2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Bachelor of Science

Biological Sciences Major

Program Curriculum

Degree Core Requirements
BIOL 1115Principles of Biology Laboratory 1,21
BIOL 1116Principles of Biology Laboratory 1,21
BIOL 2004Genetics 33
BIOL 2134Cell Function and Differentiation 33
BIOL 2704Evolutionary Biology 33
BIOL 2804Ecology 33
CHEM 1035General Chemistry 1,23
CHEM 1036General Chemistry 1,23
Subtotal20
Major Requirements
BIOL 1004Biology Orientation Seminar 2,41
CHEM 1045General Chemistry Laboratory 21
CHEM 1046General Chemistry Laboratory 21
CHEM 2535Organic Chemistry 2,33
CHEM 2536Organic Chemistry 2,33
CHEM 2545Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2,31
CHEM 2546Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2,31
PHYS 2205General Physics 2,33
PHYS 2206General Physics 2,33
PHYS 2215General Physics Laboratory 2,31
PHYS 2216General Physics Laboratory 2,31
Subtotal19
Elective Courses
Select 22 credits of Biological Sciences electives.22
a. Select at least one of the following:
Plant Biology 3
General Zoology 3
General Microbiology 3
b. Select at least three linked or inclusive laboratory courses from the list below (two must be BIOL or cross listed courses). Note: courses used to complete this requirement also count as Biological Sciences elective credits (section c).
Linked Lab Courses 3
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory 3
Insect Biology
and Insect Biology Laboratory 3
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
and Medical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory 3
Microbial Genetics
and Microbial Molecular Genetics and Physiology Laboratory 3
Pathogenic Bacteriology
and Pathogenic Bacteriology Lab 3
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory 3
Soils
and Soils Laboratory 3
Introduction to Neuroscience
and Neuroscience Laboratory 3
Physiological Psychology
and Laboratory in Physiological Psychology 3
Inclusive Lab Courses 3
Phage Hunters
Phage Hunters 3
Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 3
Field and Laboratory Ecology 3
Plant Taxonomy 3
Introductory Parasitology 3
Introduction to Histology 3
Food Microbiology 3
Freshwater Ecology 3
Environmental Microbiology 3
Plant Ecology 3
Aquatic Entomology 3
Ornithology 3
Invertebrate Zoology 3
Freshwater Biomonitoring 3
Bioinformatics Methods 3
Mammalogy 3
Herpetology 3
Ichthyology 3,4
Plant Pathology 3
c. Select at least 12 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level from the following list of Biological Sciences elective credits. A maximum of 9 credits of non-BIOL or non-cross listed courses from the list below may be counted toward the 22 required Biological Sciences elective credits.
Cancer: Causes, Treatments, Costs
Biology of Sex
Human Biology: Concepts and Current Issues
Plants and Civilization
How Animals Think
Phage Hunters
Phage Hunters 3
Plant Biology 3
Biotechnology in A Global Society 3
General Zoology 3
General Microbiology 2,3
General Microbiology Laboratory 3
Insect Biology 3
Insect Biology Laboratory 3
Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 3
Field and Laboratory Ecology 3
Human Genetics 3
Plant Taxonomy 3
Medical and Veterinary Entomology 3
Medical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory 3
Introductory Animal Physiology 3
Introductory Parasitology 3
Introduction to Histology 3
Food Microbiology 3
Molecular Biology 3
Study Abroad (var. credit)
Freshwater Ecology 3
Environmental Toxicology 3
Developmental Biology 3
Global Change Ecology 3
Evolutionary Genetics 3
Environmental Microbiology 3
Plant Ecology 3
Chemical Ecology 3
Aquatic Entomology 3
Ornithology 3
Invertebrate Zoology 3
Ethology 2,3
Freshwater Biomonitoring 3
Neurochemical Regulation 3
Infectious Disease Ecology 3
Social Behavior of Birds and Mammals 3
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Senior Seminar 3
Microbial Genetics 3
Microbial Physiology 3
Microbial Molecular Genetics and Physiology Laboratory 3
Virology 3
Pathogenic Bacteriology 3
Immunology 3
Immunology Laboratory 3
Pathogenic Bacteriology Lab 3
Inflammation Biology 3
Prokaryotic Diversity 3
Bioinformatics Methods 3
Proteomics and Biological Mass Spectrometry 3
Cytogenetics 3
Clinical Biology 3
Cancer Biology 3
Cell Biology 3
Independent Study (var. credit) 5
Undergraduate Research 2,5
Comparative Animal Physiology and Anatomy 3
Animal Breeding and Genetics 3
Animal Nutrition and Feeding 3
Biochemistry for Biotechnology and the Life Sciences 3
Soils 3
Soils Laboratory 3
Wildlife Biology 3,6
Mammalogy 3
Herpetology 3
Ichthyology 3,6
Fish Ecology 3
Marine Ecology 3
Epidemiology Foodborne Disease 3
Introduction to Neuroscience 3
Introduction to Neuroscience 3
Neuroscience Laboratory 3
Neuroscience Laboratory 3
Plant Pathology 3
Microbial Forensics and Biosecurity 3
Introduction to Neuroscience of Behavior 3
Physiological Psychology 3
Laboratory in Physiological Psychology 3
Subtotal22
Free Electives
Select 14 credits14
Subtotal14
Pathways to General Education
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse
ENGL 1105First-Year Writing (1F)3
ENGL 1106First-Year Writing (1F)3
Select three credits in Pathway 1a3
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Select six credits in Pathway 26
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
Select six credits in Pathway 36
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
BIOL 1105Principles of Biology 1,23
BIOL 1106Principles of Biology 1,23
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking
MATH 1025Elementary Calculus (5F) 23
MATH 1026Elementary Calculus (5F) 23
STAT 3615Biological Statistics (5A) 33
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts 7
Select three credits in Pathway 6d3
Select three credits in Pathway 6a3
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
Select three credits in Pathway 73
Subtotal45
Total Credits120
1

