Biology - Bachelor of Science
The major in biology provides a solid academic base for those planning to enter any of the various fields of the biological sciences. The program allows considerable latitude. Degree plans for specific areas of interest can be obtained from the Biology Success Center in Foster Hall room 204.
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.
|Area I: Communications||10|
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
|Area II: Mathematics||4|
|Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 2||4|
|Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences||11|
|General Physics for Life Sciences I||3|
or PHYS 211G
|General Physics I|
|Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I||1|
or PHYS 211GL
|General Physics I Laboratory|
|General Physics for Life Sciences II||3|
or PHYS 212G
|General Physics II|
|Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II||1|
or PHYS 212GL
|General Physics II Laboratory|
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences coure (3 credits) 1
|Area V: Humanities 1||3|
|Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 1||3|
|General Education Elective|
|Natural History of Life|
and Natural History of Life Laboratory (Departmental Requirement)
|Viewing a Wider World 3||6|
|BIOL 211G||Cellular and Organismal Biology||3|
|BIOL 211GL||Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIOL 301||Principles of Ecology||3|
|BIOL 305||Principles of Genetics||3|
|BIOL 377||Cell Biology||3|
|BIOL 455||Biometry 4||3|
|or A ST 311||Statistical Applications|
|Select sufficient upper-division biology electives to bring total upper-division credits to 28. 5||13|
|Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)|
|CHEM 111G||General Chemistry I||4|
|or CHEM 115||Principles of Chemistry I|
|CHEM 112G||General Chemistry II||4|
|or CHEM 116||Principles of Chemistry II|
|Organic Chemistry Requirement||4-8|
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
|BCHE 341||Survey of Biochemistry||3-4|
|or BCHE 395||Biochemistry I|
|Second Language Requirement 6||0-8|
The number of credits required to satisfy this requirement will vary depending on the option a student choses. See the Biology Department Overview in the catalog for a list of options.
|Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 7||32-19|
Select sufficient electives to bring the total to 120 credits, including at least 48 upper-division credits.
See the General Education Section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Only BIOL 455 will count as Departmental Requirements, students taking A ST 311 will need 3 more credits of upper-division Biology.
At least one upper-division course must include a laboratory and/or field experience. The laboratory/field requirement can be satisfied by any BIOL course above the 300 level that includes a laboratory or is a field course—including BIOL 350 Special Topics or BIOL 450 Special Topics.
Second Language: See the Biology Department Overview in the catalog for a list of options.
Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The elective credits in the requirement list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may vary depending on the degree. Students may need to complete more or less courses on a case-by-case basis and each student should discuss this with their advisor.