PEAK Majors

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Biology Major

34 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-203

Ecology, Evolution and Diversity

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-316 or
BIO-357

Genetics or
Molecular Biology

3

 

 

 

Physiology Courses

 

Complete 4 credits from the following:

BIO-374

Animal Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-375

Plant Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-376

Neurophysiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-377

Physiology of Extremes and Laboratory

4

 

Ecology, Evolution, or Systematics

 

Complete 4 credits from one of the following areas:

 

Ecology

 

BIO-317

Stream Ecology and Laboratory

4

BIO-326

Coastal Marine Ecology and Laboratory

4

BIO-345

Ecology and Laboratory

4

BIO-346.1 and
BIO-346

Field Biology Preparation and
Field Biology

2

4

 

Evolution

BIO-331

Evolution and Laboratory

4

 

Systematics

 

BIO-319

Ichthyology and Laboratory

4

BIO-322

Field Botany and Laboratory

4

BIO-339

Mammalogy and Laboratory

4

BIO-349

Vertebrate Natural History and Laboratory

4

 

Senior Capstone

 

BIO-450

Biology Capstone Seminar

3

BIO-499

Senior Comprehensive Exam

0

 

Upper-Division Biology Electives

 

BIO

Complete additional 300 or 400 Level Courses to total at least 34 credits of Biology coursework

4 or more

 

Recommended Electives

 

For a career in biology, the following electives are recommended:

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

PHY-232 or
PHY-272

General Physics and Laboratory
Analytical Physics and Laboratory

4

MAT-151

Calculus I

4

MAT-152

Calculus II

4

BIO-396/496

Independent research in Biology

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate a broad-based understanding of biological principles grounded in theoretical structure, mathematics, and the physical sciences
  • Skills and Applications:
  • Complete a research project to learn the nature and methodologies of biology that includes the following components:
  • Hypotheses formulation and logical reasoning
  • Engage in experimental design
  • Locate and critically review biological literature
  • Analyze and interpret biological data
  • Draw logical conclusions
  • Present results of a research project both in oral and written form
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and use of quantitative skills, analytic methods and sciences techniques used in the field and laboratory applicable to biological
  • Apply biological knowledge and skills outside of the classroom by participating in independent research, off-campus study in biology, an internship, or teaching.

Integration:

  • Demonstrate ability to integrate scientific knowledge among the biological sub disciplines
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate biological knowledge with other disciplines
  • Contribute meaningfully to seminar-type critical discussions of scientific literature