Biology Department Majors

Biology Health Sciences

Biology Major

PEAKS | Natural Sciences & Mathematics |

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

Health Sciences Major

PEAKS | Social Science & History | Natural Sciences & Mathematics |

The Health Sciences Major is a broad-based program of study that prepares students for careers or graduate study in the health care industry and related areas. This major provides excellent preparation for students entering health professions such as physical therapy, physician's assistant (PA), and pharmacy. Requirements for each professional program vary, thus early consultation with an advisor is encouraged. At the center of the major is the Health Sciences Core, a group of courses that provides a foundation in the natural and social sciences in a manner consistent with the liberal arts tradition. In addition to completing the Health Sciences Core, each student majoring in Health Sciences must also take additional upper division coursework in both the natural and social sciences. The additional courses may be chosen by students to enhance the depth of their major in their particular area of interest. The multi-disciplinary Health Sciences major has been designed to fulfill both the Natural Science and Social Science PEAK requirements. The Health Professions Studies minor in the Professional Enhancement PEAK is a good complement to this major since it includes any additional coursework needed for individual health professions graduate programs.

Health Sciences Major

58-60 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-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360 or
BIO-361

Microbiology and Laboratory or
Pathobiology

4
3

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212 or
MAT-151

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods or
Calculus I

3
3
4

PSY-100

General Psychology

3

SOC-100 or
ATH-101

Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Anthropology

3

PHI-202

Bioethics

3

POE-241

Public Policy

3

HSC-499

Health Sciences Seminar

3

 

 

Complete 7 credits from the following:

BIO-316

Genetics

3

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-354

Human Anatomy Selected Topics

2

BIO-360

Microbiology (if not taken previously)

4

BIO-361

Pathobiology (if not taken previously)

3

BIO-365

Immunology

3-4

BIO-371

Endocrinology

3

BIO-372

Developmental Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-376

Neurophysiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

 

 

Complete 6 credits (including at least one upper-division course) from the following:

ATH-302A

Cultural Diversity

3

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

ATH-308

Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective

3

PSY-201

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

PSY-202

Introduction to Biological Psychology

3

PSY-203

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY-206

Social Psychology

3

PSY-330

Introduction to Neuropsychology

3

PSY-331

Introduction to Psychopharmacology

3

PSY-340

Psychology of Child Development

3

PSY-341

Psychology of Adolescent Development

3

PSY-404

Abnormal Psychology

3

SOC-110

Social Psychology

3

SOC-302

General and Society

3

SOC-320

Family Sociology

3

SOC-325

Social Interaction and Microsociology

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-360

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Grounding in the foundational natural sciences on which the understanding of health and disease is based.
  • Foundational knowledge in the social sciences.
  • Completion of at least one course that highlights human illness.
  • Formation of a framework for considering biomedical issues.
  • Integration of natural and social sciences.
  • Application of the natural and social sciences to real-world problems.