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Biology (B.S.)

A major in biology allows a student to specialize by choosing one of three tracks: general biology, environmental studies, or human biology. The health science major prepares students to pursue a wide-variety of jobs in the health industry or to gain entry into health-related graduate schools. A composite science major is available for the Teacher Education Program for secondary level certification. The department also serves other academic disciplines by providing biological knowledge and skills needed in those areas. By balancing courses in biology with English, math, other courses outside the department students gain the broad education necessary for success in many careers. The department is committed to teaching the fundamental skills and techniques of biology,exploring how biology as a science is a way of knowing about life and instilling a desire for further study in biology. Students who major in biology will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of biology concepts and the ability to apply the knowledge.
  • Develop problem-solving skills necessary for the field of biology.
  • Develop technical skills needed for biology laboratories and scientific communication

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Students will describe cell structures and their functions. 
  2. Students will interpret genetic concepts in terms of the central dogma of genetics. 
  3. Students will be analyze and solve various types of problems in biology. 
  4. Students will use problem-solving skills to analyze published research articles. 
  5. Students will demonstrate scientific oral and written communication skills. 
  6. Students will demonstrate laboratory skills. 

Courses

Biology General Requirements

General Education Requirements - 46 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, art, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History - 3 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI) - 3 hours 
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Science (must be lab science) - 8 hours
Mathematics - 6 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours

Departmental Requirements for Biology Majors

* denotes course(s) which can also meet General Education Requirements
* CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I and Laboratory
* CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II and Laboratory
* MATH 1342 Elementary Statistics
* MATH 1425 Precalculus
* PHYS 1401 General Physics I
* PHYS 1402 General Physics II

Biology Major Requirements

Biology Major Requirements
Completion of thirty-seven (37) semester hours:
Core Requirements:
BIOLOGY BIOL 1406 General Biology I
BIOL 1407 General Biology II
BIOL 2305 Introduction to Research Methods
BIOL 4403 Genetics
The student must choose one of the following tracks:
General Biology Track
BIOL 3402 Field Zoology
BIOL 3410 Field Botany
BIOL 3452 Microbiology
Additional ten (10) semester hours in the department
Environmental Studies Track
BIOL 2406 Environmental Issues
BIOL 3400 Field Course
BIOL 3402 Field Zoology
BIOL 3410 Field Botany
BIOL 4405 General Ecology
Additional two (2) semester hours in the department
Human Biology Track
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 3452 Microbiology
BIOL 3403 Pathophysiology
BIOL 4301 Cell Biology
Additional three (3) semester hours in the department, one of which must be advanced.

Semester by Semester Plans

Catalog Year 2019-2020
Catalog Year 2018-2019
Catalog Year 2016-2017
Catalog Year 2015-2016
Catalog Year 2014-2015
Catalog Year 2013-2014

Course Rotations

Four Year Course Rotations