General Departmental Requirements

General Departmental Requirements

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) are not acceptable to fulfill department major degree requirements (with the exception of courses numbered BI 401-408 which are only offered as P/NP). A grade of "C-" or above is required for all courses taken to satisfy departmental major requirements, including courses from supporting departments.

 

General Departmental Requirements

 

All Biology majors must complete the coursework listed below in addition to the Biology Major Requirements.

                                                                                                                                                 

Courses:

Credits:

General Chemistry: CH 221, 222, 223 + CH 227, 228, 229 (labs)

15

Organic Chemistry: CH 331 or 334

 4

Mathematics: Math 251/252 or STATS 243/244

 8

Physics: PH 201 & 214

 5

Additional Science Coursework* (Above and beyond requirements listed above)

12

*Courses at the 200+Level from CH, CS, ESM, G, or PH


 

Biology Major Requirements:


Lower Division Biology Core

Enrollment requires concurrent enrollment in CH 221 & 227 or prior completion of CH 221 & 227

                                                                                                                    

Courses:

Credits:

BI 211 & 214 Principles Of Biology I

 5

BI 212 & 215 Principles Of Biology II

 5

BI 213 & 216 Principles Of Biology III

 5

Upper Division Biology Core

Complete a minimum of 44 upper division Biology credits and satisfy requirements 1, 2 & 3 below

                                                                                               

Requirement #1:

Choose at least one course from each of areas A, B & C

Courses:

Credits:

Area A: Cellular/Molecular

 

BI 334 Molecular Biology

 4

BI 336 Cell Biology

 5

BI 341 Genetics

 4

Area B: Systems/Organisms

 

BI 320 Introduction to Physiology

  4

BI 330 Introduction to Plant Biology

  4

BI 386 Invertebrate Zoology

  6

BI 387 Vertebrate Zoology

  6

BI 380 Microbiology

  4

Area C: Ecology/Evolution

 

BI 357 Ecology

  4

BI 358 Evolution

  4

Requirement #2:

Choose at least two additional courses at the 300 or 400 level with a major laboratory or field component (* courses will satisfy Requirement #2 only if the course is not used to satisfy Requirement #1) 

Courses:

 

BI 301, 302, 303 Anatomy & Physiology

 

BI 326 Comparative Vertebrate Embryology

 

BI 328 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

 

BI 337 Cell Biology Lab

 

BI 361 Marine Biology Lab

 

BI 386 Invertebrate Zoology*

 

BI 387 Vertebrate Zoology*

 

BI 388 Microbiology Lab

BI 410 Museum Outreach

BI 410 TOP: Chem + Bio CURE

 

BI 413 Herpetology

 

BI 414 Ornithology

 

BI 415 Mammology

 

BI 416 Marine Mammals

 

BI 431 Recombinant DNA Lab

 

BI 432 Plant Diversity & Evolution

 

BI 441 Plant Physiology

 

BI 450 Phylogenetic Biology

 

BI 455 Histology

 

BI 471 Plant Ecology

 

BI 473 Field Sampling Techniques

 

BI 476 Population Ecology

BI 479 Plant Reproductive Biology

 

Requirement #3:

Choose at least 12 credits with a BI prefix numbered 412-499 (this can include those from Requirement #2 but cannot be counted twice). *Some BI 410 courses will also apply toward the BI 412-499  requirement area.


Additional courses that meet the 44 credit upper division requirements:

Research, Teaching & Workshops:

A maximum of 6 credits total from the below list (or 8 credits if completing the Biology Honors Thesis)

Courses:

 

BI 401 Research

 

BI 404 Cooperative Education/Internship

 

BI 405 Reading & Conference

 

BI 406 Laboratory Project

 

 

Approved courses from other departments (see list below):

A maximum of 8 credits from the following departments may be applied, with prior department approval. If you are interested in taking a course from one of these disciplines please check in with your biology advisor prior to taking the course as not all upper division credits will be approved.

Courses:

 

Anthropology

ANTH

Chemistry

CHEM

Computer Science

CS

Environmental Science & Management

ESM

Public Health Education

PHE

Geography

GEOG

Geology

GEOL

Psychology

PSY

Physics

PH

Statistics

STAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suggested Sample Schedule

 

First Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

Notes

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

* Students must place into Math 112in order to take Chemistry 221. Biology 211/214 cannot be taken without concurrent enrollment in CH 221, or prior completion of CH 221-223

Freshman Inquiry

5

Freshman Inquiry

5

Freshman Inquiry

5

*BI 211/214 Principles of

Biology I

5

BI 212/215 Principles of Biology II

5

BI 213/216 Principles of Biology III

5

*CH 221/227 General Chemistry

5

CH 222/228 General Chemistry II

5

CH 223/229 General Chemistry III

5

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

Notes

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

 

1Students must take at least one course from each of the areas A, B and C. See departments for detailed course lists.

2Math 251/252 or Stats 243/244

Sophomore Inquiry

4

Sophomore

Inquiry

4

Sophomore Inquiry

4

CH 334 Organic Chemistry 1

4

Biology Area A, B or C Course1

4

Biology Area A, B or C Course1

4

Math 251 or Stats 2432

4

Math 252 or Stats 2442

4

G/CH/CS/ESM/PH Elective

4

Arts & Letters/Social Science Elective

4

G/CH/CS/ESM/PH Elective

4

Arts & Letters/Social Science Elective

4

Total Credits

16

Total Credits

16

Total Credits

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

Notes

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

³Students must complete at least TWO courses with a major lab component. See Department for detailed course list.

BI upper division elective courses can be any course with the BI prefix (or from a related discipline with adviser approval - SEE ADVISER) numbered 300-499.  

Upper Division Cluster

4

Upper Division Cluster

4

Upper Division Cluster

4

Biology Area A, B or C Course1

4

Biology Requirement #2, Course with Lab3

4

Biology Upper Division Cluster

4

PH 201 & 214

5

G/CH/CS/ESM/PH Elective

4

Biology 412-499 Course

4

 

 

Arts & Letters/Social Science Elective

4

General Elective

2

Total Credits

13

Total Credits

16

Total Credits

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

Notes

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

 

Biology Requirement #2 Course with Lab

6

Biology 412-499 Course

4

Senior Capstone

6

Biology 412-499 Course

4

Biology Upper Division Elective

4

Biology Upper Division Elective

4

General Upper Division Elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

 

 

General Upper Division Elective

4

 

 

Total Credits

14

Total Credits

16

Total Credits

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits for Degree: 180

*Students who were enrolled in spring 2014 (prior to 03/15/2014) may have the option of utilizing one of the previous Biology tracks. Please consult with your adviser.