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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:

Requirements for Introductory Courses Tier (7 s.h.): BIO 1530, 1560

Requirements for Biology Core Tier (14-15 s.h.): BIO 2430 or 2440, BIO 2900, and two additional courses chosen from BIO 2990, 3070, and 3480

Requirements for Upper Level Elective Tier (18-19 s.h.): Courses taken vary by student interest to fulfill the required number of semester hours. However, students must take at least one course from three of the six upper level elective categories outlined below.

Upper Level Elective (ULE)
Categories
Zoology Human Micro/Cell Botany Ecology Special

3020
3160
3210
3980
3990

3060
3080
3960
4000
4010
4400
3100
3110
3120
3310
4310
4350
4500
4850
4990

Requirements for the Senior Tier (2 s.h.): Either BIO 4880 and 4890 or BIO 4900 and 4910.

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.

 

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