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Natural Sciences & Mathematics Programs

BIOLOGY

The study of the natural world is a study of change, transfer, and growth. Biology presents a view of the natural world that is physical, chemical, and biological, giving an integrated view of the organism and its inner operations as well as interactions with its external environment. The courses are relevant to virtually every academic discipline. There are two degree tracks available for Biology majors: a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Biology students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the core concepts of biology (as defined by AAAS)*. These core concepts are:

    A. Evolution

    B. Information Flow, Exchange, and Storage

    C. Structure and Function

    D. Energy

    E. Systems

  2. Demonstrate a core set of competencies and disciplinary practice in the biological sciences (as defined by AAAS)*. These core competencies are:

    A. Ability to apply the process of science: biology is evidence-based and grounded in the formal practices of observation, experimentation, and hypothesis testing

    B. Ability to use quantitative reasoning: biology relies on applications of quantitative analysis and mathematical reasoning

    C. Ability to use modeling and simulation: biology focuses on the study of complex systems.

    D. Ability to utilize, communicate with, and collaborate with other disciplines: biology is an interdisciplinary, collaborative science.

    E. Ability to understand the relationship between science and society: biology is conducted in a societal context.

Grade Minimum: Biology majors must earn a minimum grade of C- in all BIOL and CHEM prerequisite courses.

Honors in Biology

To qualify for honors in Biochemistry the following criteria must be met:

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA overall + 3.5 GPA in Biochemistry major

  • Complete application (Recommendation from faculty)

  • Complete the Science Communications course with B+ or better

  • Complete Independent Research course with B+ or better

  • Complete Honors Research + Senior Honors Thesis (4 cr) with a B+ or better

BS DEGREE: This degree prepares students well for many careers within and outside of the sciences, including biomedical research or for entry into graduate schools or professional schools and programs, such as medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary. The BS degree is a rigorous program with a great deal of laboratory and research experience. 

PREREQUISITES:

Credits

BIOL 1055 Introduction to Organisms (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells (includes Laboratory)

4

 

8

Core Requirements for Biology Major:

BIOL 2040, 2140 Microbiology for Science Majors (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 2100 Genetics (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 3030 Cell Biology (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 3120 Evolution and Genomics

3

BIOL 4000 Research Communication

1

BIOL 2900 or BIOL 4010 Independent Research in Biology

1 (minimum)

BIOL 3500 Junior Seminar

1

BIOL 3900 Senior Seminar

1

BIOL Electives (choose from the following list; 1 course must be at the 3000-level, 1 course must include a laboratory)

10-12

BIOL 2030 Human Disease

3

BIOL 2050 Animal Behavior

3

BIOL 2060 Exercise Physiology

3

BIOL 2300 Bioinformatics

3

BIOL 2310 Field Ecology (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 2330 Aquatic Biology (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 2900 Independent Research in Biology

1-2

BIOL 3050 Immunology

3

BIOL 3060 Cancer Biology

3

CHEM 3570/3580 Biochemistry I (includes Laboratory)

4

CHEM 3580/3680 Biochemistry II (includes Laboratory)

4

CHEM 3800 Biochemistry, Special Topics

3

ENVS 2215 Environmental Science (Includes Laboratory)

4

ENVS 3210 Advanced Environmental Science

3

 

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Requirements in Related Areas:

CHEM 1010, 1110 Introductory Chemistry I, with Laboratory

4

CHEM 1020, 1120 Introductory Chemistry II, with Laboratory

4

CHEM 2510, 2610 Organic Chemistry I, with Laboratory

4

CHEM 2520, 2620 Organic Chemistry II, with Laboratory

4

PHYS 2010 Introduction to Mechanics, with Laboratory

4

PHYS 2020 Electricity and Magnetism, with Laboratory

4

MATH 1150 Statistics I

3

MATH 2130 Calculus I

3

MATH 2140 Calculus II

3

 

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