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2009-2010 University Catalog 
    
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology – Major


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Biology is concerned with the life and behavior of all organisms. Biology encompasses more than 25 major fields and over 300 recognized specialty areas.

Careers for biologists exist in academic, clinical, industrial, educational, and governmental settings. Biology majors are well prepared to pursue opportunities in the workforce or in graduate or professional schools. Graduates who major in biology typically pursue advanced degrees in medicine or biology or are employed in health, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, environmental, industrial, and teaching professions.

The biology curriculum is flexible. The courses in the first two years introduce students to basic biological concepts and provide a foundation in the natural and physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Individualization characterizes the third and fourth years. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students select courses that best satisfy their interests and career goals. Electives embrace all areas of biology—animal biology, cellular/subcellular biology, clinical biology, plant biology, population biology, and interdisciplinary biology. Students may also receive academic credit for independent study and directed research.

Biology Degree Requirements


To qualify for the bachelor of science in biology, a minimum of 130 credit hours of approved courses is required. Included in these 130 credits must be BS 101 - Biological Sciences Orientation and BS 204 - Biological Sciences Colloquium, unless excepted or waived by the department chairperson*. At least 36 credit hours (excluding BS 101 and BS 204) must represent courses in the biological sciences. A minimum of 9 credits must be at or above the 400 level (excluding BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499).

At the 200 level and above, only those biology credits for which a student has earned a grade of “C-” or better will count toward the minimum biology credits required for graduation. Credit hours earned in a course of a biological nature offered by a department other than the Department of Biological Sciences may only be used to meet the minimum credits required to qualify for a bachelor of science in biology with the written approval of the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center. Students who entered in Catalog Year 2006 or earlier must also pass the computer competency requirement.

Note:
*All exceptions or waivers of individual course requirements are at the discretion of the department chairperson.

Biology Fundamental Requirements (18 credit hours)


Coursework used to meet the 36-credit minimum for biological sciences must include the following:

Biology Distribution Requirements and Electives


Coursework used to meet the additional 18 credits of the 36-credit minimum for the biological sciences must include the following:

Biology Distribution Requirements: One course must be taken from each of the three following categories: animal biology, plant biology, and population biology (see below). A course from any of the following lists may not substitute for credits in another list as specified distribution requirements without the permission of the department chair and the instructor responsible for the course in question.

Biology Electives: Choose from the following listings with a minimum of 9 total biology credits at/or above the 400 level (excluding BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499).

Additional Curricular Requirements


  • MA 101/102 - Mathematical Analysis I and II Credits: 6 total
  • CH 101–104 - General Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory Credits: 8 total
    (See Footnote 1 Below)
  • CH 201-204 - Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab Credits: 8 total
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • PY 201/202 - Physics Credits: 8 total
    (See Footnote 3 Below)
  • CH 340 - Survey of Biochemistry or CH 341 - Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or CH 346 - Biochemistry Credits: 3
  • Quantitative Science Requirement (one course): Students may choose from ST 310 - Introduction to Biostatistics, CH 361 - Analytical Chemistry, CH 366 - Principles of Analytical Chemistry, or CH 321 - Physical Chemistry I Credits: 3–4
  • Natural Science Elective - Students must pass a 300-level or higher natural science course (designated BS, CH, PY, BI, or GL). Courses considered to be Seminar, Independent Study, or Directed Research cannot be used for this elective.

Footnotes:

  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111–114.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211–214.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211/212.

 

Sample Biology Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2006 and earlier (graduating classes of 2009–2010)—with core curriculum.

Students must complete 36 credits in biology (excluding BS 101 and BS 204), which must include one course from each of plant, animal, and population biology categories and a minimum of 9 biology credits at the 400 level (excluding BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499).

First Year


Fall Semester


Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.

Credits/Semester: 15


Second Year


Fall Semester


Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.

Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.

  • Social Sciences Fundamental Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.

Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.

