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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
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 2XX Complete 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-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-124 Forensic Science 2 credits
HHP-106 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 3 credits
HHP-317 Drug Use and Abuse 3 credits
HHP-318 Applied Nutrition 3 credits
HHP-319 Mechanical Analysis of Sport 3 credits
PSY-202 Introduction to Biological Psychology 3 credits
PSY-330 Introduction to 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.