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Biology Major
Bachelor of Science

The biology major is designed to give students excellent preparation for graduate study
or professional careers in the life sciences. Within the major, students select one of several
emphases (e.g., pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy, secondary education, animal
behavior) that best matches their particular interests and career goals. All students
have opportunities to develop excellent research skills beginning in the core courses
and culminating in the capstone research project.

Core Courses:
Biology 120, General Biology I
Biology 125, General Biology II
Biology 220, Genetics
Biology 225, Organismal Physiology
Biology 399, Capstone in Biological Science

Four Elective Courses
Including at least one course from each area listed below: Ecological, Organismal, and
Cellular/Molecular. Biology 324, Bioethics, may be counted as a fourth elective course.

Ecological
Biology 319, Field Botany
Biology 333, Experimental Methods in Field Biology
Biology 360, Aquatic Ecology
Biology 417, Behavioral Ecology
Biology 460, Restoration Ecology

Organismal
Biology 322, Comparative Vertebrate Zoology
Biology 350, Endocrinology
Biology 402, Human Anatomy
Biology 403, Human Physiology

Cellular/Molecular
Biology 312, Microbiology
Biology 332, Gene Manipulation and Genomics
Biology 452, Advanced Cell Biology

Required Support Courses (*Required for primary majors only)
Chemistry 109, 110, and 203
Computer Science 107 or higher*
Mathematics 112, or Mathematics 140 or higher*
One of the following: Chemistry 204, Chemistry 308, or Physics 101


Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Veterinary

Core courses, plus

Five elective courses in Biology (minimum 18 credits above the 100-level; at least
     2 electives must be 300 level or higher, excluding Biology 380 - Internship)
Biology 496, Biological Problem Solving I
Biology 497, Biological Problem Solving II
Chemistry 203, 204, Organic Chemistry (Pre-Med, Pre-Dent) or
     Chemistry 203, Organic Chemistry and Chemistry 308, Biochemistry (Pre-Vet)
Physics 101, 102, Introductory Physics

Students may need additional courses as required by the specific professional school.
Pre-professional students should consult with the appropriate pre-professional adviser
regarding requirements.

 

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis
Students preparing for pre-professional programs must complete the requirements in the Biology major as well as some of the following courses:
Chemistry 204, Organic Chemistry II
Chemistry 308, Biochemistry
Mathematics 112, Introduction to Statistics
Mathematics 160, 161, Calculus I, II
Physics 101, 102, Introductory Physics
Psychology 101, Introductory Psychology
One English writing course beyond English 170, Writing Seminar

It is the responsibility of each pre-professional student to compile a list of schools and their admittance requirements related to the courses listed above. Pre-professional students should then consult with the appropriate pre-professional advisor to ensure that the requirements will be met prior to graduation.

 

Secondary Education Emphasis
Core courses, plus
To meet DPI requirements, Biology majors with a secondary education minor must complete the following courses:
Core Courses, plus
Biology 312, Microbiology
Biology 322, Comparative Vertebrate Zoology
Biology 333, Experimental Methods in Field Biology
One elective course in Biology (see Electives under Biology Major)

Students should be prepared to demonstrate mastery of biological concepts on the ETS Praxis II exam, which is required for licensure.

 

Biology Minor
Biology 120, General Biology I
Biology 125, General Biology II
Biology 220, Genetics
Biology 225, Organismal Physiology

Two elective courses in Biology (see Electives under Biology Major above)

 
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