Biology Curriculum

Major Program – Required Courses (62 – 68 semester hours)

Core Courses (43 semester hours)

BIOL 150 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution  3*
BIOL 151 Beginning Investigative Experiences in Biology  2*
BIOL 160 Cell Biology  4*
BIOL 255 Genetics  4
BIOL 345 Perspectives in Evolution  3*
BIOL 375 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology I  3*
BIOL 376 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology II  3*
BIOL 410 Senior Seminar  3
CHEM 121/3 General Chemistry I and Lab  5
CHEM 122/4 General Chemistry II and Lab  5
CHEM 224/5 Organic Chemistry I and Lab  4
PSCI 111 General Physics I  4

 

Choose one of the following (4 -5 semester hours)

MATH   175 Statistics  4
MATH   181 Calculus with Analytic Geometry  5
MATH   170 Business Calculus  5

 

Electives (15 – 20 semester hours)

BIOL XXX Five (5) Biology Elective courses  15-20
Three of the five courses must be upper level courses (300 – 483)

 

 

Biology Minor (20-26 semester hours)

Required Courses
BIOL 150 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution  3 OR
BIOL 124/5 Principles of Biology I and Lab  4
BIOL 151 Beginning Investigative Experiences in Biology  2
BIOL XXX Five (5) other biology courses
At least two of the five courses must be from the upper division (300-400 level)  15-20

 

Teacher Certification in General Science (6-12)

Students majoring in Biology may earn a Standard High School Teaching Certificate (6-12).

Required Courses for Certification

BIOL 124/5 Principles of Biology I and Lab  4
BIOL 126/7 Principles of Biology II and Lab  4
BIOL 211 Microbiology  5
BIOL 252 Human Physiology  4
BIOL 310 Invertebrate Zoology  4
BIOL 314/5 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Lab  5
BIOL 322 Molecular Biology  4
BIOL 350 Genetics  4
BIOL 361 Ecology  4
BIOL 390 Methods of Teaching Biology in the Secondary School  3
BIOL 410 Senior Seminar OR
BIOL 411 Senior Thesis I  1
BIOL 412 Senior Thesis II  2 (Required of Biology Fellows)

 

Support Courses:

CHEM 121/3 General Chemistry I and Lab  5
CHEM 122/4 General Chemistry II and Lab  5
CHEM 224/5 Organic Chemistry I and Lab  5
CHEM 322/3 Biochemistry and Lab  5
ENVS 120 Earth Science  4
PSCI 111 General Physics I  4
PSCI 112 General Physics II  4
MATH 181 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I  5

 

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