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in BIOL 1105 Principles of Biology, BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology, BIOL 1115 Principles of Biology Laboratory, BIOL 1116 Principles of Biology Laboratory, CHEM 1035 General Chemistry, CHEM 1036 General Chemistry, or the equivalent. Only two attempts, including course withdrawals with grade of "W", are allowed for each course.

2

Courses have acceptable substitutions.

3

Some courses listed on this checksheet may have prerequisites; please consult the University Course Catalog or check with your advisor.

4

BIOL 1004 Biology Orientation Seminar is required but will not be used to calculate in-major GPA. 

5

A combined maximum of 4 credits of BIOL 4974 Independent Study and/or BIOL 4994 Undergraduate Research taken A-F can be used toward Biological Sciences elective credit.

6

Course has major restriction: students may ask FiW to be added if seats are available.

7

3 design + 3 arts, or 6 integrated design/arts

Students must have an in-major and overall GPA of 2.0 to graduate.

All BIOL courses (except BIOL 1004 Biology Orientation Seminar), any course taken to fulfill Biological Sciences elective credit, and all required CHEM, MATH, PHYS and STAT courses will be used to calculate in-major GPA.

BIOL 4964 Field Study may not be used as Biological Sciences elective but will be used to calculate in-major GPA.

BIOL majors who also are enrolled in the Microbiology major (no option) may count a maximum of 9 credits from the following courses toward the 22 required BIOL elective credits (section 2c):

BIOL 3104Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 3774Molecular Biology3
BIOL 3454Introductory Parasitology4
BIOL 3604Food Microbiology4
BIOL 4164Environmental Microbiology3
BIOL 4624Microbial Genetics3
BIOL 4634Microbial Physiology3
BIOL 4644Microbial Molecular Genetics and Physiology Laboratory3
BIOL 4664Virology3
BIOL 4674Pathogenic Bacteriology3
BIOL 4704Immunology3
BIOL 4714Immunology Laboratory1
BIOL 4734Inflammation Biology3
BIOL 4994Undergraduate Research1-19
BCHM 3114Biochemistry for Biotechnology and the Life Sciences3
PPWS 4114Microbial Forensics and Biosecurity3
FST 4634Epidemiology Foodborne Disease3

BIOL majors who also are enrolled in the Microbiology Biomedical option may count a maximum of 9 credits from the following courses toward the 22 required BIOL elective credits (section 2c):

BIOL 3104Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 3774Molecular Biology3
BIOL 3454Introductory Parasitology4
BIOL 3604Food Microbiology4
BIOL 4624Microbial Genetics3
BIOL 4634Microbial Physiology3
BIOL 4644Microbial Molecular Genetics and Physiology Laboratory3
BIOL 4664Virology3
BIOL 4674Pathogenic Bacteriology3
BIOL 4704Immunology3
BIOL 4714Immunology Laboratory1
BIOL 4734Inflammation Biology3
BIOL 4994Undergraduate Research1-19
BCHM 3114Biochemistry for Biotechnology and the Life Sciences3

Acceptable Substitutions

Required Course: Acceptable Substitution(s)

Cross Listed Courses on this Checksheet

Satisfactory Progress Toward Degree

  1. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in BIOL 1105 Principles of Biology, BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology, BIOL 1115 Principles of Biology Laboratory, BIOL 1116 Principles of Biology Laboratory, CHEM 1035 General Chemistry, CHEM 1036 General Chemistry or equivalent upon attempting 45 credit hours (including transfer credit, advance placement or IB credit, advance standing credit, credit by examination, courses taken P/F, and courses completed with a grade of "W"). Only two attempts are allowed for each course.
  2. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 and in-major GPA of 2.2 upon attempting 45 credit hours (including transfer credit, advanced placement or IB credit, advance standing credit, credit by examination, courses taken P/F, and courses completed with a grade of "W").
  3. All BIOL courses (except BIOL 1004 Biology Orientation Seminar), any course taken to fulfill Biological Sciences elective credit, and all required CHEM, MATH, PHYS, and STAT courses will be used to calculate in-major GPA.
  4. The following courses must be completed by the time the student has attempted 72 hours.

College of Science Foreign Language Requirement

Students who did not successfully complete at least two years of a single foreign, classical, or sign language during high school must successfully complete six semester hours of a single foreign, classical, or sign language at the college level. Courses taken to meet this requirement do not count toward the hours required for graduation. Please consult the Undergraduate Catalog for details.