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  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, B.S.


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The Bachelor of Science in biology is designed for students who are interested in careers which require an extensive background in biology. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree, the student will have met the minimum major requirements for admission to graduate and professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary, etc). Elective coursework can lead to specialized focus in bioinformatics, molecular biology, or ecology. In collaboration with the College of Education, a B. S. in Biology Education is also offered and is described in the College of Education portion of the catalog. The department chair can provide more information.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLO)

Following the completion of a major in Biology, students will:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of the Biological Sciences.
  2. exhibit effective oral and written communication of Biological Concepts.
  3. demonstrate the ability to critically analyze Biological processes.
  4. demonstrate the ability to work effectively in collaboration with others.
  5. demonstrate the ability to apply the tools and techniques of Biological research.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the program is through formal declaration of major and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

Requirements for Major in Biology

In accordance with the CSEM requirements, Biology majors and minors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all CSEM courses. Biology majors may substitute PH 241 / 242 General Physics for PH 251 / 252 College Physics. Students who major in Biology may substitute CH 446 Biochemistry II for one of their biology elective courses. In the second year, during the BI 222 Sophomore Seminar, all Biology majors will take an exam reviewing the material covered in BI 141, 142 and 240. Continuation in the program will be contingent upon successfully passing this exam or permission of the Department Chair and/or Academic Advisor.

Requirements for Minor in Biology

To earn a minor in Biology, students must complete a minimum of 16 hours of Biology courses beyond BI 141 and BI 142. Please see the Department Chair for more information.

Course Requirements

 Refer to the vertical curriculum for additional course requirements.

 

Requirements for Major in Biology


In addition to the CSEM requirements, Biology majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in MAT 241 - Calculus I . Biology majors may substitute PH 241 - General Physics I  /  PH 242 - General Physics II  for PH 251 - College Physics I  /  PH 252 - College Physics II . In the second year, during the BI 222 - Biology Sophomore Seminar , all Biology majors will take an exam reviewing the material covered in BI 141 , BI 142  and BI 240 . Continuation in the program will be contingent upon successfully passing this exam.

Course Requirements


Refer to the vertical curriculum for additional course requirements.

Biology: Total Semester Hours=126


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior Year


First Semester


Total: 12

Second Semester


Total: 13

Notes:


GE = General Education Courses

* Based on your placement testing scores, these courses may require prerequisites which may extend the number of semesters needed to complete degree requirements. These prerequisites do not count towards the degree for graduation.

**MARCHlNG BAND MEMBERS ONLY, MUST substitute PE Activity with MUB 110 - Marching Band .

**ROTC MEMBERS ONLY, substitute PE Activity with MY 104 - Basic Military Science  and MYL 104L - Basic Military Science Laboratory . (ROTC)

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