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Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology emphasizes a broad spectrum of study from the molecular level to the whole organism and emphasizes the understanding of genetics, development, evolution and the interaction with a dynamic environment.  B.S. in Biology students will become well-grounded in math, science and technology as well as a common core of biology topics. 

The program will provide 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 and E
Required Hours: 42

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

Area F
Required: 18 Hours
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
Institutional Requirement Hours: 4
HLTH 2051 (Health) 2
2-PHED (Physical Education - 1hour each)
or 1-PHED & HLTH 2181 (First Aid - 1 hour)
Required Biology Courses
Required: 22 Hours
BIOL 3500 (Ecology) 4
BCHM 3100 (Biochemistry) 4
BIOL 3200 (Genetics) 4
BIOL 3400 (Cell Biology) 4
BIOL 4700 (Interdisciplinary Applications of Biology) 3

Choose one from the following:

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: 8 Hours

Choose two of the following:

BIOL 3300 (Microbiology) 4
BIOL 3600 (Zoology) 4
BIOL 3650 (Terrestrial Ecology) 4
BIOL 4410 (Industrial Microbiology) 4
Additional Electives
Required Hours: 19

One elective must have a BIOL or BCHM prefix.
9 Hours must be 3000-4000 level to total 39 Hours.
Students may take a maximum of 6 Credit Hours for BIOL 4500 (Undergraduate Research Project) and a maximum of 3 Credit Hours for BIOL 4800 (Internship)

Total Semester Hours: 125

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