  • Biology Program Elective Credits: 3–4
  • Social Sciences Fundamental Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18–19


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Biology Program Elective Credits: 3–4
  • Core Distribution Requirement Credits: 3
  • Quantitative Science Requirement Credits: 3–4
    Select one of the following: CH 361 - Analytical Chemistry, ST 310 - Introduction to Biostatistics, CH 366 - Principles of Analytical Chemistry, or CH 321 - Physical Chemistry I.

Credits/Semester: 15–18


Spring Semester


  • Biology Program Elective Credits: 3–4
  • Core Distribution Requirement Credits: 6
  • Natural Science Elective Credits: 2–4

Credits/Semester: 15–18


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Core Elective Credits: 3
  • Biology Program Elective(s)
  • Free Electives 
    Additional to those required by the core curriculum and the Department of Biological Sciences to reach a minimum total of 130.

Credits/Semester: 16–17


Spring Semester


  • Biology Program Elective(s)
  • Free Electives
    Additional to those required by the core curriculum and the Department of Biological Sciences to reach a minimum total of 130.

Credits/Semester: 17


Total Minimum Credits: 130


Notes:


a. All students must demonstrate competency in computer applications before progressing to the third year.
b. Students must pass the writing proficiency examination as a requirement for graduation.
c. Some courses are only offered every other year. Students should inquire about availability of courses in which they are interested to ensure that their schedules in the third and fourth years can accommodate these courses.

Sample Biology Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2007 and 2008 (graduating classes of 2011 and 2012)—with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Second Year


Fall Semester


General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • Biology Elective Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 4 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18–19


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Quantitative Science Requirements Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 5 Below)
  • Biology Elective Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 4 Below)
  • General Education Electives Credits: 6
  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

 

Credits/Semester: 18–21


Spring Semester


  • Biology Elective Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 4 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 6
  • Natural Science Elective Credits: 2–4

Credits/Semester: 15–18


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3–6
  • Biology Elective(s) Credits: 3–6
    (See Footnote 4 Below)

Credits/Semester: 7–13


Spring Semester


  • Biology Elective(s) Credits: 3–8
  • General Education or Free Electives Credits 3–9
    (See Footnote 6 Below)

Credits/Semester: 7–18


Total Minimum Credits: 130


Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.
  4. Students must complete 36 credits in biology (excluding BS 101 and BS 204), which must include one from each of plant, animal, and population biology and a minimum of 9 biology credits at the 400 level (excluding BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499).
  5. Quantitative science requirement: Select one of the following: CH 361 - Analytical Chemistry, CH 366 - Principles of Analytical Chemistry, ST 310 - Introduction to Biostatistics, or CH 321 - Physical Chemistry I.
  6. Students must complete enough credit hours in addition to those required by the General Education Curriculum and the Department of Biological Sciences to reach a minimum total of 130.

Sample Biology Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2009 and beyond (graduating classes of 2013 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • Biology Elective Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 4 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18–19


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Quantitative Science Requirements Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 5 Below)
  • Biology Elective Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 4 Below)
  • General Education Electives Credits: 6
  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18–21


Spring Semester


  • Biology Elective Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 4 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 6
  • Natural Science Elective Credits: 4

Credits/Semester: 15-18


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3–6
  • Biology Elective(s) Credits: 3–6
    (See Footnote 4 Below)

Credits/Semester: 7-13


Spring Semester


  • Biology Elective(s) Credits: 3–8
  • General Education or Free Electives Credits 3–9
    (See Footnote 6 Below)

Credits/Semester: 7–18


Total Minimum Credits: 130


Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.
  4. Students must complete 36 credits in biology (excluding BS 101 and BS 204), which must include one from each of plant, animal, and population biology and a minimum of 9 biology credits at the 400 level (excluding BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499).
  5. Quantitative science requirement: Select one of the following: CH 361 - Analytical Chemistry, CH 366 - Principles of Analytical Chemistry, ST 310 - Introduction to Biostatistics, or CH 321 - Physical Chemistry I.
  6. Students must complete enough credit hours in addition to those required by the General Education Curriculum and the Department of Biological Sciences to reach a minimum total of 130.

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