Biology - Requirements for the Major

Biology Program | Biology Minor Requirements | Course Descriptions

Supporting Courses, 28-29 credits

  • BIOLOGY 202    Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 203    Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution, 4 credits
  • CHEM 211           Principles of Chemistry I, 4 credits
  • CHEM 212           Principles of Chemistry II,  4 credits
  • CHEM 213           Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory, 1 credit
  • CHEM 214           Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory, 1 credit
  • MATH 260          Introductory Statistics, 4 credits

Mathematics, choose one of these:

  • COMP SCI 256   Software Design I, 4 credits
  • MATH 104          Elementary Functions: Algebra and Trigonometry, 4 credits
  • MATH 201          Calculus for the Management and Social Sciences, 3 credits
  • MATH 202          Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, 4 credits

Writing, choose one of these:

  • INFO SCI 390         Technical Writing, 3 credits
  • ENG COMP 105 Expository Writing, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 27 credits

Core courses, 17-18 credits

  • BIOLOGY 303    Genetics, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 309    Evolutionary Biology, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 302       Principles of Ecology, 4 credits

One of these:

  • BIOLOGY 302    Principles of Microbiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 307    Cell Biology, 4 credits

One of these:

  • BIOLOGY 311    Plant Physiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 346    Comparative Physiology, 3 credits

Areas of Emphasis

Biology majors must complete 9 or 10 credits in one of the following areas of emphasis to bring their total credits in upper-level Biology courses to a minimum of 27.

Plant Biology

Choose 9-10 credits from:

  • BIOLOGY 304    Genetics Laboratory, 1 credit
  • BIOLOGY 310    Plant Taxonomy, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 311    Plant Physiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 312    Mycology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 317    Structure of Seed Plants, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 320    Field Botany, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 363       Plant and Forest Pathology, 3 credits

Animal Biology

Choose 9-10 credits from:

  • BIOLOGY 304    Genetics Laboratory, 1 credit
  • BIOLOGY 340    Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 342    Ornithology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 343    Mammalogy, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 345    Animal Behavior, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 346    Comparative Physiology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 353    Invertebrate Biology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 355    Entomology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 410    Developmental Biology, 4 credits
  • HUM BIOL 318  Reproductive Biology, 3 credits
  • HUM BIOL 402  Human Physiology, 3 credits
  • HUM BIOL 403  Human Physiology Laboratory, 1 credit
  • HUM BIOL 413  Neurobiology, 3 credits
  • HUM BIOL 444  Endocrinology, 3 credits

Field Biology and Ecology

Choose 9-10 credits from:

  • BIOLOGY 310    Plant Taxonomy, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 320    Field Botany, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 342    Ornithology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 343    Mammalogy, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 353    Invertebrate Biology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 355    Entomology, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 363       Plant and Forest Pathology, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 405       Aquatic Ecology, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 467       Ecological and Environmental Methods and Analysis, 4 credits
  • ENV SCI 469       Conservation Biology, 4 credits

Cell/Molecular Biology

Choose 9-10 credits from:

  • BIOLOGY 302    Principles of Microbiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 304    Genetics Laboratory, 1 credit        
  • BIOLOGY 307    Cell Biology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 312    Mycology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 402    Advanced Microbiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 407    Molecular Biology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 408    Molecular Biology Laboratory, 1 credit
  • CHEM 330           Biochemistry, 3 credits
  • CHEM 331           Biochemistry Laboratory, 1 credit
  • HUM BIOL 422  Immunology, 3 credits
  • HUM BIOL 423  Immunology Laboratory, 1 credit
  • HUM BIOL 444  Endocrinology, 3 credits
For teacher preparation in the Biology major, the minimum number of upper-level credits in Biology is 26. In consultation with an adviser, students may complete the 26 credits from more than one emphasis area.
Biology Program
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