Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology was deactivated as of August 11, 2021. A teach-out plan is underway, and no new students will be accepted into the program. If you are currently enrolled in this program, please consult with your advisor to ensure degree completion within the teach-out period.

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See the summary of facilities and opportunities of the biology department under the Associate of Science in Biology degree program elsewhere in this catalog.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology emphasizes a broad spectrum of study from the molecular level to the biosphere and emphasizes the understanding of genetics, development, evolution, ecology, and organismal biology.  B.S. in Biology students develop a strong foundation in math, science, and technology, as well as a common core of biology subjects.

The program provides in depth studies and opportunities for research and internships that prepare students for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, medically-related research, graduate and professional studies, or joining the business and industry work force.

The B.S. in Biology can be earned by the completion of common core biology courses and biology electives. The core curriculum is followed by the core courses in biology, and includes required courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

Electives within the department allow for training to focus on specific career objectives. Electives will be selected following consultation with the faculty advisor. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses required for the degree.

Program Curriculum

Core Areas A, B, C, D, E and Additional Institutional Requirements
Required: 46 Hours

Note: Biology Majors are required to take MATH 1113 in core area A and MATH 1540 in core area D

Area F
Required Hours: 18
BIOL 1107 Principles of Biology I 4
BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II 4
CHEM 2411 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2412 Organic Chemistry II 4
SCIE 1101 Science In Society 1
MATH 1540 (Calculus I an hour carryover from Area D) 1
Required Biology Courses
Required Hours: 26
BIOL 3500 Ecology 4
BCHM 3100 Biochemistry 4
BIOL 3200 Genetics 4
BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 4
BIOL 3460 Plant Biology 4
BIOL 4550 Professional Skills for Biologist 3

Choose one from the following:
(Student may take a maximum of 6 credit hours for BIOL 4500 and a maximum of 3 credit hours for BIOL 4800.)

BIOL 4500 Undergraduate Research Project 3
BIOL 4800 Internship 3
Other Required Courses
Required Hours: 11
PHYS 2211 Physics I: Classical Mechanics 4
PHYS 2212 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Optics 4
MATH 1401 Elementary Statistics 3
General Biology Electives
Required Hours: 8

Choose two of the following:

BIOL 3300 Advanced Microbiology 4
BIOL 3600 Zoology 4
BIOL 3650 Terrestrial Ecology 4
BIOL 3750 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIOL 4410 Industrial Microbiology 4
BIOL 4750 Environmental Toxicology 4
Additional Electives
Required Hours: 15

One elective must have a BIOL or BCHM prefix.
6 Hours must be 3000-4000 level.

Total Semester Hours: 124

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