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:

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

Areas of Emphasis

Animal Biology

Upper-Level Courses, 30-33 credits

Required courses, minimum of 10 credits:

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

Minimum of four credits:

  • BIOLOGY 302    Principles of Microbiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 307    Cell Biology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 308    Cell Biology Laboratory, 1 credit

One of these:

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

Choose 12-14 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

Seminar, one credit required:

  • BIOLOGY 490    Biology Seminar, 1 credit

Ecology and Conservation Biology

Upper-Level Courses, 30-33 credits

Required courses, minimum of 10 credits:

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

Minimum of four credits:

  • BIOLOGY 302       Principles of Microbiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 307       Cell Biology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 308       Cell Biology Laboratory, 1 credit

One of these:

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

Choose 12-14 credits from:

  • BIOLOGY 310       Plant Taxonomy, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 311       Plant Physiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 312       Mycology, 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 405       Aquatic Ecology, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 467       Ecological and Environmental Methods and Analysis, 4 credits
  • ENV SCI 469       Conservation Biology, 4 credits
  • ENV SCI 499       Travel Course, 3 credits

Seminar, one credit required:

  • BIOLOGY 490    Biology Seminar, 1 credit

Cell/Molecular Biology

Upper-Level Courses, 34-37 credits

Required courses, minimum of 10 credits:

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

Minimum of four credits:

  • BIOLOGY 302    Principles of Microbiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 307    Cell Biology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 308    Cell Biology Laboratory, 1 credit

One of these:

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

Choose minimum of 4 credits:

  • CHEMISTRY 300    Bio-organic Chemistry, 3 credits
  • CHEMISTRY 301    Bio-organic Chemistry Laboratory, 1 credit
  • Or
  • CHEMISTRY 302    Organic Chemistry I, 3 credits
  • CHEMISTRY 304    Organic Chemistry I Laboratory, 1 credit

Choose 12-14 credits from:

  • BIOLOGY 302     Principles of Microbiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 304     Genetics Laboratory, 1 credit
  • BIOLOGY 307     Cell Biology, 3 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

Seminar, one credit required:

  • BIOLOGY 490    Biology Seminar, 1 credit

Biology for Educators

Upper-Level Courses, 30-33 credits

Required courses, minimum of 10 credits:

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

Minimum of four credits:

  • BIOLOGY 302    Principles of Microbiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 307    Cell Biology, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 308    Cell Biology Laboratory, 1 credit

One of these:

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

Choose 12-14 credits, choose a minimum of one course from each of the areas listed below:

Animal Biology (choose minimum of one course)

  • 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

Ecology and Conservation Biology (choose minimum of one course)

  • 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
  • ENV SCI 499     Travel Course, 3 credits

Cell/Molecular Biology (choose minimum of one course)

  • BIOLOGY 302     Principles of Microbiology, 4 credits
  • BIOLOGY 304     Genetics Laboratory, 1 credit
  • BIOLOGY 307     Cell Biology, 3 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

Seminar, one credit required:

  • BIOLOGY 490    Biology Seminar, 1 credit
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