Biology, BS

Students with a variety of science related interests and goals may choose the Biology major. The degree forms a solid background for biology related fields such as laboratory technician, agriculture/park services, food safety inspector, science writing, environmental science/remediation, water treatment, and for science related graduate work to prepare for professions in medical, research, veterinary medicine or specific environmental fields. The major contains a 31 credit hour core and two tracks; a 18 to 19 hour Cellular/Molecular Biology Track and a 12 hour Environmental Biology Track. Only one track need be selected. This major is often paired with a Chemistry Minor.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are linked to assignments and activities throughout this program. After completing program requirements,

  1. Graduates will possess a comprehensive knowledge base of the biology and chemistry of organisms.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking processes and the ability to analyze scientific literature.
  3. Graduates will apply proper safety and ethical practices in laboratory, clinical, and work environments.
  4. Graduates will be able to communicate effectively in written, oral, and visual forms.
  5. Graduates will employ appropriate experimental design and methodology to answer scientific questions with attention to validity of information.
  6. Graduates have considered their vocational goals and are reflective of how these may be embodied in their professional and/or personal lives.

Requirements for the BS in Biology

General Education Core 37 hours

Biological Science Core 31 hours

IDS 2103Introduction to the Arts & Sciences

3

BIO 1011Biological Science I Lab

1

BIO 1013Biological Science I

3

BIO 1024Biological Science II with Lab

4

BIO 3214General Ecology

4

BIO 3321Microbiology Lab

1

BIO 3323Microbiology

3

CHE 3514Biochemistry I

4

MAT 2413Elementary Statistics

3

NSC 4513Natural Science Internship

3

NSC 4612Senior Seminar in Science

2

CHE 3514: may be included in the Chemistry Minor

Cellular/Molecular Biology Track 18/19 hours

BIO 2111Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

BIO 2113Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIO 2121Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

BIO 2123Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

 

BIO 2224Introductory Botany and Zoology

4

OR

BIO 2313Nutrition

3

OR

BIO 3334Exercise Physiology

4

 

BIO 3414Genetics

4

BIO 3513Cell Biology

3

Environmental Biology Track 12 hours

NSC 1014Environmental Science with Lab

4

OR

NSC 2204Natural Science Field Study

4

 

PHS 2014General Physics I

4

NSC 3114Earth's Waters

4

Minor (Chemistry Minor Recommended) 18-20 hours

Additional Required Support Courses 0-16 hours

(0 IF CHEM MINOR ELECTED)

MAT 1334 Pre-Calculus (included in gen ed), CHE 1514 and CHE 1524 College Chemistry I and II, CHE 2514 Organic Chemistry I, and PHS 2024 General Physics II are required support courses for the Biology major. Some support courses satisfy general education requirements. 

Electives (Depending on Track and Minor Chosen) 6-24 hours

Total Credit Hours: 120