Jul 21, 2019
Bachelor of Science Degree
College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology and Physics
The program of study in biology leading to a Bachelor of Science degree provides students with the opportunity to pursue a major field of concentration in biology with a background in the liberal arts. The breadth and depth of the course offerings combined with high academic standards provide students with the flexibility to concentrate on any of the many career opportunities in biology. The biology degree program will prepare students for graduate school, for professional schools in a number of health-related fields including medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary schools and for technical positions in a large number of science laboratories.
University-Wide Fitness For Living Requirement (3 Credit Hours)
Specific General Education requirements for this major
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)
- Lab/math credit from General Education (2 Credit Hours)
Upper Division Major Requirements (45 Credit Hours)
Choose one from A and one from B:
A. Anatomy and Physiology (4 Credit Hours)
B. Cell and Molecular Biology (3-4 Credit Hours)
II. Biology Upper-Level Electives* (15-16 Credit Hours)
Any upper level Biology or Biotechnology courses (with the exception of BIOL 3396 Co-op).** (A student must have a minimum of four (4) laboratory courses: BIOL 3300, BIOL 3370; one laboratory course chosen from among those listed in the Anatomy and Physiology area plus any other upper-level Biology laboratory course of the students choosing.)
III. Statistics Requirement
IV. Organic Chemistry Labs
Related Studies (3 Credit Hours)
Any courses for which prerequisites have been met, chosen from among the following:
- any upper-level Biology or Biotechnology
- any upper-level Chemistry
- any upper-level Math or Statistics
- other courses with prior approval of Biology/Physics Department Chair
Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)
Any credit courses in university curriculum.
Program Total (123 Credit Hours)
* A maximum of 8 hours (at least two different experiences) from BIOL 3398, 4400 and/or 4450 can be used to satisfy major electives. Credit for BIOL 3396 can be applied to Free Electives only.
** Students who wish to sit for the national certification exam in Cytogenetics must take BIOL 3327, BTEC 4310, and BTEC 4300. See director of the Cytogenetics track for details.