Department of Biology

Curriculum for Biology Majors

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology require
the following core courses: 
BIO 111
Introductory Cell Biology 3 sh
BIO 113 Cell Biology Lab 1 sh
BIO 131 Biodiversity 4 sh
BIO 212 Introductory Population Biology 3 sh
BIO 214 Population Biology Lab 1 sh
BIO 245 Principles of Genetics 3 sh
BIO 246 Genetics Lab 1 sh
BIO 261 Introductory Seminar 2 sh
CHM 111 General Chemistry I 4 sh
CHM 112 General Chemistry II 4 sh
MTH 220/STS 212* Statistics in Application 4 sh
BIO 462 Senior Seminar 2 sh
  Integrative Biology elective at 300-400 level 4 sh
 
In addition, a required experiential component selected from the one of the following:
  • Internship
  • Research
 
 Total core courses: 36 sh    
*Students not placed in MTH 220/STS 212 will need to take MTH 110 prior to taking MTH 220/STS 212.
 
 

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Biology requires the following courses:

  Core courses in Biology 36 sh
  Chooses electives from the following: 20 sh
BIO Electives at the 200/300/400 level  
CHM 211 Organic Chemistry I  
PHY 201 General Physics I  
 TOTAL:56 sh

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology: Integrative Biology requires the following courses:

  Core Courses in Biology 36sh 
PHY 201 General Physics I 4 sh
PHY 202 General Physics II 4 sh
BIO 262  Experimental Design 2 sh
 20 semester hours of 200-400 level biology electives from the following list. Four semester hours must be completed from the Biotechnology/Molecular Biology concentration elective list below. 

    20sh 

BIO 315 Animal Physiology/Lab  
BIO 316 Developmental Biology/Lab  
BIO 318 Comparative Vertebrate Structure and Function/Lab  
BIO 321 Microbiology/Lab  
BIO 331 Animal Behavior/Lab  
BIO 333 Microbial Ecology  
BIO 334 Herpetology/Lab  
BIO 335 Field Biology  
BIO 341 Botany/Lab  
BIO 342 Aquatic Biology/Lab  
BIO 344 Evolution/Lab  
BIO 346 Wetlands Ecology/Lab  
BIO 347 Dendrology/Lab  
BIO 350 Ecology/Lab  
BIO                        370-79     Special Topics  
BIO 442 Plant Physiology/Lab  
BIO 499 Research  
  Biotechnology/Molecular Biology Electives   
BIO 254 Principles of Biochemistry/Lab  
BIO 327 Immunology  
BIO 348 Biotechnology/Lab  
BIO 361 Cancer Biology  
BIO 370-79 Special Topics Seminar  
BIO 328 Biochemical Basis of Disease  
BIO 422 Molecular and Cellular  
BIO 445 Advanced Genetics Lab  
BIO 499 Research (topic dependent)  
CHM 351 Biochemistry I/Lab  
 TOTAL:66 sh                  

 

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology: Foundations for Medical Sciences requires the following courses:

Students can pursue one of two directions within this concentration: Human/Veterinary Medical Disciplines or Allied Health/Therapy
 
  Core Courses in Biology 36 sh
 Human or Veterinary disciplines 16 sh
CHM 211 Organic Chemistry I/Lab  
CHM 212 Organic Chemistry II/Lab  
PHY 201 General Physics I  
PHY 202 General Physics II  
 Allied Health or Therapy disciplines  
 Choose 8 hours from the following: 8 sh
CM 211 Organic Chemistry/Lab  
PHY 201 General Physics I  
BIO 263 Human Anatomy/Lab  
BIO 264 Human Physiology/Lab  
 In addition, students are to complete 16 semester hours (Human or Veterinary Medical disciplines) or 24 semester hours (Allied Health or Therapy disciplines) of 200-400 level biology electives listed below. (required courses cannot be counted in electives) 16 or                                 24 sh
BIO 254 Principles of Biochemistry/Lab  
BIO 253 Microbiology for Health Professionals/Lab  
BIO 263 Human Anatomy/Lab  
BIO 264 Human Physiology/Lab  
BIO 315 Animal Physiology/Lab  
BIO 318 Comparative Vertebrate Structure and Function/Lab  
BIO 319 Comparative Vertebrate Neurobiology  
BIO 321 Microbiology/Lab  
BIO 325 Human Histology/Lab  
BIO 328 Biocheical Basis of Disease  
BIO 343 Clinical Anatomy/Lab  
BIO 361 Cancer Biology  
BIO                                       370-79     Special Topics  
BIO 422 Mollecular and Cellular  
BIO 445 Advanced Genetics/Lab  
BIO 499 Research  
CHM 212 Organic Chemistry  
CHM 351 Biochemistry I/Lab  
PHY 202 General Physics II  
 TOTAL68 sh

 

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology: Biotechnology/Molecular Biology requires the following courses:

  Core courses in Biology 36 sh
 Choose 24 hours from the following courses: 24 sh
  CHM 211 Organic Chemistry I w/Lab  
  CHM 212 Organic Chemistry II w/Lab  
  BIO 422 Molecular and Cellular   
  One set of courses from the following:  
PHY 201/201 General Physics I and II  
PHY 221/222 University Physics I and II  
  One of the following courses:  
BIO 348 Biotechnology  
BIO 445 Advanced Genetics/Lab  
 Choose 8 hours from the following courses: 8 sh
BIO 254 Principles of Biochemistry/Lab  
BIO 321 Microbiology/Lab  
BIO 327 Immunology  
BIO 328 Biochemical Basis of Disease  
BIO 348 Biotechnology/Lab  
BIO 361 Cancer Biology  
BIO 370-79 Special Topics  
BIO 445 Advanced Genetics/Lab  
BIO 499 Research  
CHM 351 Biochemistry I/Lab  
 TOTAL:68 sh
Students may count up to four semester hours of BIO 499.
Students may count up to eight semester hours from special topics Seminars (non-lab BIO courses at the 300-400 level).
Students may count up to eight semester hours from 200 level BIO electives.
Students cannot count both 200-300 level courses of the same topic (Biochemistry, Anatomy, Microbiology) toward elective credits. 
 
 
 
This page was updated July 3, 2014.

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