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Biology Curriculum Requirements
Type of degrees awarded: B.A., B.S., A.S.
Core/General Education requirement: Students can combine BIO 1530 with CHE 1510, GLY 1600, or PHY 1510 to meet the core/general education science requirements if they have the appropriate prerequisites. BIO 1530 can also be combined with SCI 1410 and 1430 courses to fulfill the core/general education science requirement. BIO 1530 may also be combined with upper-level biology courses to fulfill the science core requirement for the B.S. degree.
Requirements for majors in Biology: 41-43 s.h. in Biology; CHE 1510, 1520, 3210, 3220; MAT 1130 or higher and 2200; additional courses in physics, chemistry, geology, and mathematics are desirable electives. It is strongly recommended that students planning to enter graduate professional programs in the health sciences take CHE 4500.
In the Biology major, students have considerable flexibility to design their course curriculum to reflect their particular academic interests and career goals. The major is designed around a system of four tiers with specific course requirements in the freshman and sophomore tiers and more elective options built into the junior and senior tiers as follows:
Writing-Enrichment Courses: BIO 3070, 4010, 4400, 4890, and 4910
Requirements for the Minor in Biology (22-23 s.h.): BIO 1530 and 1560 plus 15-16 s.h. of Biology electives
Requirements for the A.S. Subject Concentration (32-33 s.h.): BIO 1530 and 1560 plus at least 16 s.h. of 3000 or higher-level courses for a total of 23-24 s.h. in biology; SCI 1410 and 1430 for a total of 6 s.h.; MAT 1050 or higher for a total of 3 s.h.