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2011-2012 Catalog

School of Arts and Sciences

Requirements for Biology (B.S.)



  1. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after.  See “General Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.”

  2. Satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science.
    • Natural sciences with lab (for a total of 11 semester hours of natural sciences)

  3. General requirements:
    • Lower Division - BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1407 General Biology for Science Majors; BIOL 2420 Elementary Microbiology; CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 General Inorganic Chemistry; CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 2325 organic Chemistry II; PHYS 1401 General Physics; and MATH 2312 Precalculus.

    • Upper Division - ENGL 3430 Professional Writing; MATH 3391 Probability and Statistics.

    • Concentration -
      • Upper Division - BIOL 4310 Biochemistry II, BIOL 4313 Genetics, BIOL 3330 Histology, BIOL 4333 Comparative Animal Physiology, BIOL 3326 Plant Biology, BIOL 4337 Cell & Molecular Biology or BIOL 4335 Ecology,  BIOL 3340 Animal Behavior, or BIOL 3342 Social Biology; BIOL 4103 Biology Seminar or BIOL 4102 Independent Research in Biology.  Students must take a minimum of 4 semester hours of upper division laboratory, BIOL 4100.  Concurrent enrollment in the lecture class is required.

  4. Students must take a minimum of 4 semester hours of upper division laboratory.

  5. Students seeking secondary certification should see the section on “Secondary Teacher Certification Programs”.

  6. Free electives - Enough electives to fulfill the 120 semester hour requirement and the 54 semester hours of upper division courses.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Biology, B.S. Plan
(for students entering Spring 2011 or after)

I. CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
(42 total core hours required).
LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
    English Composition 6     6
    College Math or higher 3     3
    Natural Sciences 6     6
    Humanities 3     3
    Visual/Performing Arts 3     3
    U.S. History 6     6
    Political Science 6     6
    Social/Behavioral Science 3     3
    Speech 3     3
    Computer Literacy 3     3

II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

LD

LD/UD

UD

TOTAL
    A. General
        ENGL 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
        BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors 4      4
        BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors 4      4
        BIOL 2420 Elementary Microbiology 4     4
        CHEM 1411 General Inorganic Chemistry 4     4
        CHEM 1412 General Inorganic Chemistry 4     4
        PHYS 1401 General Physics 4     4
        MATH 2312 Precalculus 3     3
        MATH 3391 Probability and Statistics     3 3
        CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry I 3     3
        CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II 3     3

    B. Concentration
        BIOL 4310 Biochemistry II     3 3
        BIOL 4313 Genetics     3 3
        BIOL 3330 Histology     3 3
        BIOL 4333 Comparative Animal Physiology     3 3
        BIOL 3326 Plant Biology     3 3
        BIOL 4337 Cell & Molecular Biology
            Or BIOL 4335 Ecology
    3 3
        BIOL 3340 Animal Behavior
            Or BIOL 3342 Social Biology
    3 3
        BIOL 4103 Biology Seminar
            Or BIOL 4102 Independent Research in Biology
    1 1
        BIOL 4100 Lab (Concurrent enrollment in lecture class is 
        required.)
    4 4

III.  FREE ELECTIVES – Additional upper division hours to satisfy the 120 minimum requirement
of hours on the degree plan and the 54 hour minimum of upper division hours.
    
    Elective courses for Premedical and Predental/ Biotechnology/Environment Concentrations:
        BIOL 3323 Comparative Anatomy     3 3
        BIOL 3343 Immunology     3 3
        BIOL 4320 Embryology     3 3
        BIOL  3320 Human Genetics
            or BIOL 3322 Human Physiology
    3 3
        BIOL 4335 Ecology with BIOL 4100 Ecology  Lab Or
        BIOL 4337 Cell & Molecular Biology with BIOL 4100 Lab
    4 4
        BIOL  4300 Cancer Biology
            Or BIOL 4390 Phytochemical & Health
    3 3
        BIOL 4300 Biotechnology & Bioinformatics     3 3
        BIOL 4325 Introduction Forensic Science     3 3
        BIOL 4345 Toxicology
            Or BIOL 4300 Marine Ecology
            Or BIOL 4300 Bioterrorism and Biosecurity
    3 3
* TOTAL       120

    * Students must complete a minimum of 4 semester hours of upper division laboratory.
    ** Total must be minimum of 120 semester hours with minimum 40 s.h.at upper division levels.