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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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 a 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.

Requirements for Major in Biology

Admission to the Program

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


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 . 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 - 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 or permission of the Department Chair and/or Academic Advisor.

Refer to the vertical curriculum for additional course requirements.

Biology: Total Semester Hours=126

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Total: 13

Second Semester

Total: 18

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 12

Second Semester

Total: 13


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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