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Majors and Minors in Biology and Chemistry

No minor is required for the BA or BS degree.  A minor in biology, chemistry, mathematics, combined science, or geology can be earned by thoughtful choices of electives. Students should consult with their adviser early in their academic career to establish a degree plan.


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Biology (BA)

Required courses: 54-59 credit hours

BIOL 211 General Biology 1 (4)
BIOL 212 General Biology 2 (4)
BIOL 300 Genetics (4)
BIOL 313 Diversity & Systematics (3)
CHEM 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 212 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHEM 215 Chemistry Lab 1 (2)
CHEM 216 Chemistry Lab 2 (2)
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
FOR 340 Quantitative Methods (3)

Choose one of the following:

BIOL 301 General Microbiology (4)
BIOL 302 Animal Structure & Function (4)
BIOL 303 Plant Structure & Function (4)

Choose one of the following:

BIOL 389 Ecology (4)
BIOL 476 Evolution (3)

Choose one of the following:

BIOL 405 Bacterial Physiology (4)
BIOL 423 Molecular & Cell Biology (4)

Choose one of the following:

MATH 155 Applied Calculus (3)
MATH 160 Pre-Calculus (5)

Choose one of the following:

PHYS 151 Algebra Physics 1 (4)

AND

PHYS 152 Algebra Physics 2 (4)

OR

PHYS 291 Calculus Physics 1 (5)

AND

PHYS 292 Calculus Physics 2 (5)

Electives: 8 credit hours

In consultation with your biology adviser, choose any combination of elective to receive a minimum of eight upper-division credit hours (>300).

Major Total: 62-67 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 13-18 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is not required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 120 credit hours will vary by the number of credit hours taken in the major and proficiency courses. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 120 credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Biology (BS)

Biology majors must take the following required courses and electives.

Required courses: 65-71 credit hours

BIOL 211 General Biology 1 (4)
BIOL 212 General Biology 2 (4)
BIOL 300 Genetics (4)
BIOL 313 Diversity & Systematics (3)
CHEM 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 212 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHEM 215 Chemistry Lab 1 (2)
CHEM 216 Chemistry Lab 2 (2)
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
MATH 160 Pre-Calculus (5)
MATH 21 Calculus (4)
FOR 340 Quantitative Methods (3)

Choose one of the following:

BIOL 301 General Microbiology (4)
BIOL 302 Animal Structure & Function (4)
BIOL 303 Plant Structure & Function (4)

Choose one of the following:

BIOL 389 Ecology (4)
BIOL 476 Evolution (3)

Choose one of the following:

BIOL 405  Bacterial Physiology (4)
BIOL 423 Molecular & Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 491 Senior Project (2); 1,3-4

Choose one of the following:

BIOL 492 Senior Project (2); 1,3-4
BIOL 499 Independent Research (2-4)

Choose one set from the following:

PHYS 151 Algebra Physics 1 (4)

AND

PHYS 152 Algebra Physics 2 (4)

OR

PHYS 291 Calculus Physics 1 (5)

AND

PHYS 292 Calculus Physics 2 (5)

Electives: 12 credit hours

In consultation with your biology adviser, choose any combination of electives to receive a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours (>300) with at least nine hours from biology. The remainder can be from any other science including biology. If BIOL 331, 332, and 432 are three of the chosen electives for the BS degree in biology, they will be counted as only a total of eight credits toward the 12 credits required, thus requiring an additional class be taken.

Major Total: 77-83 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Proficiency/Electives to 120 - 123: 0 - 3 credit hours

Total for degree: 120-123 credit hours*

*A minor is not required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 120 - 123 credit hours will vary by the number of credit hours taken in the major and proficiency courses. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 120 - 123 credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Major in Biology with a Concentration in Teaching

Biology degree requirement, including the following four credits of electives:

BIOL 359 Fundamentals of Lab Safety (1)
BIOL 420 Teaching Science & Math in Middle & Secondary Schools (3)

And must minor in secondary education

Concentration Total: 69-71 credit hours

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Minor in Biology

Required Courses: 16 credit hours

BIOL 211 General Biology 1 (4)
BIOL 212 General Biology 2 (4)

Take at least 2 courses of the following list:

BIOL 301 General Microbiology (4)
BIOL 302 Animal Structure & Function (4)
BIOL 303 Plant Structure & Function (4)

Electives: 8 hours

Choose at least two 300-to 400-level courses in biology.

Minor Total: 24 credit hours

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