BS in Biology

B.S. in Biology

General Education Requirements

4 Intellectual Inquiry courses  (Inquiry in the Natural/Physical/Mathematical Sciences course satisfied by major) - 14 (9)
2 Composition and Communication course (CCI, CCII) - 6
1 Quantitative Reasoning courses (QF I)  satisfied by major - 4 (0)
1 Statistical Inferential Reasoning course (STA 296) - 3
1 Citizenship course - 3
1 Global Dynamics Course - 3
Total 33 hours (24)
 
Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)
Choose 1 of 3 options
1. BIO 425 AND BIO 350
2. BIO 425 AND BIO 430G
3. WRD 204
Total hours 3-5
 
College Requirements
1 humanities courses - 3
1 social science course - 3
Third and fourth semesters of language - (2 x 3 hours) 6
6 hours of free electives - 6
Lab or field experience – satisfied by major
3 hours –– choose any Humanities GWR – double dip with College requirement
Total 49 hours (39)

 
 
Pre-Major Requirements
BIO 148 - 3
BIO 152 - 3
BIO 155 OR BIO 198 - 1
CHE 105 AND CHE 111 - 5
CHE 107 AND CHE 113 - 5
MA 137 AND MA 138 OR MA 113 AND MA 114 8
Total 24 hours 
 

Major Requirements

Minimum major requirement for graduation is 57 credit hours in courses not open to freshmen. The minimum GPA of all Major and Pre-major courses must be at least 2.0

 
1st Tier Core
BIO 304 - Introduction to Genetics - 4
BIO 303 – Introduction to Evolution - 4
 
2nd Tier Core (To be taken after completion of 1st Tier Core)
BIO 315 – Cell Biology - 4
BIO 325 – Ecology - 4
BIO 350 - Animal Physiology OR BIO 430G – Plant Physiology - 4
All are 4 credit hour courses with an embedded laboratory component
Statistics – STA 296 -3
BIO 425 OR BIO 499 - 1
Total CORE HOURS = 24
 
Courses Outside the Major
CHE 230, CHE 231, CHE 232 - 7
PHY 211 OR PHY 231/241 AND PHY 213 OR PHY 232/242 - 10


 
Biology Electives 15 hours
15 hours to be chosen from 300+ level BIO courses or the full list of acceptable electives. Two courses must have labs ONE of which may be BIO 395. A maximum of only six credits of BIO 395 may be used as electives in this section. A total of six hours of Independent Research (395) from biological sciences departments may be counted within the 15 hour requirement; however, only BIO 395 is accepted for Honors in Biology. Note: ANA 209, BIO 208, BIO 209, and PGY 206 CANNOT be used for this requirement.

***For the B.S. degree, a minimum of 9 of the 15 upper-level electives must be BIO courses (i.e must have a BIO prefix)***
 
TOTAL HOURS IN MAJOR (excluding pre-major hours) = 57 Hours
Total Hours for graduation = 120 Hours
 
 
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