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Bachelor of Science in Biology

Degree Requirements 2019-2020

Students majoring in Biology will earn a Bachelor of Science degree.  BS biology majors may reduce their general education program by one or two courses. See Bachelor of Science/Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF) Waiver in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

The total number of required courses in the department is nine courses. There are additional required supporting courses that must be taken in other disciplines.

All of the following courses are required for the major:

  • BIO 151 – Introductory Biology
  • BIO 152 – Evolution, Ecology and Diversity
  • BIO 253 – Introductory Cellular Biology
  • BIO 255 – Genetics
  • CHM 115 and CHM 115L- General Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHM 116 and CHM 116L – General Chemistry II and Lab
  • CHM 251 and CHM 251L – Organic Chemistry I and Lab
  • One of PHY 107, PHY 116, or PHY 121
    • PHY 107 – College Physics I
    • PHY 116 – Introduction to Physics
    • PHY 121 – General Physics I
  • MAT 114 – Precalculus (or achievement of MPG 4)
  • One of MAT 145, MAT 163, MAT 164, or PSY 215
    • MAT 145 – Calculus I
    • MAT 163 – Introductory Statistics
    • MAT 164 – Introductory Statistics for STEM
    • PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • One Keystone course chosen from:
    • BIO 490 – Biology Keystone
    • SCI 490 – Integrated Science
    • HON 490 – Honors Senior Seminar
    • Another keystone with departmental approval
  • Five upper division electives, at least one of which must be BIO 351, BIO 361, BIO 420, BIO 440, BIO 481, or ENV 320. Four of the five upper division electives must have an accompanying 1-credit lab. Students may take two different BIO485 courses in place of one upper division elective:
    • BIO 351 – Invertebrate Zoology
    • BIO 353 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    • BIO 361 – Plant Biology
    • BIO 369 – Biochemistry
    • BIO 420 – Conservation Science
    • BIO 440 – Plant Physiology
    • BIO 471 – Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • BIO 473 – Physiology of Humans and Other Animals
    • BIO 474 – Developmental Biology
    • BIO 475 – Neurobiology
    • BIO 476 – Microbiology
    • BIO 481 – Ecology
    • BIO 485 – Advanced Topics in Biology (completed twice)
    • BIO 486 – Immunology
    • BIO 495 – Special Topics in Biology
    • ENV 320 – Environmental Science
    • PHY 317 – Biophysics