2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 03, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, B.S.


The mission of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Biology is to produce students with sound and rigorous training in the biological sciences so that they will be successful graduates in professional/ graduate school or the workforce. The program emphasizes hands on learning for students and active research with opportunities for students to work under the expert guidance of its faculty.

Program Goals

Graduates of the BS Program in Biology will

  1. be knowledgeable enough in their field to seek employment or admission to graduate/professional school
  2. have research and communications skills to function in a professional setting.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA program in Biology should be able to

  1. Apply basic biological processes and principles, and integrate different areas of biology;
  2. Develop an emphasis in one or more areas;
  3. Apply qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate and interpret evidence; and
  4. Communicate biological concepts effectively in oral, visual, and written presentations.

Graduation Requirements

This degree program requires a minimum of 120 semester hours for completion.

General Education Core Requirements


Total Credits: 40


Major Courses


Total Credits: 32


Other Required Courses


Total Credits: 38


Electives


Total Credits: 12


Total Credit Hours: 122


Approved Science Electives


*Students must take two of the approved 200-level electives in Biology.

**CHE 430 /CHE 431  can be taken as a substitute for 1 of the BIO4-level class requirements for Biology and Biology with a concentration in Radiobiology majors.

Recommended Course Sequence:


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total Credits: 15

Second Semester


Total Credits: 15

Junior Year


First Semester


Total Credits: 17

Second Semester


Total Credits: 14

Senior Year


First Semester


Total Credits: 16

Second Semester


Total Credits: 15

Total Credit Hours Required: 122


*If students are placed at the second level, the first level may be substituted with an elective.

**Prerequisites and/or placement may be required

Students must complete all of the general education requirements and the required credits in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Students intending to go to graduate or medical school should consult with their advisors for further information about necessary courses. Students intending to teach biology in the secondary schools must also meet certification requirements and must consult with the School of Education.