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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-201 Biology I: Molecules to Cells 3 credits
BIO-201L Molecules to Cells Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-210L Molecules to Cells Research-Based Lab 1 credits
BIO-202 Organismal Biology 3 credits
BIO-202L Organismal Biology 1 credits
BIO-203 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity 3 credits
BIO-203L Ecology Evolution and Diversity Lab 1 credits
BIO-316 Genetics 3 credits
BIO-330 Cell Biology 3 credits
BIO-330L Cell Biology Lab 1 credits

 

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
CHE-141 General Chemistry I 4 credits
MAT-125 Data Analysis and Statistics 3 credits
  or  
MAT-212 Multiple Regression Analysis 3 credits
PHY-231 General Physics I 3 credits
PHY-231L General Physics I Lab 1 credits
  or  
PHY-271 Analytical Physics I 4 credits
PHY-271L Analytical Physics I Lab 1 credits

 

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-374 Animal Physiology 3 credits
BIO-374L Animal Physiology Lab 1 credits
BIO-375 Plant Physiology 3 credits
BIO-375L Plant Physiology Lab 1 credits
BIO-376 Neurophysiology 3 credits
BIO-376L Neurophysiology Lab 1 credits
BIO-377 Physiology of Extremes 3 credits
BIO-377L Physiology Extremes Lab 1 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-317 Stream Ecology 3 credits
BIO-317L Stream Ecology Lab 1 credits
BIO-319 Ichthyology 3 credits
BIO-319L Ichthyology Lab 1 credits
BIO-322.1 Field Botany 3 credits
BIO-322L Field Botany Lab 1 credits
BIO-326 Coastal Marine Ecology 4 credits
BIO-326L Coastal Marine Ecology Lab 1 credits
BIO-331 Evolution 3 credits
BIO-331L Evolution Lab 1 credits
BIO-339 Mammalogy 3 credits
BIO-339L Mammalogy Lab 1 credits
BIO-345 Ecology 3 credits
BIO-345L Ecology Lab 1 credits
BIO-346 Field Biology 4 credits
  and  
BIO-346.1 Field Biology Preparation 2 credits
BIO-349 Vertebrate Natural History 3 credits
BIO-349L Vertebrate Natural History Lab 1 credits

 

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-450 Biology Capstone Seminar 3 credits
BIO-499 Senior 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-142 General Chemistry II 4 credits
CHE-301 Organic Chemistry I 3 credits
CHE-301L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 credits
CHE-302 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHE-302L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 credits
     
PHY-232 General Physics II 3 credits
PHY-232L General Physics II Lab 1 credits
  or  
PHY-272 Analytical Physics II 4 credits
PHY-272L Analytical Physics II Lab 1 credits
     
MAT-150 Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach 4 credits
MAT-175 Single Variable Calculus 4 credits
MAT-212 Multiple Regression Analysis 3 credits
     
BIO-396 Biology Research 1-3 credits
  and  
BIO-496 Biology Research 1-3 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-125 Data Analysis and Statistics 3 credits
MAT-212 Multiple Regression Analysis 3 credits
MAT-150 Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach 4 credits

 

Biology Required Courses

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-201 Biology I: Molecules to Cells 3 credits
BIO-201L Molecules to Cells Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-210L Molecules to Cells Research-Based Lab 1 credits
     
BIO-202 Organismal Biology 3 credits
BIO-202L Organismal Biology 1 credits
     
BIO-203 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity 3 credits
BIO-203L Ecology Evolution and Diversity Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-330 Cell Biology 3 credits
BIO-330L Cell Biology Lab 1 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-203 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity 3 credits
BIO-300-level Any Systematics course  

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Biochemistry Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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Biochemistry major coursework and laboratories

Chemistry Department required courses and laboratories

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
CHE-141 General Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE-142 General Chemistry II 4 credits
CHE-301 Organic Chemistry I 3 credits
CHE-301L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 credits
CHE-302 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHE-302L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 credits
CHE-412 Biochemistry 3 credits
CHE-412L Biochemistry Laboratory 1 credits
CHE-465 Physical Chemistry II 3 credits
CHE-465L Physical Chemistry II Lab & Recitation 1 credits
CHE-471 Biochemistry Capstone 2 credits

 

internship/research

Biochemistry Majors are required to complete one of the following for a minimum of 1 credit:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
CHE-395 Chemistry Research 1-3 credits
  or  
CHE-397 Internship 1-3 credits
  or  
CHE-495 Chemistry Research 1-3 credits
  or  
CHE-497 Internship 1-6 credits

 

Biology Department required courses and laboratories

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-201 Biology I: Molecules to Cells 3 credits
BIO-201L Molecules to Cells Lab 1 credits
BIO-316 Genetics 3 credits
BIO-330 Cell Biology 3 credits
BIO-330L Cell Biology Lab 1 credits

 

Biochemistry majors will not be required to take BIO 202 Organismal Biology.  Because this course is normally a prerequisite for BIO 330 Cell Biology and other upper division Biology courses, Biochemistry majors must have  junior standing and receive permission from the Biochemistry Major Supervisor or Biology Department Chair to register for BIO 330 without this prerequisite. 

 

Biology Department course options for molecular biology

Biochemistry majors must take one of the following courses (with associated lab)  which address current techniques and theory in the area of molecular biology 

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BIO-331 Evolution 3 credits
BIO-331L Evolution Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-357 Molecular Biology 3 credits
  or  
BIO-372 Developmental Biology 3 credits
BIO-372L Developmental Biology Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-376 Neurophysiology 3 credits
BIO-376L Neurophysiology Lab 1 credits

 

Mathematics and Physical Science Department required courses and laboratories

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-175 Single Variable Calculus 4 credits
PHY-271 Analytical Physics I 4 credits
PHY-271L Analytical Physics I Lab 1 credits
PHY-272 Analytical Physics II 4 credits
PHY-272L Analytical Physics II Lab 1 credits

 

Mat 175 requires prerequisite of MAT 150 or placement by Mathematics and Physical Sciences Department 

 

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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Minor Requirements

15-16 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Math Requirement (3-4 credits)

Complete one Math course numbered 111 or above (3-4 credits). May not  include MAT-221 or MAT-222. 

 

Science Requirement (12 credits):

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-102 Biology of Human Disease 3 credits
BIO-102L Biology of Human Disease Lab 1 credits
BIO-108 Human Genetics 3 credits
BIO-109 Biology of Reproduction 3 credits
BIO-129 Murder, Medicine and Magic 3 credits
BIO-145 Drugs, Brains and Behavior 3 credits
BIO-145L Drugs, Brain and Behavior Lab 1 credits
BIO-159 Cellular Basis of Human Physiology 3 credits
BIO-159L Cellular Basis of Human Physiology Lab 1 credits
     
BIO-201 Biology I: Molecules to Cells 3 credits
BIO-201L Molecules to Cells Lab 1 credits
  or  
BIO-210L Molecules to Cells Research-Based Lab 1 credits
     
CHE-125 Elementary Chemistry 3 credits
HHP-106 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 3 credits
HHP-318 Applied Nutrition 3 credits
HHP-319 Mechanical Analysis of Sport 3 credits
PSY-202 Biological Psychology 3 credits
PSY-330 Neuropsychology 3 credits

 

Ready for Med SchoolDiscovering a love for learning

Daisy Ambriz describes her first-class educational experience in the C of I Biology Department.