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Overview

Our faculty are committed to mentoring and engaging students in the scientific process and the study of life on Earth.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Study in a research-based curriculum.
  • Build a solid foundation for understanding life on earth.
  • Pursue your own areas of interest within the field of biology.
  • Complete fieldwork and laboratory research for hands-on, in-depth learning.
  • Prepare for medical, dental, veterinary and other graduate schools.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Biology Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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45-48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Major Requirements

Complete the following (19 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-201Biology I: Molecules to Cells3 credits
BIO-201LMolecules to Cells Lab1 credits
or
BIO-210LMolecules to Cells Research-Based Lab1 credits
BIO-202Organismal Biology3 credits
BIO-202LOrganismal Biology1 credits
BIO-203Ecology, Evolution and Diversity3 credits
BIO-203LEcology Evolution and Diversity Lab1 credits
BIO-316Genetics3 credits
BIO-330Cell Biology3 credits
BIO-330LCell Biology Lab1 credits

Complete courses in Chemistry, Math and Physics (11-12 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
CHE-141General Chemistry I4 credits
MAT-125Data Analysis and Statistics3 credits
or
MAT-212Multiple Regression Analysis3 credits
PHY-231General Physics I3 credits
PHY-231LGeneral Physics I Lab1 credits
or
PHY-271Analytical Physics I4 credits
PHY-271LAnalytical Physics I Lab1 credits

Complete one Physiology course (4 credits) from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-374Animal Physiology3 credits
BIO-374LAnimal Physiology Lab1 credits
BIO-375Plant Physiology3 credits
BIO-375LPlant Physiology Lab1 credits
BIO-376Neurophysiology3 credits
BIO-376LNeurophysiology Lab1 credits
BIO-377Physiology of Extremes3 credits
BIO-377LPhysiology Extremes Lab1 credits

Complete 4-6 credits (to include lab or prep) in Ecology, Evolution, or Systematics from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-317Stream Ecology3 credits
BIO-317LStream Ecology Lab1 credits
BIO-319Ichthyology3 credits
BIO-319LIchthyology Lab1 credits
BIO-322.1Field Botany3 credits
BIO-322LField Botany Lab1 credits
BIO-326Coastal Marine Ecology4 credits
BIO-326LCoastal Marine Ecology Lab1 credits
BIO-331Evolution3 credits
BIO-331LEvolution Lab1 credits
BIO-339Mammalogy3 credits
BIO-339LMammalogy Lab1 credits
BIO-345Ecology3 credits
BIO-345LEcology Lab1 credits
BIO-346Field Biology4 credits
and
BIO-346.1Field Biology Preparation2 credits
BIO-349Vertebrate Natural History3 credits
BIO-349LVertebrate Natural History Lab1 credits

Complete the Biology Capstone Seminar and Senior Comprehensive Exam (3 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-450Biology Capstone Seminar3 credits
BIO-499Senior Comprehensive Examination

Complete Upper Division Biology Electives (4 or more credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-Complete additional 300- or 400-level courses to total at least 34 credits of Biology coursework, including CHE-412/CHE-412L

Recommended Electives

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
CHE-142General Chemistry II4 credits
CHE-301Organic Chemistry I3 credits
CHE-301LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1 credits
CHE-302Organic Chemistry II3 credits
CHE-302LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1 credits
 
PHY-232General Physics II3 credits
PHY-232LGeneral Physics II Lab1 credits
or
PHY-272Analytical Physics II4 credits
PHY-272LAnalytical Physics II Lab1 credits
 
MAT-150Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach4 credits
MAT-175Single Variable Calculus4 credits
MAT-212Multiple Regression Analysis3 credits
 
BIO-396Biology Research1-3 credits
and
BIO-496Biology Research1-3 credits

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Biology Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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21-24 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

Math Courses

Complete 3-4 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-125Data Analysis and Statistics3 credits
MAT-212Multiple Regression Analysis3 credits
MAT-150Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach4 credits

Biology Required Courses

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-201Biology I: Molecules to Cells3 credits
BIO-201LMolecules to Cells Lab1 credits
or
BIO-210LMolecules to Cells Research-Based Lab1 credits
 
BIO-202Organismal Biology3 credits
BIO-202LOrganismal Biology1 credits
 
BIO-203Ecology, Evolution and Diversity3 credits
BIO-203LEcology Evolution and Diversity Lab1 credits
or
BIO-330Cell Biology3 credits
BIO-330LCell Biology Lab1 credits

Additional Biology Courses

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-BIO Complete 2 additional Biology Courses, 1 course must be 300-level or above

Students who wish to receive certification in biology as a second teaching field must complete 20 credits of biology including this minor. In such a case, this minor should include the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-203Ecology, Evolution and Diversity3 credits
BIO-300-levelAny Systematics course

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Human Biology Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-1XX or 2XXComplete one Math course numbered 111 or above (excluding MAT-221 or MAT-222)

excluding MAT-221 and MAT-222

Complete 12 credits (including at least two BIO courses, with at least one laboratory course) from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-102Biology of Human Disease3 credits
BIO-102LBiology of Human Disease Lab1 credits
BIO-108Human Genetics3 credits
BIO-109Biology of Reproduction3 credits
BIO-129Murder, Medicine and Magic3 credits
BIO-145Drugs, Brains and Behavior3 credits
BIO-145LDrugs, Brain and Behavior Lab1 credits
BIO-159Cellular Basis of Human Physiology3 credits
BIO-159LCellular Basis of Human Physiology Lab1 credits
 
BIO-201Biology I: Molecules to Cells3 credits
BIO-201LMolecules to Cells Lab1 credits
or
BIO-210LMolecules to Cells Research-Based Lab1 credits
 
CHE-124Forensic Science2 credits
HHP-106Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology3 credits
HHP-317Drug Use and Abuse3 credits
HHP-318Applied Nutrition3 credits
HHP-319Mechanical Analysis of Sport3 credits
PSY-202Introduction to Biological Psychology3 credits
PSY-330Introduction to Neuropsychology3 credits

Ready for Med SchoolDiscovering a love for learning

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Why C of I: Sarah WalshAn atmosphere of empowerment

Sarah Walsh enjoys small class sizes, hands-on research and personal friendships with her professors.