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The Bachelor of Science degree is recommended for those who wish to pursue careers in the biological sciences, medicine, dentistry, or other related biotech fields. A minimum of 37 s.h. in Biological Sciences is required for the BS degree.

The BS degree in biological sciences requires a minimum of 37 semester hours from within the Department of Biological Sciences. (Courses at the 1000 level are not applicable to a Bachelor of Science degree.):

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences6
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Required Biology Courses (37 s.h.)
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory 1
4
BIOL 2602
2602L
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory 1
4
Integrated Biology for BS/MD ( BIOL 2603 satisfies the 2601/2602 requirement)
BIOL 3721Genetics3
BIOL 4861Senior Biology Capstone Experience2
Core Courses
One course must be taken from two of the following groups (7-9 s.h.):7-9
Group A
Cell Biology: Fine Structure
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
Group B
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
Mammalogy
Group C
Plant Diversity
and Plant Diversity Laboratory
Evolution
Electives in Biology
Select 15-17 semester hours of BIOL courses at the 3700-5000 level. At least two of these courses must have a laboratory component, with at least one at the 4800-5800 level.15-17
Required Support Courses
Mathematics - take one of the following courses ( 4 s.h.):
Applied Calculus 1
Calculus 1
Statistics - take one of the following (3-4 s.h.):
BIOL 5853Biometry3
STAT 3717Statistical Methods4
Physics - take one of the following sequences (9-10 s.h.):
PHYS 1501
1501L
Fundamentals of Physics 1
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1
5
PHYS 1502
1502L
Fundamentals of Physics 2
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 2
4
OR
PHYS 2610
2610L
General Physics 1
and General Physics laboratory 1
5
PHYS 2611
2611L
General Physics 2
and General Physics laboratory 2
5
Chemistry (16 s.h.):
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3719
3719L
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3720
3720L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4

Enrollment in the recitation sections are recommended for PHYS 1501 and the above Chemistry courses.  

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
4
CHEM 1515 General Chemistry 1 4
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 (electives may be substituted if excused based on results of Placement Test) 3
GER AL/SS/SPA 3
 Semester Hours14
Spring
BIOL 2602
2602L
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory
4
CHEM 1516 General Chemistry 2 4
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 (electives may be substituted if excused based on results of Placement Test) 3
GER Elective (COMM 1545 recommended) 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 2
Fall
Biology Core Courses (choose 1 of 3) 1 4-5
MATH 1570
Applied Calculus 1
or Calculus 1
4
BIOL 3721 Genetics (CT) 3
CHEM 3719 Organic Chemistry 1 4
 Semester Hours15-16
Spring
Biology Core Course: choose 1 of 3 1 4-5
STAT 3717
Statistical Methods
or Biometry
4
CHEM 3720 Organic Chemistry 2 4
GER elective (SI) 3
 Semester Hours15-16
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 3700-5800 course 4
PHYS 1501
1501L
Fundamentals of Physics 1
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1
5
GER electives (PS), (SI) 6
 Semester Hours15
Spring
BIOL 3700-5800 course 4
PHYS 1502
1502L
Fundamentals of Physics 2
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 2
4
GER Electives (AL), (PS) 6
 Semester Hours14
Year 4
Fall
BIOL 3700 course 4
BIOL 5800 course 4
GER elective (AL) 3
General Electives 6
 Semester Hours17
Spring
BIOL 3700-5800 course 4
BIOL 4861 Senior Biology Capstone Experience 2
General Electives 4-10
 Semester Hours10-16
 Total Semester Hours114-122
1

 Core courses: One course must be taken from two of the following groups: Group A:  BIOL 3711 Cell Biology: Fine Structure or

BIOL 3702 Microbiology and BIOL 3702L Microbiology Laboratory

Group B: BIOL 3730 Human Physiology and BIOL 3730L Human Physiology Laboratory or BIOL 3725 Mammalogy  Group C: BIOL 3740 Plant Diversity and BIOL 3740L Plant Diversity Laboratory  or BIOL 3759 Evolution

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the major in biological sciences are as follows:

  •  Students will be prepared for entry into professional health or research related schools, post-graduate (MS, PhD) programs, or the work place.
  •  Students will master the subjects found on standardized tests (molecular biology, physiology, immunology) required for entrance into professional schools (MCAT, GRE, etc.).
  •  Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biological principles and their application.
  •  Students should be able to reason critically, both individually and in collaboration with other students.