2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
    May 09, 2021  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biology, B.S.


The Biology program prepares majors to begin a professional career in the life sciences. Agriculture, wildlife management, forestry, the food industry, the drug and pharmacy industries, public health and environmental protection all provide career opportunities for biologists. In addition, the program offers excellent preparation for professional studies in biotechnology, medicine, pharmacy, as well as for pre-law programs in environmental and health regulatory law.  Participation in undergraduate research is strongly encouraged.  Because upper-level biology courses may be offered only every other year, students are urged to consult their advisers in planning their curriculum.

Optional minors include Chemistry or Education, though no minor is required. In addition, an Emphasis or Concentration can be earned. See “Required courses” section below for details.

 

General Education Requirements (36 Credit Hours)


Humanities


  • Fine Arts from the following subject areas: ADAH, ADGD, ADID, ADIN, ADSA, ART, ARTH, FPAR or MUS
  • Literature or Foreign Language
  • Philosophy (PHIL 305 , PHIL 306 , PHIL 307  or PHIL 308  are recommended)
  • Humanities Elective from the following subject areas: ENGL, HUM, PHIL, REL, Foreign Language, Fine Arts & Aesthetics
  • HUM 101  or HUM 301  

Social Science


  • History or Government
  • Social Science, two courses taken from the following subject areas: ECON, HIST, PSCI, PSYC, SOC, & WGS

Upper Level Baskets (18-24 Credit Hours)


In addition to the core, students must take six courses from at least three of the four ‘baskets’. At least three of these courses must be 300 level or higher. If four of these courses come from the same ‘basket’, the student has an EMPHASIS in that basket.

General Electives (10-22 Credit Hours)


Graduation Requirements


  • 128 credit hours minimum (last 30 hours in residency)
  • A minimum half the major credit hours in residency
  • A minimum half the minor credit hours in residency
  • ​60 credit hours must be completed at a 4-year institution