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The Department of Biology offers degree programs which prepare its graduates for a wide variety of careers. While many graduates become physicians or dentists, others employ their knowledge of biology as physician assistants, research scientists or educators. Their competency leads to important contributions to society based on a program which includes personal instruction by scholars in their field, strong laboratory resources and experiences, and broad coverage of the various areas of biology.

Degree Requirements

Biology Major - Bachelor of Science
To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology, students must earn a minimum of 39 credit hours in applicable course work in biology. The following are the minimal specific course requirements:

General Biology Sequence
BIO 120 General Biology I 3 3
BIO 121 General Biology Laboratory I 2 3
BIO 122 General Biology II 3 3
BIO 123 General Biology Laboratory II 2 3
This sequence is a prerequisite to all other biology courses in the department for biology majors.

A choice of one course from the selection of courses that addresses organismal form and function.
BIO 260 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 3 3
BIO 261 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab 2 3
BIO 451 Plant Form and Function 3 3
BIO 463 Physiology 3 3

A choice of one course from the selection of courses that addresses biological systems.
BIO 420 Evolution 3 3
BIO 448 Ecology 3 3

A choice of two courses from the selection of courses that addresses cell biology and genetics.
BIO 270 Genetics 3 3
BIO 421 Microbiology 3 3
BIO 474 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3 3

Required of all Biology majors:
BIO 290 Biostatistics 3 3
BIO 499 Social Issues 3 3

Other Requirements

  • Three biology laboratory courses, in addition to the General Biology Laboratories (BIO 121 and BIO 123), are required in the major.
  • Pre-dental track students are required to take Microbiolgy (BIO 421), Introduction to Psychology, Sociology, and two semesters of Biochemistry.

To complete the 39 hour minimum requirement, the student may choose any of the following electives after having completed the general Biology sequence and any specific course prerequisites.

  • Any of the above-listed courses in which the student has a special interest, or which are recommended by professional schools.
  • Any of the following courses: Histology, Embryology, Immunology, Animal Behavior, Human Anatomy, Human Genetics, Public Health Microbiology, Pathophysiology. With special permission, juniors and seniors may elect directed studies courses.

Biology majors must also complete the University core curriculum requirements and the following science and mathematics courses:
MTH 140* Elementary Functions 3 3
CHM 107 General Chemistry I 3 4
CHM 110 Chemistry Laboratory I 1 13
CHM 108 General Chemistry I 3 4
CHM 112 Chemistry Laboratory II 2 16
CHM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3 3
CHM 225 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2 16
CHM 226 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHM 229 Organic Chemistry II 3 3
PHY 130 General Physics I 3 3
PHY 131 General Physics Lab I 1 3
PHY 132 General Physics II 3 3
PHY 133 General Physics Lab II 1 3
These chemistry and physics courses, or their equivalent or higher courses, are required by professional schools of medicine and dentistry. A higher level mathematics course would be allowed.

Not all professional schools of medicine or dentistry recommend specific additional biology courses. Those that do, suggest courses such as comparative anatomy, histology, embryology, or genetics.

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