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  Oct 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook

Biology, B.S.


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Common Core Courses


Courses in the Laboratory Science section of the Common Core are BIOL 0102 - Environmental Biology , BIOL 0104 - Human Biology , BIOL 0106 - Biology Today , and BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I . The 100-level courses (BIOL 0102 , BIOL 0104 , and BIOL 0106 ) do not satisfy requirements for the Biology Major and should not be taken by students majoring in Biology.  MATH 0105   and MATH 0108  each satisfy the traditional mathematics area of the Common Core.  BIOL 0278  satisfies the applied analytical reasoning area of the Common Core.  Both math courses should be selected with guidance from faculty advisor.

Requirements for the Biology Major - 63 Credits


To earn a major in Biology, students must successfully complete all Introductory Courses, Biology Seminars, Required Chemistry Courses, Upper Division Courses, and Elective Courses as described below.

Introductory Biology/Math Courses


Note:


BIOL 0128  and BIOL 0129  DO NOT have to be taken in sequence, but should be taken in the first year.  MATH 0105   and MATH 0108  each satisfy the traditional mathematics area of the Common Core and BIOL 0278  satisfies the applied analytical reasoning area of the Common Core.  Both math courses should be selected with guidance from faculty advisor.

Biology Seminars


Three 1-credit seminars as follows:

Note:


The first-year seminar serves as an introduction to the field of biology, research methods, career opportunities; assists students in integrating the knowledge gained in individual biology and cognate courses; and helps documents the student’s progress toward meeting the departmental learning goals.  A topical seminar (BIOL 0280-0289 is typically taken during the junior or senior year) and focuses on specific topics, while the Senior Seminar requires the presentation of a portfolio documenting the student’s progress toward meeting the departmental learning goals.

Required Chemistry Courses


Two semesters of chemistry may be used to satisfy the Science requirement of the Common Core.

Upper Division Biology Courses


ONE course from each of the following areas:

Elective Courses


A minimum of 15 additional credits in Biology above the 100-level (excluding internships), selected with guidance from the faculty advisor.  These 15 credits must include the following:

Recommended Courses


If students are interested in graduate or professional school, a year of calculus and a year of physics is strongly recommended. Students should discuss their academic and career goals with their faculty advisor to identify appropriate coursework.

Additional Graduation Requirements


All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements  and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core  .

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