2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jul 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biology, B.S.


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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


(48 credits)

Humanities


(5 courses)

Social Science


(3 courses)

  • American History or American Political Science elective
  • Two Social Science electives

College of Arts and Sciences Electives


  • Two courses from subjects within the College of Arts & Sciences

Upper Level Baskets


(18-24 credits)

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 credits)

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 

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