Catalogue 2021 - 2022

Biology Major

General Information

The Biology curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in the fundamental facts, theories, and principles of biology, experience with the experimental design, instrumentation, and data analysis methods that biologists use in research and practice using the critical reasoning and communication skills required for biologically-oriented graduate programs and professions.

Career Opportunities

Biology graduates are employed as laboratory technicians, product analysts, quality control technicians, and forensic scientists. Others are in research, teaching, or have gone on to graduate or medical schools.

Physical and Biological Faculty


Program Objectives:

  1. To demonstrate knowledge of basic structure and functioning of cells.
  2. To understand the basic features of the synthetic theory of evolution.
  3. To understand basic ecological principles.
  4. To understand the principles and mathematical analysis of Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance.
  5. To understand the structure and function of nucleic acids and molecular controls.
  6. To understand the structure and physiology of animals.
  7. To understand the structure and physiology of plants.
  8. To achieve additional understanding in population biology, organismic biology, or cellular and molecular biology.
  9. To develop quantitative problem solving skills and data analysis.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required biology courses (34 credit hours)

BIO 107General Biology I

3 cr.

BIO 117General Biology Laboratory I

1 cr.

BIO 108General Biology II

3 cr.

BIO 118General Biology Laboratory II

1 cr.

BIO 201Plant Biology

4 cr.

BIO 213Ecology

3 cr.

BIO 306Genetics

4 cr.

BIO 310Cell Biology

4 cr.

BIO 455Evolution

3 cr.

BIO 470Seminar in Biology

1 cr.

BIO 2xx-4xxSeven additional semester hours of 2xx-4xx BIO courses

7 cr.

Total Credit Hours:34
Additional courses that fulfill the BIO 2xx-4xx requirement:  HS 412, HS 315, and HS 320

Required chemistry courses (16 credit hours)

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

CHEM 106General Chemistry II

4 cr.

CHEM 209Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 219Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr.

CHEM 220Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:16

Twelve to 14 additional credit hours in math, physics, and statistics courses

MATH 109Pre-Calculus Mathematics

3 cr.

or

MATH 123Calculus I for Management, Life, and Social Sciences

3 cr.

PHYS 123Physics of the Life Sciences I

4 cr.

And

PHYS 124Physics of the Life Sciences II

4 cr.

or

PHYS 101Elements of Physics

3 cr.

And

PHYS 15XPHYS 15X Elective

3 cr.

MATH 121Introductory Probability and Statistics

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:12-14
The 2.0 required grade point average in this major is based upon all BIO courses (except for BIO 15x and BIO 19x), as well as CHEM 105/CHEM 106/CHEM 209/CHEM 210/CHEM 219/CHEM 220 and HS 315/HS 320/HS 412 pursued as part of the student's degree program.

Total Credit Hours: 62-64