Biology, B.A.

About the Program: 

The B.A. degree program in the biological sciences prepares students for several options, including various employment opportunities at the bachelor’s degree level, and entrance to graduate or professional schools.

A departmental honors program is also available. Students should contact the department for additional information.

Academic Performance Policy: Students who have a GPA of 2.0 or less in BIO-prefixed courses required for the major at the end of a semester will be placed on departmental probation. Students will then have two semesters to raise their GPA to a 2.0 or greater in BIO-prefixed required courses or they will be dismissed from the department.

Program Requirements: 

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Biology 35–36 cr

A. Required Courses (12 cr)
BIO 111 Introduction to Biology (4)
BIO 212 Introduction to Organismal Biology and Diversity (4)
BIO 213 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (4)
BIO 214 Introduction to Cell Biology (4)

B. Concentration Courses
Students are required to complete one of the following concentrations:

Integrative Biology Concentration (24 cr)
BIO 303 Genetics (4)
BIO 405 Organic Evolution
Elective biology courses (300-400 level, except BIO 308-BIO 309, BIO 322 or BIO 324) selected by advisement (16 cr)

Aquatic Biology Concentration (23 cr)
BIO 300 Biostatistics (4)
BIO 325 Ichthyology (4)
BIO 418 Limnology (4)
BIO 429 Fisheries Biology (4)
BIO 430 Stream Ecology (4)
BIO 488 Internship in Aquatic Biology

Biotechnology Concentration (23–24 cr)
BIO 303 Genetics (4)
BIO 314 Advanced Cell Biology (4)
BIO 316 General Microbiology (4)
BIO 450 Recombinant DNA Technology (4)

Select one course from the following (3–4 cr):
BIO 305 Molecular Biology (4)
BIO 350 Genes in Populations (4)
BIO 402 Comparative Animal Physiology (4)
BIO 408 Plant Physiology (4)
CHE 470 Biochemistry

Elective biology course (300-400 level, except BIO 308-BIO 309, BIO 322, or BIO 324) selected by advisement (4 cr)

Total Required Credit Hours in Other Fields 8–18 cr
CHE 111, CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry I, II (4, 4)
CHE 201, CHE 203 Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory (3,1)
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II

Note: CHE 111 and CHE 112 are required of all Biology B.A. students. CHE 201 and CHE 203 are required of students completing the biotechnology concentration; CHE 202 is required of biotechnology students who choose to take CHE 470.

Recommended Courses in Related Fields
CHE 202, CHE 203, CHE 204, PHY 107/PHY 108 or PHY 111/PHY 112, MAT 126

All College Electives 0–38 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

Biology

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