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.

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
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Physics for Life Science I3
Algebra-Based Physics I
Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I1
Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
General Physics for Life Science II3
Algebra-Based Physics II
Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II1
Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences coure (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/College 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 455Biometry 43
or A ST 311 Statistical Applications
BIOL 467Evolution3
Select sufficient upper-division biology electives to bring total upper-division credits to 28. 518
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
CHEM 1215GGeneral Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
or CHEM 1216 General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
CHEM 1225GGeneral Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
or CHEM 1226 General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
Organic Chemistry Requirement4-8
Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory4
OR
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
8
BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry3-4
or BCHE 395 Biochemistry I
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 120 614-27
Select sufficient electives to bring the total to 120 credits, including at least 48 upper-division credits.
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science 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
BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution 1 3
BIOL 2610L Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory 1 1
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
Elective Course 1
 Credits15
Semester 2
MATH 1250G Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus 1 4
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 Area I General Education Courses: 3
Introduction to Communication  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
 Credits16
Second Year
Semester 1
MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1 4
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 1 4
CHEM 1122 General Supplemental Instruction II 1
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 3
BIOL 305 Principles of Genetics 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
BIOL 377 Cell Biology 1 3
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
First Second Language Course in Series 3-4
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Semester 1
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 1 3
CHEM 303 Organic Supplemental Instruction I 1
PHYS 2230G
PHYS 2230L
General Physics for Life Science I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I 1
4
Second Second Language Course in Series 1 3-4
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Elective Course 1
 Credits15-16
Semester 2
PHYS 2240G
PHYS 2240L
General Physics for Life Science II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II 1
4
CHEM 314
CHEM 315
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
5
CHEM 304 Organic Supplemental Instruction II 1
Choose from one of the following: 3
Biometry 1  
Statistical Applications 1  
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Semester 1
BCHE 395 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 301 Principles of Ecology 3
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
BIOL 467 Evolution 3
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
Upper-division Biology Elective Course 1 3
Additional Elective Course 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits120-122