General Biology

Degrees Awarded

Associate of Science (A.S.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Major Requirements

Concentration in General Biology

This concentration is much like a traditional biology curriculum in that it includes an introduction to major biological disciplines. It also provides an option for students who want a broader exposure to biology than our other concentrations provide.

The Biology major with a concentration in General Biology consists of 82-83 s.h. distributed as follows:

General Concentration Core

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 1560 Fundamentals of Biology II (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 2970 General Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 2900 Biological Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 2990 Evolutionary Biology (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 3120 General Ecology (3 s.h.) or BIO 3310 Conservation Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3960 Molecular Genetics (3 s.h.) or BIO 4010 Embryology & Developmental Genetics (4 s.h.)

Concentration Electives

Complete 12 s.h. minimum:

  • BIO 3020 Invertebrate Zoology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3100 Plant Physiology (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 3110 Plant Taxonomy (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3480 Biological Chemistry (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 3960 Molecular Genetics (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 4000 Medical Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 4010 Embryology & Developmental Genetics (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 4400 Cellular Physiology (4 s.h.)

Chemistry Courses

  • CHE 1510 General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 1520 General Chemistry II (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 3210 Organic Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 3220 Organic Chemistry II (4 s.h.)

Mathematics Courses

  • MAT 1130 Pre-Calculus I (or higher) (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2200 Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)

Minor Requirements

The Biology minor consists of 23-24 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 1560 Fundamentals of Biology II (4 s.h.)

Biology Electives

  • Select any 15-16 s.h. with a BIO prefix.

Associate of Science Subject Concentration Requirements

The A.S. concentration in Biology consists of 30 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 1560 Fundamentals of Biology II (4 s.h.)

Biology Electives

  • Select any 16 s.h. of 3000 or higher level courses
  • SCI 1410 Earth Science (3 s.h.)
  • SCI 1430 Physical Science (3 s.h.)