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  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 University 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, internships, and directed research.

Biology Degree Requirements


To qualify for the bachelor of science in biology, a minimum of 127 credit hours of approved courses is required. Included in these 127 credits must be all the fundamental course requirements.  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 400, BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499). Of these 9 credits, the student must earn a grade of “P” (pass) in each of the two seminar courses (BS 493 and BS 494) and a grade of “C-” or higher in at least 7 credits at the 400 level or higher.

In addition, the University’s general education curriculum must be completed to earn the BS in biology. Students must complete enough credit hours in addition to those required by the General Education Curriculum and the bachelor of science in biology curriculum to reach a minimum total of 127. Biology majors may elect no more than seven lecture credits from one of the anatomy and physiology series to count toward graduation. 

No more than 2 credits of anatomy and physiology lab (i.e., BS 207 and BS 208) may count toward graduation.

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.

In order to earn a degree from Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

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

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 400, BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499).

Additional Curricular Requirements


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 Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15-16


Credits/Semester: 15-16


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • Biology Elective Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 4 Below)
  • General Education Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry 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 Humanities Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 15-17


Spring Semester


  • Biology Elective Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 4 Below)
  • Free Elective Credits: 3 
  • General Education Humanities Discipline Requirements Credits: 3
  • Natural Science Elective Credits: 3-5

Credits/Semester: 16-19


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3–6
  • Biology Elective(s) Credits: 3–6
    (See Footnote 4 Below)

Credits/Semester: 7-13


Spring Semester


  • Biology Elective(s) Credits: 3–9
    (See Footnote 4 Below)
  • Free Electives Credits 3–9
    (See Footnote 6 Below)

Credits/Semester: 7–18


Total Minimum Credits: 127


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 400, BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499). Biology majors may elect no more than seven lecture credits, from one of the following Anatomy and Physiology series, to count toward graduation:
    • BS 205 and 206
    • BS 310 and 311
    No more than 2 credits of lab (BS 207 and 208) may count toward graduation.
  5. Quantitative science requirement: Select one of the following:
    CH 361 - Analytical Chemistry
    CH 366 - Principles of Analytical Chemistry
    ST 310 - Introduction to Biostatistics,
    CH 321 - Physical Chemistry I
    SS 222 - Research Design & Statistical Analysis II
  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 127. 
  7. Students planning to graduate in January of final year need to complete Seminar sequence in their third year. 

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