222 College Physics II (4)

Required Mathematics Courses (11 hrs)

MAT 175 Pre-Calculus (4)
MAT 201 Statistics (3)

Free Elective Course (3 hrs)

*Note: Courses marked with an asterisk are part of the General Education Core curriculum.

Total hours required for degree: 124

Biology Elective Courses

BIO 200 Intro to the Biology of Aging (3)
BIO 202 Botany (4)
BIO 300 Ecology (4)
BIO 307 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIO 321 Histology (4)
BIO 324 Principles of Physiology (4)
BIO 401 General Parasitology (4)
BIO 406 Vertebrate Embryology (4)
BIO 412 Research in Biology (4)

NSC 260 Intro. to Environmental Sci. (4)
NSC 320 Biological Chemistry (4)
NSC 330 Molecular Biology (4)

CHE 300 Biochemistry (3)
CHE 350 Environmental Chemistry (4)

 


BIOLOGY MINOR (21 hrs)

BIO 111-112 General Biology I-II (8)
BIO 115 Writing in the Sciences (1)
BIO 201 Microbiology (4)
BIO 213 Genetics (4)
BIO Elective (4)

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

In addition to the courses of the Biology Major, a selection of the following courses should be taken (note, these courses replace the required electives of the Biology Major):

Select 2 courses from Group A:

BIO 300 Ecology (4)
CHE 350 Environmental Chemistry (4)
NSC 260 Intro to Environmental Science (4)

Select 2 courses from Group B:

BIO 307 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
ECO 231 Principles of Economics (3)
GEO 203 Principles of Geography (3)

PSC 220 Intro to Public Administration (3)
PSC 230 Intro to American Government (3)

Select 1 course from Group C:

SOC 346 Cultural Anthropology (3)
SOC 358 Issues in the Urban Environment (3)