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Major in Biology - B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree provides students with a rigorous general background in the field of biology to prepare for graduate or professional school or science-related jobs requiring bachelor's-level training. The requirements in chemistry, mathematics, and physics have been selected to optimize the student's future opportunities. The degree provides a rigorous background in fundamental biology and cognate areas, and prepares students for professional or research-oriented careers and graduate work in a selected area of biology.

Requirements

Students must take the following classes in the major discipline (Group Va courses):

  • BIOL-L 101* (4 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 102* (4 cr.) prerequisite of BIOL-L 101
  • BIOL-L211 (3 cr.) prerequisite of BIOL-L 101
  • BIOL-L 311 (4 cr.) prerequisite of BIOL-L 211

*BIOL-L 101 and BIOL-L 102 must be taken in sequence.

  • At least 25 additional credit hours in Biology upper-level (300-400) courses must be completed.
  • Students must complete at least four additional upper level labs.
  • BIOL-L 403 (Senior Seminar) must be completed during the senior year. (1 cr.).
  • BIOL-L 473, BIOL-M 440, or BIOL-Z 466 will satisfy the capstone requirement.

A minimum of one course must be taken from the listed courses in each of the areas below:

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • BIOL-L 312 (3-4 cr.)
    • BIOL-M 310 (3-4 cr.)
    • BIOL-L 321 (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-L 323 (3 cr.)
    • Genetics, Development, Evolutionary Biology
      • BIOL-Z 317 (3 cr.)
      • BIOL-L 331 (3 cr.)
      • Ecology, Physiology, and Organismal Biology
        • BIOL-B 351 (3 cr.)
        • BIOL-B 352 (2 cr.)
        • BIOL-Z 406 (3-4 cr.)
        • BIOL-L 473 (3-4 cr.)
        • Select one of the following
          • PHSL-P 416 (3 cr.)
          • PHSL-P 461 (4 cr.)
          • PHSL-P 431 (4 cr.)

Students should consult with the Biology faculty for additional information concerning prerequisites and course content.

In addition to the required biology courses, the student must complete the following courses outside the major discipline (Group Vb courses):

  • The following general chemistry classes should be taken concurrently with BIOL-L 101 and BIOL-L 102
    • CHEM-C 105 (3 cr.)
    • CHEM-C 125 (2 cr.)
    • CHEM-C 106 (3 cr.)
    • CHEM-C 126 (2 cr.)
    • CHEM-C 341 - Organic chemistry I (3 cr.)
    • CHEM-C 343 - Organic chemistry I lab (2 cr.)
    • CHEM-C 342 - Organic chemistry II (3 cr.)
    • Select one of the following
      • CHEM-C 344 - Organic chemistry II lab (2 cr.)
      • BIOL-L 323 - Molecular Biology lab (3 cr.)
      • Select one of the following series of physics classes
        • PHYS-P 201 (5 cr.) and PHYS-P 202 (5 cr.)
        • PHYS-P 221 (5 cr.) and PHYS-P 222 (5 cr.)
        • Math-M215 - calculus (5 cr.)
        • PSY-K 300 - statistics (3 cr.)
        • Select one of the following computer science classes:
          • CSCI-A 106 (3 cr.)
          • CSCI-C 106 (3 cr.)
          • CSCI-A 201 (4 cr.)
          • CSCI-C 201 (4 cr.)
In addition to the above courses, the student is responsible for fulfilling the general requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree as established by the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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