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B.S. in Biology

Biology students in the field

The program leading to a B.S. degree in Biology is designed to provide maximum depth in the sciences and mathematics with less opportunity for free electives.

Students who plan to attend graduate school or professional schools, such as those in human or veterinary medicine, most often choose this program of studies.

Further, the B.S. degree in Biology automatically qualifies a student for a minor in chemistry and thus represents more than adequate preparation for employment opportunities that require expertise in both biology and chemistry.

For a downloadable PDF version of the checklist of requirements, visit our Forms webpage.

B.S. in Biology Sign-Off Sheet

(Revised May 2012)

A. Biology Courses (38 cr)            PLANNED   TAKEN     GRADE

BIOL 111 Principles of Biology I (4 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II (4 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 210 Botany (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 220 General Zoology (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 250 Principles of Microbiology (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 263 Genetics (3 cr) (W course) ________ ________ ________
Biology Electives* (Minimum 18 cr)
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*No more than 6 credits from the combined total of credits earned from Independent Study, Special Topics, and Internship may count toward the major; credits beyond 6 count as free electives. The following courses are not acceptable as electives toward the Biology major: BIOL 103, 104, 105, 106, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 150, 155, 241.

B. Required Chemistry Courses (8 cr)

CHEM 111 Gen. Chem. I (4 cr) * ________ ________ ________
CHEM 112 Gen. Chem. II (4 cr) * ________ ________ ________
*Fulfills the Liberal Studies Natural Sciences Requirement; Option I.

C. Required Math Courses (3-4 cr)

MATH 121 Calculus I (4 cr)* or ________ ________ ________
MATH 217 Prob. & Stat. (3 cr)* ________ ________ ________
*Fulfills the math course Liberal Studies Learning Skills requirement.

D. Required Physics Courses (4 cr)

PHYS 111 Physics I (3 cr)* ________ ________ ________
PHYS 121 Physics I (Lab) (1 cr) ________ ________ ________
*May fulfill the Liberal Studies Electives requirement.

E. Ancillary Science Requirement (20-21 cr)*

Selected from the following:†
CHEM: 231, 232, 321, 323, 351 ________ ________ ________
BIOC: 301, 302, 311, 312 ________ ________ ________
GEOS: 201, 202, 203, 303, 310, 311, 312, 313, 352, 353, 370, 371 ________ ________ ________
MATH: 122, 216, 217, 417, 418 ________ ________ ________
PHYS: 112 and 122, 151 ________ ________ ________

*If MATH 121 (4 sh) is selected as Liberal Studies mathematics course, the additional requirement is 20 cr. If MATH 217 (3 sh) is selected, the additional requirement is 21 cr. The total of C + E must be at least 24 cr.
†Other appropriate major courses in the above departments may be substituted for one or more of those on the above list with the approval of the student’s advisor and department chairperson in advance of taking the course.

F. Foreign Language Requirement* (College of Nat. Sci. and Math) (0-6 cr)

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*Two courses beyond placement or intermediate level. In lieu of a foreign language, students in programs or tracks other than the Pre-Medical Track and the Pre-Veterinary Track may elect to take a sequence of courses in either Computer Science, exclusive of COSC 101 (COSC 110 and 210 recommended), or Regional Planning (from the following: RGPL 213, 314, 316, 415).

G. Additional University Liberal Studies Requirements

G1. English Composition (6 cr)            PLANNED   TAKEN     GRADE

ENGL 101 English Composition I (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
ENGL 202 English Composition II (3 cr) ________ ________ ________

G2. Humanities (9 cr)

____ ___ ______________ History (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
____ ___ ______________ Phil/Rel. St. (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
____ ___ ______________ Literature (3 cr) ________ ________ ________

G3. Fine Arts (3 cr)

____ ___ Fine Arts (3 cr) ________ _________ ________

G4. Dimensions of Wellness or ROTC (3 or 4 cr)

____ ___ ______________ Dimensions of Wellness or ________ ________ ________
MLSC 101 World Milit. Hist. & Lab (2 cr) and ________ ________ ________
MLSC 102 Amer. Milit. Hist. & Lab (2 cr) or ________ ________ ________
Military Service (4 cr)
Veterans are given four semester hours toward these requirements.
Verification of service must be established by form DD 214.

G5. Social Sciences* (9 cr)

____ ___ _______________(3 cr) ________ ________ ________
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____ ___ _______________(3 cr) ________ ________ ________
*One of these courses may fulfill the Global and Multicultural Awareness Liberal Studies requirement.

G6. Liberal Studies Elective (3 cr)

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G7. Additional Requirements (9 cr)

____ ___ Global & Multicultural Awareness Course ________ ________ ________
BIOL 263 Genetics Two writing intensive courses (one ________ ________ ________
____ ___ _______________must be in your major) ________ ________ ________

H. Free Electives (6-14 cr)

(Student must have a total of 120 semester hours from all sources to graduate with a B.S. in Biology.)
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