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» Organismal/Environmental Biology (BS degree track)
» Cell/Molecular Biology (BS degree track)

Biology (BA degree track) - 57 credits, plus an approved minor*

*In lieu of an approved minor, Biology BA students may complete a double major.

Pre-major requirements......................................16 credits
BIO201 General Biology I (3) and BIO211 General Biology I Lab (1)**
BIO202 General Biology II (3) and BIO212 General Biology II Lab (1)**
CHE201 General Chemistry I (3) and CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHE202 General Chemistry II (3) and CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
Also required: Minimum MPL of 4; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

** General Biology I/General Biology I Lab and General Biology II/General Biology II Lab must be taken in sequence and are prerequisites for all biology courses at the 300-level and above.

Required biology course........................................4 credits
BIO320 Genetics (4)

Major electives....................................................18 credits (minimum)
These must be Biology (or Biochemistry) courses at the 300-level or above, including at least three lab courses. A maximum of 4 credits from independent projects, including Research, Fieldwork or Independent Study, can be counted towards the major.

Participation in Lecture Series (6 hours)

Additional chemistry requirements.........................4 credits
CHE318 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHE306 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)

Math requirements.................................................7 credits
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MAT251 Calculus I (4)

Physics requirements............................................8 credits
PHY221 Fundamental Physics I (3) and PHY211 Physics I Lab (1)
PHY222 Fundamental Physics II (3) and PHY232 Fundamental Physics II Lab (1)
OR
PHY201 General Physics I (3) and PHY211 Physics I Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics II (3) and PHY212 General Physics II Lab (1)

Note that the General Physics sequence requires Calculus I and II.

Additional breadth requirement (approved minor)....~18-22 credits

Additional considerations for admission to medical, dental and veterinary schools: The requirements for these professional schools are constantly evolving and vary from institution to institution. Please contact the Pre-Health Adviser.

 


Organismal/Environmental Biology (BS degree track) - ~72 credits

Pre-major requirements......................................16 credits
BIO201 General Biology I (3) and BIO211 General Biology I Lab (1)**
BIO202 General Biology II (3) and BIO212 General Biology II Lab (1)**
CHE201 General Chemistry I (3) and CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHE202 General Chemistry II (3) and CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
Also required: Minimum MPL of 4; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

** General Biology I/General Biology I Lab and General Biology II/General Biology II Lab must be taken in sequence and are prerequisites for all biology courses at the 300-level and above.

Required track courses........................................11 credits
BIO320 Genetics (4)
BIO340 Ecology (4)
BIO412 Evolutionary Theory (3) OR BIO418 Animal Behavior (3)

Track elective (choose 1).....................................4-5 credits
BIO305 Plant Morphology (4) OR
BIO307 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5) OR
BIO417 Animal Physiology (4) OR
BIO425 Plant Physiology (4) 

Major electives..................................................14 credits (minimum)
These must be Biology (or Biochemistry) courses at the 300-level or above, including one lab course. A maximum of 4 credits from independent projects, including Research, Fieldwork or Independent Study, can be counted towards the major.

Participation in Lecture Series (6 hours)

Additional chemistry requirements.........................8 credits
CHE318 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHE306 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHE319 Organic Chemistry II (3) and CHE309 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)

Math requirements.............................................11 credits
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
MAT252 Calculus II (4)

Physics requirements...........................................8 credits
PHY201 General Physics I (3) and PHY211 Physics I Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics II (3) and PHY212 General Physics II Lab (1)

Additional considerations for admission to medical, dental and veterinary schools: The requirements for these professional schools are constantly evolving and vary from institution to institution. Please contact the Pre-Health Adviser.

Additional considerations for admission to graduate programs in biology: Research experience. You should begin to explore research options during your sophomore year. 

 


Cell/Molecular Biology (BS degree track) - ~72 credits

Pre-major requirements......................................16 credits
BIO201 General Biology I (3) and BIO211 General Biology I Lab (1)**
BIO202 General Biology II (3) and BIO212 General Biology II Lab (1)**
CHE201 General Chemistry I (3) and CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHE202 General Chemistry II (3) and CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
Also required: Minimum MPL of 4; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

** General Biology I/General Biology I Lab and General Biology II/General Biology II Lab must be taken in sequence and are prerequisites for all biology courses at the 300-level and above.

Required track courses.......................................15 credits
BIO320 Genetics (4)
BIO308 Basic Molecular Biology (4)
BIO309 Basic Cell Biology (4)
BIO412 Evolutionary Theory (3)

Track elective (choose 1).....................................4 credits
BIO311 Developmental Plant Anatomy (4) OR
BIO313 Developmental Biology (4) OR
BIO350 Microbiology (4)

Major electives....................................................10 credits (minimum)
These must be Biology (or Biochemistry) courses at the 300-level or above, including one lab course. A maximum of 4 credits from independent projects, including Research, Fieldwork or Independent Study, can be counted towards the major.

Participation in Lecture Series (6 hours)

Additional chemistry requirements.........................8 credits
CHE318 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHE306 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHE319 Organic Chemistry II (3) and CHE309 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)

Math requirements..............................................11 credits
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
MAT252 Calculus II (4)

Physics requirements............................................8 credits
PHY201 General Physics I (3) and PHY211 Physics I Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics II (3) and PHY212 General Physics II Lab (1)

Additional considerations for admission to medical, dental and veterinary schools: The requirements for these professional schools are constantly evolving and vary from institution to institution. Please contact the Pre-Health Adviser.

Additional considerations for admission to graduate programs in biology: Research experience. You should begin to explore research options during your sophomore year.