The curriculum in biology includes courses for students planning a major in the field as well as for those who pursue other majors. The General Biology I & II courses are for any student, major or non-major.
Advanced courses are designed to meet requirements of the major. However, any student with the proper background and prerequisites may choose to enroll in any of them. Students study and work in well-equipped undergraduate laboratories.
The major in biology prepares a student for graduate school or for employment as a technician or salesperson with a corporation in a biologically related field.
The biology major (like chemistry) is one that may be pursued by pre-professional students who are interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry or the various technologies related to the delivery of health care (medical technology, cytotechnology, physician’s assistant, etc.). In all of these areas, the completion of the bachelor’s degree in biology must be followed by admission to, and successful completion of, appropriate professional studies and training.
The forensic science concentration prepares students for graduate studies in forensic science or a position in a forensic science laboratory. The curriculum is designed to give students a background in molecular biology, analytical chemistry and statistical analysis.
The Environmental Science degree program provides an interdisciplinary curriculum centered in biology and chemistry and complemented by the study of other academic areas including public policy, ethics, law and business. Many of the major environmental issues which face our planet will be examined from a scientific viewpoint. Understanding the physical, chemical and biological controls on the environment will allow a more informed social/political discussion of environmental issues and prepare students to become professionals in the rapidly growing area of environmental science.
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The pre-medical studies curriculum is specifically designed for those students who plan to attend medical school, veterinary school, dental school, optometry school, or pharmacy school. Completion of the bachelor's degree in pre-medical studies must be followed by competitive admission to and successful completion of professional studies and training.
|BIOL 212||General Biology II||MATH 303||Calculus II OR|
|BIOL 411||Genetics||MATH 220||College Algebra and|
|BIOL 510||Seminar in Biology||MATH 235||College Trigonometry|
|CHEM 301||General Chemistry I||PHYS 301||General Physics I OR PHYS 303|
|Calculus-based General Physics I|
|CHEM 302||General Chemistry II||PHYS 302||General Physics II OR PHYS 304|
|CHEM 403||Organic Chemistry I||Calculus-based General Physics II|
|CHEM 404||Organic Chemistry II||AND||24 SH from electives in Biology|
|COMP||An approved course
in computer programming
|(CHEM 503 Biochemistry may count
as an elective in Biology).
Plus Completion of CONCENTRATION:
General Biology Concentration
|BIOL 403||Microbiology OR||MATH 202||College Algebra AND|
|BIOL 414||Cell and Molecular Biology||MATH 235||College Trigonometry OR|
|BIOL 502||Ecology OR||MATH 301||Calculus I AND|
|BIOL 328||Conservation Biology||MATH 302||Calculus II|
|16 SH of BIOL electives|
|Forensic Science Concentration
74 Semester Hours Minimum
|BIOL 414||Cell and Molecular Biology||CRIM 440||Criminalistics|
|BIOL 421||Forensic Science||MATH 220||College Algebra|
|CHEM 405||Quantitative Analysis||An approved statistics course|
|Electives (8 SH): 2 courses from the following:|
|BIOL 320||Biological Anthropology||BIOL 420||Microbial Genetics|
|BIOL 403||Microbiology||BIOL 550||Internship in the Biological
Sciences (4 SH)
|BIOL 415||Vertebrate Morphology
|CHEM 406||Instrumental Analysis|
72 Semester Hours
Required courses (43 SH):
|BIOL 403||Microbiology||BIOL 424||Applied Biotech Research II|
|BIOL 414||Cell and Molecular Biology||BIOL 550||Internship in the Biological Sciences|
|BIOL 422||Molecular Genetics of Development||CHEM 503||Biochemistry|
|BIOL 423||Applied Biotech Research I||MATH 302||Calculus|
|Required for Biotechnology Concentration (25 SH):|
|BIOL 403||Microbiology||BIOL 424||Applied Biotechnology Research II|
|BIOL 414||Cell and Molecular Biology||BIOL 550||Internship in Biological Sciences|
|BIOL 422||Molecular Genetics of
|BIOL 423||Applied Biotechnology Research I|
|Remaining elective course (4 SH):
Choose one from the following
|BIOL 418||Plant Physiology||BIOL 420||Microbial Genetics|
22 Semester Hours Minimum
|BIOL 211||General Biology I||BIOL 411||Genetics|
|BIOL 212||General Biology II||BIOL 502||General Ecology|
|Additional courses in Biology to complete the minimum semester hours required.|