Biology, B.A.

Degree Requirements

The B.A. major in biology is designed to allow students to combine coursework in biology with classes towards a major or minor in a liberal arts field, business, or education. It is appropriate for students preparing for admission to doctoral or master’s degree programs in physical therapy, hospital administration, and genetic counseling; it can also be used to meet admission requirements for programs in occupational therapy, optometry, environmental law, scientific illustration, public health, and science communication, among many possibilities. The degree program requires 120 credit hours.

University Core Requirements — 39 hours

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The two core science and core mathematics requirements are satisfied by the major and degree requirement classes below.

College Requirements - 21-33 hours

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Degree Requirements

Major Requirements — 35 hours

BIO 207Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

3

BIO 277Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab

1

BIO 208Introduction to Evolution and Ecology

3

BIO 278Introduction to Evolution and Ecology Lab

1

BIO 453Evolution

3

24 credits - Upper-division biology electives including at least three labs (taken with corresponding lectures), one from each area:

Cell labs — choose one from:

BIO 333Genetics Lab

1

BIO 361Microbiology Lab

1

BIO 372Cell and Molecular Biology Lab

1

BIO 470Immunology Lab

1

Organismal labs — choose one from:

BIO 368Marine Biology Lab

1

BIO 365Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1

1

BIO 366Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab 2

1

BIO 376Developmental Biology Lab

1

Field-Population labs — choose one from:

BIO 362Ornithology Lab

1

BIO 371Field Botany

1

BIO 373Freshwater Ecology Lab

1

BIO 374Wetlands Ecology Lab

1

BIO 375Vertebrate Biology Lab

1

BIO 472Ecology Lab

1

A maximum of six non-classroom hours (from BIO 397/493/497/499) may be used for completion of the major. A maximum of three upper-division electives in BIO 397 or 497 may be Pass/No Pass for completion of the major.

Degree Requirements — 11-12 hours

CHM 277General Chemistry I Lab

1

CHM 208General Chemistry II

3

CHM 278General Chemistry II Lab

1

MTH 161Elementary Statistics

3

Or

MTH 201Calculus I

4

General Electives — 10-23 hours

Total Credit Hours: 120