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Biology Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.S. Major

Consists of a minimum of 43 credit hours of courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics. Students choose one of four tracks: General Biology, Pre-Health Sciences, Ecology, or Secondary Education. The following core courses are required for each track, consisting of 26 credits:

BIOL-110 Principles of Biology I

BIOL-111 Principles of Biology II

BIOL-309 Genetics

BIOL-430 Evolution

CHEM-161 General Chemistry I

CHEM-162 General Chemistry II

MATH-130 Survey of Calculus

or

MATH-131 Calculus I

The remaining credits come from the tracks as follows?students choose one:

Track 1-General Biology

Consists of 17 to 20 credits chosen from the following:

Cell Biology/Physiology (1 course)

BIOL-311 Animal Physiology

BIOL-314 Human Physiology

BIOL-325 Molecular Biology of the Cell

BIOL/ENVR-360 Environmental Physiology

Ecology (1 course)

BIOL-350 Ecology

BIOL/ENVR-401 Environmental Microbiology

BIOL/ENVR-435 Freshwater Ecology

Organismal Biology (1 course)

BIOL-316 Ornithology: the Biology of Birds

BIOL-320 Developmental Biology

BIOL-321 Herpetology

BIOL-322 Mammalogy

BIOL-340 Botany

BIOL-400 Microbiology

BIOL-403 Pathogenic Microbiology

BIOL-420 Plant Taxonomy

BIOL/ENVR-433 Biology & Management of Fishes

BIOL-440 Animal Behavior

And 2 elective BIOL courses numbered 300 or higher

Track 2-Pre-Health Sciences

Consists of 18 to 20 credits chosen from the following:

Cell Biology (1 course)

BIOL-325 Molecular Biology of the Cell

Physiology (1 course)

BIOL-311 Animal Physiology

BIOL-314 Human Physiology

Ecology (1 course)

BIOL-350 Ecology

BIOL/ENVR-401 Environmental Microbiology

Organismal Biology (1 course)

BIOL-320 Developmental Biology

BIOL-322 Mammalogy

BIOL-400 Microbiology

BIOL-403 Pathogenic Microbiology

BIOL-440 Animal Behavior

Pre-Health (1 elective)

BIOL-305 Introduction to Human Anatomy

BIOL-308 Domestic Animal Nutrition

BIOL-410 Immunology

BIOL-412 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

BCHM-355 Biochemistry I

-or-

BCHM-356 Biochemistry I With Lab

BCHM-455 Biochemistry II

Track 3-Ecology

Consists of 17 to 20 credits chosen from the following:

Cell Biology/Physiology (1 course)

BIOL-311 Animal Physiology

BIOL-314 Human Physiology

BIOL-325 Molecular Biology of the Cell

BIOL/ENVR-360 Environmental Physiology

Ecology (1 course)

BIOL-350 Ecology

Organismal Biology (1 course)

BIOL-316 Ornithology: the Biology of Birds

BIOL-321 Herpetology

BIOL-322 Mammalogy

BIOL-340 Botany

BIOL-400 Microbiology

BIOL-403 Pathogenic Microbiology

BIOL-420 Plant Taxonomy

BIOL/ENVR-433 Biology & Management of Fishes

BIOL-440 Animal Behavior

Ecology and Organismal Biology (1 course)

BIOL-316 Ornithology: the Biology of Birds

BIOL-320 Developmental Biology

BIOL-321 Herpetology

BIOL-322 Mammalogy

BIOL-340 Botany

BIOL-400 Microbiology

BIOL/ENVR-401 Environmental Microbiology

BIOL-403 Pathogenic Microbiology

BIOL-420 Plant Taxonomy

BIOL/ENVR-433 Biology & Management of Fishes

BIOL/ENVR-435 Freshwater Ecology

BIOL-440 Animal Behavior

And 1 Environmental Science course numbered 300 or higher, listed as BIOL/ENVR (3-4 credits)

For the elective BIOL or ENVR courses in the tracks, only 3 credits may be chosen from BIOL or ENVR-460, 490, 491 or 499, and Internship (BIOL or ENVR-480X) cannot be used to meet this requirement. Students wishing to double major in biology and environmental science or in chemistry and environmental science may not overlap or double count the electives selected on the environmental science plan of major to the other major.

Track 4-Biology Secondary Education

This track is for students interested in pursuing licensure in biology education. Interested students should also see the Teacher Education Program section of the catalog for education curriculum requirements.

Consists of 20 credits chosen from the following:

Cell Biology/Physiology (1 course)

BIOL-311 Animal Physiology

BIOL-314 Human Physiology

BIOL-325 Molecular Biology of the Cell

Ecology (1 course)

BIOL-350 Ecology

Organic Chemistry (1 course)

CHEM-250 Fundamental Organic Chemistry

CHEM-305 Organic Chemistry I

Earth Science (1 course)

CHEM-102 Earth and its Environment

GEOL-130 Physical Geology

Physics (1 course)

PHYS-125 Concepts of Physics

PHYS-218 College Physics I

PHYS-221 General Physics I