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Biology (BIOL)

two girls bio croppedThe 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.

Environmental Science (ENSC)

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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Pre-Medical Studies (PRMD)

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.


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Biology - Degree Requirements


70-72 Semester Hours Minimum

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

Plus Completion of CONCENTRATION:General Biology Concentration (70-72 SH Minimum)
Forensic Science Concentration (74 SH Minimum)
Biotechnology Concentration (72 SH Minimum)

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 302 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I AND
BIOL 328 Conservation Biology MATH 303 Calculus II Calculus with Analytical Geometry II
16 SH of BIOL electives

Forensic Science Concentration
Semester Hours Minimum
Required Courses:
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
CHEM 503 Biochemistry    

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
and Development
CHEM 406 Instrumental Analysis

Biotechnology Concentration
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
CHEM 503 Biochemistry
BIOL 423 Applied Biotechnology Research I  PLUS Electives: 1 course 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
BIOL 403 Microbiology    
Additional courses in Biology to complete the minimum semester hours required.



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