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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Fall 2008 - Summer 2009 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Major: BIOL

Degree: BS

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)

Department: Biology

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program; see the General Education requirements and the courses that fulfill them. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

General Education

Type

Hours
General Education 34
Minimum Total 34

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements

Type

Hours
General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language 6-8
(completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on language taken)  
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences at the 300-level or above 6
(in addition to courses counted toward General Education)  
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above  
(may be incorporated into other degree requirements)  
Total  13-15 

Department of Biology

Type

Hours
Biology 2401, 2421, 2441, 329, 330-331, 363 19
Completion of one of the concentrations below   15-19
*Biology Electives
(to reach minimum total of 48 hours in Biology) 10-14
Minimum Total 48

Genetics/Subcellular (16-17 hours)

Type

Hours
Biology 416, 516, 404, or 406 3-4
Biology 542 or 415 3
Biology 540 or Chemistry 445 3
Biology 336, 400, or 485 4
Biology 465 3

Cellular/Physiology (15-18 hours)

Type

Hours
Biology 465 3
Biology 336, 347, 348, 357, 358, 400, 409, 415, 485, 512, 513 (select 3) 9-12
Biology 540 or Chemistry 445 3

Ecology (17-19 hours)

Type

Hours
Biology 401 and 402 
Biology 409 3
Biology 310, 372, 410, 440, 510, 515, 522, 524, 552, 560, 562, 567, 572 (select two) 6-8
Biology 305, 308, 485, 514, 519 (select one) 3

Supporting Courses

Type

Hours
Mathematics 2051 4
Biology 350 or advisor-approved statistics course 3
Chemistry 2011, 202, 207, 208, 209, 341, 342, 343, 344 19
One of the following sequences...
       1. Physics 221, 222, 223, 224 8
or    2. Geosciences 301 and any two from the following: 9
         Geosciences 363, 365, and 367 OR Geography 355 and 357
Minimum Electives [No electives are required in this program; students who fulfill mathematics and science General Education requirements with courses in the major or supporting courses may have elective hours.]  
Minimum Total 121

1 Fulfills General Education requirement.

*Note: Biology 102, 104, 257, 258, 260, 261, 262 and 263, may not count toward electives in the major. A maximum of 6 hours of undergraduate research or independent study may count toward the major.
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