Biology - Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum is intended for students who desire a broad education with emphasis in biology in a program chosen by the student in consultation with an academic advisor. The Bachelor of Arts is recommended for those who plan to teach at the primary levels or to use a background in life science in business or other endeavors.

Requirements

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 23-4
Applications of Calculus I3
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory (Departmental Requirement)
4
Viewing a Wider World 36
Departmental Requirements
BIOL 2110G
BIOL 2110L
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 301Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 377Cell Biology3
BIOL 467Evolution3
Biology Electives12
Select sufficient upper-division biology electives to bring total upper-division credits to 24. 4
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
Organic Chemistry Requirement4-8
Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory4
OR
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
8
Select 3-4 credits from one of the following departments: astronomy, computer science, geology or physics3-4
Second Language Requirement (See below)0-8
The number of credits required to satisfy this requirement will vary depending on the option a student choses.
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 531-45
Selective sufficient electives to bring the total to 120, including at least 48 upper-division credits.
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in Biology there is a one year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
4-8
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
French I
and French II
4-8
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
German I
and German II
4-8
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
4-8
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
4-8
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
3-6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
3-6
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 1120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 1120Mandarin Chinese II4
or FREN 1120 French II
or GRMN 1120 German II
or JAPN 1120 Japanese II
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 1120/1220/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 1220 Spanish for Heritage Learners II
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
MATH 1220G College Algebra 1 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory 1
4
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits17
Semester 2
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 1 4
CHEM 1121 General Supplemental Instruction I 1
BIOL 2110G
BIOL 2110L
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
Choose from one of the following: 3-4
Applications of Calculus I 1  
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  
Choose from one of the following Area I Oral Communication General Education Courses: 3
Introduction to Communication  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
 Credits15-16
Second Year
Semester 1
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 3
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 1 4
CHEM 1122 General Supplemental Instruction II 1
BIOL 305 Principles of Genetics 1 3
Elective Course 3 4
 Credits15
Semester 2
BIOL 377 Cell Biology 1 3
First Course in Second Language Series 3-4
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Semester 1
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 1 3
CHEM 303 Organic Supplemental Instruction I 1
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
Next Second Language Course in Series 1 3-4
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 4 3
Elective Course 3 2
 Credits15-16
Semester 2
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
Science Elective Course with prefix ASTR, C S, GEOL or PHYS 4
Elective Course 3 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Semester 1
BIOL 301 Principles of Ecology 1 3
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 4 3
Upper-division Elective Course 3 3
Upper-division Elective Course 3 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
BIOL 467 Evolution 3
Upper-division Elective Course 1 3
Elective Course 3 4
Elective Course 3 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120-123