Aug 12, 2020  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, BS

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Biology Major Requirements

The Biology program provides instruction in the fundamental theories, principles, and techniques of biological science. The courses are especially designed for students who are interested in engaging in fundamental and industrial research, teaching biology, allied health professions, environmental sciences, bio-technology, the medical, or dental professions, or veterinary medicine; or in pursuing advanced degrees in the life sciences. Faculty members aid students in planning individual programs geared toward meeting the students' academic and career goals.

Biology majors must earn a grade of "C" or better in major courses. The requirements for the Biology major are:


* BIOL 106 - Fundamentals of Cell Biology  is to be taken as a Natural Science GER.

Biology majors may substitute BIOL 213 - Morphology of Vascular Plants for BIOL 204 - Vertebrate Structure and Development . Biology majors (Teacher Certification) and Pre-health may substitute BIOL 201  and BIOL 203 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  for BIOL 204 - Vertebrate Structure and Development . When substituting Human Anatomy and Physiology for Vertebrate Structure and Development, both parts of Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits) must be taken in order to receive the equivalent 4 credits for BIOL 204 . Electives may be selected from any 300 or 400 level course.

Chemistry Requirements

Biology majors must take the following courses in chemistry and earn at least a grade of "C" or higher.

Physics and Mathematics Requirements

Additional requirements for the Biology Major in Physics and Mathematics. The following courses must also be passed with a "C" grade or higher:

Comprehensive Exit Examination

Biology majors must also successfully pass a comprehensive exit examination during the Spring of their senior year and complete a senior thesis.

Level I (Freshman)

Fall Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 18

Level II (Sophomore)

Total Semester Credits: 17

Total Semester Credits: 14

Level III (Junior)

Total Semester Credits: 17

Spring Semester

Total Semester Credits: 17

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total Semester Credits: 13

Total Credits: 123

*General Education Requirement

**University Graduation Requirement *ORIE 101 - FRESHMAN SEMINAR (1HR.) & MISY 151 TECH FLUENCY (3HRS.)= 4 HRS.

Major Course

Or any 2 part 200 level History

or any ENGL 200 level or above

BIOL 101  or BIOL 107  or CHEM 101  or PHSC 101  or PHSC 103  

PHIL 103  or PHIL 102  

† or IDIS 103  or any Foreign Language or ART 105  or MUSC 201  or DANC 226  or THEA 211  

‡ or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202  or SPCH 204  or GEOG 102  

General Elective - any University course

Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options.

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