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. Suggested course sequences for specific areas of interest within biology can be obtained from the Biology Success Center.

Requirements

Nondepartmental Requirements
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
Organic Chemistry Requirement4-8
Organic Chemistry4
OR
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
8
BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry3-4
or BCHE 395 Biochemistry I
BIOL 455Biometry (preferred)3
or A ST 311 Statistical Applications
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
or PHYS 221G General Physics for Life Sciences I
PHYS 212GGeneral Physics II3
or PHYS 222G General Physics for Life Sciences II
PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory1
or PHYS 221GL Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
PHYS 212GLGeneral Physics II Laboratory1
or PHYS 222GL Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II
Departmental Requirements
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory1
BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology3
BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 301Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 377Cell Biology3
BIOL 467Evolution3
Select sufficient upper-division biology electives to bring total upper-division credits to 28. 116
General Education Requirements35
Viewing a Wider World6
Electives13
Select sufficient electives to bring the total to 120 credits, including at least 48 upper-division credits.
Second Language Requirement (required-see below):
Total Credits120-125
1

At least one upper-division course must include 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 a field trip—including BIOL 350 Special Topics or BIOL 450 Special Topics.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in the Biology there is a one year second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Complete two semesters from the following:
CHIN 111Elementary Chinese I4
or FREN 111 Elementary French I
or GER 111 Elementary German I
or JPNS 111 Elementary Japanese I
or SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or JPNS 112 Elementary Japanese II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
For Heritage Learners:
SPAN 213Spanish for Heritage Learners II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III
or PORT 213 Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
or PORT 214 Portuguese for Romance Language Students II

Option 2:

Complete two semesters of American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
C D 374American Sign Language I3
C D 375American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Challenge the 112 level for the following courses:
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 213 level for the following courses:
PORT 213Portuguese for Romance Language Students I3
or SPAN 213 Spanish for Heritage Learners II

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 two 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.