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Biology Department

Undergraduate Programs Leading to the BA or BS in Biology

The following are legacy degree programs for students that declared their major prior to Fall 2009.  Students may not opt into these programs, but instead must follow the current degree programs.

Organismal/Environmental Biology (pdf)

I. Required Biology Core Courses

  • BIO201 General Biology I
  • BIO202 General Biology II
  • BIO320 Genetics

II. Required Track Core Courses

  • BIO340 Ecology

AND one of the following:

  • BIO307 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, BIO305 Plant Morphology, BIO417 Animal Physiology OR BIO425 Plant Physiology

III. Track Elective with Lab (choose 1 course):

  • BIO307 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, BIO305 Plant Morphology, BIO417 Animal Physiology OR BIO425 Plant Physiology

IV. Track Elective without Lab (choose 1 course):

  • BIO418 Animal Behavior OR BIO412 Evolutionary Theory

V. Three Upper Division Biology Electives, one of which must be at the 400 level or above (minimum - 9 credits):

VI. Required Cognate Courses

  • CHM201 General Chemistry I
  • CHM211 General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM202 General Chemistry II
  • CHM212 General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHM318 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM306 Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • MTH241 Introduction to Statistics
  • MTH251 Calculus I OR MTH245 Basic Calculus
  • PHY221 Fundamental Physics I AND PHY231 Fundamental Physics I Lab OR PHY201 General Physics I AND PHY211 General Physics I Lab
  • Either CHM319 Organic Chemistry II AND CHM309 Organic Chemistry II Lab OR BIO318 Biological Chemistry (Note: BIO318 cannot be used as an upper division Biology elective if taken to satisfy this cognate requirement).

NOTE: Organic Chemistry II with lab as well as a second semester of Physics with lab and a second semester of Calculus are generally required for students planning to apply to graduate, medical, dental, optometry or veterinary schools. There may be additional courses required for admission to graduate or professional school. For graduate study in animal behavior or behavioral ecology, BOTH BIO 418 Animal Behavior AND BIO412 Evolutionary Theory are recommended. In all cases, course selection should be made under advisement from a member of the department faculty.

Cellular/Molecular Biology (pdf)

I. Required Biology Core Courses

  • BIO201 General Biology I
  • BIO202 General Biology II
  • BIO320 Genetics

II. Required Track Core Courses

  • BIO309 Basic Cell Biology
  • BIO308 Basic Molecular Biology

III. Track Elective with Lab (choose 1 course):

  • BIO313 Developmental Biology, BIO350 Microbiology, BIO311 Developmental Plant Anatomy

IV. Track Elective without Lab (choose 1 course):

  • BIO318 Biological Chemistry OR BIO412 Evolutionary Theory

V. Three Upper Division Biology Electives, one of which must be at the 400 level or above (minimum - 9 credits)

VI. Required Cognate Courses

  • CHM201 General Chemistry I
  • CHM211 General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM202 General Chemistry II
  • CHM212 General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHM318 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM306 Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • MTH241 Introduction to Statistics
  • MTH251 Calculus I OR MTH245 Basic Calculus
  • PHY221 Fundamental Physics I AND PHY231 Fundamental Physics I Lab OR PHY201 General Physics I AND PHY211 General Physics I Lab
  • Either CHM319 Organic Chemistry II AND CHM 309 Organic Chemistry II Lab OR BIO318 Biological Chemistry (Note: BIO318 cannot be used as an upper division Biology elective or as a Cell/Molecular Biology track elective (section IV above) if taken to satisfy this cognate requirement).

NOTE: Organic Chemistry II with lab as well as a second semester of Physics with lab and a second semester of Calculus are generally required for students planning to apply to graduate, medical, dental, optometry or veterinary schools. There may be additional courses required for admission to graduate or professional school. For graduate study in cell or molecular biology, a full year of biochemistry is recommended. In all cases, course selection should be made under advisement from a member of the department faculty.

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