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B.A. in Biology

The program leading to the B.A. degree in Biology is designed to allow greater opportunity for free electives.

This freedom could be used to pursue interests in areas outside of biology, allowing for a more broadly-based Liberal Arts education. Alternatively, the B.A. degree student would have the flexibility to pursue in depth to (minor in or perhaps even to double major) in another discipline. A Biology major combined with other sciences such as Biochemistry, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Geoscience, Mathematics, or Psychology, or disciplines such as Art, English, Business, or a foreign language can make attractive packages for the student and for potential future employers.

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

B.A. in Biology Sign-Off Sheet

(Revised May 2012)

A. Biology Courses (32 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 12 cr)
BIOL ____ _________________ ( ) ________ ________ ________
BIOL ____ _________________ ( ) ________ ________ ________
BIOL ____ _________________ ( ) ________ ________ ________
BIOL ____ _________________ ( ) ________ ________ ________
*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 (4-5 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 4 cr. If MATH 217 (3 sh) is selected, the additional requirement is 5 cr. The total of C + E must be at least 8 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. Planned Program in Complementary Field* (15 cr)

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*Recommended complementary fields include Anthropology, Art, Business, Chemistry, Communications Media, Computer Science, Criminology, Dietetics, Economics, English, Foreign Language, Geography, Geoscience, Journalism, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Regional Planning, or Safety Science. Some courses in complementary field may also fulfill Liberal Studies requirements (see Liberal Studies section). However, courses used to fulfill the ancillary science requirement above may not be applied to the complementary field requirement of 15 cr. At least 6 cr must be in 300/400 level courses.

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

____ ____ _________________ ( ) ________ ________ ________
____ ____ _________________ ( ) ________ ________ ________
*Two courses beyond placement or intermediate level. Introductory level foreign language courses count as free electives, and intermediate level foreign language course counts as Liberal Studies elective or global and multicultural course. If language requirement is exempted without credit, student must complete 3 cr of Liberal Studies electives from approved catalog listing at the 200 level.

H. Additional University Liberal Studies Requirements

H1. English Composition (6 cr) PLANNED TAKEN GRADE

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

H2. Humanities (9 cr)

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

H3. Fine Arts (3 cr)

____ ___ Fine Arts (3 cr) ________ _________ ________

H4. 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.

H5. Social Sciences* (9 cr)

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

H6. Liberal Studies Elective (3 cr)

____ ___ _______________ ________ ________ ________

H7. Additional Requirements (9 cr)

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

I. Free Electives (13-21 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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