The B.S. degree program in the biological sciences supplements a full curriculum in biology with significant ancillary science and mathematics courses. In addition to preparing students for careers at the bachelor's degree level, this degree program helps prepare students for graduate education in the fields of biology, health, and medicine.
A departmental honors program is also available. Students should contact the department for additional information.
BIO 111 is the required initial biology course in the program. Students must earn a C or better in BIO 111 to take more advanced biology courses.
Academic Performance Policy
Students who have a GPA of less than 2.0 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.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-34 cr hrs
Required Courses (33-34 cr hrs)
BIO 111 FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGY 3
BIO 211 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS 4
BIO 213 INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND BEHAVIOR 4
BIO 300 BIOSTATISTICS 4
or MAT 311 INTRODUCTORY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
BIO 303 GENETICS 4
BIO 314 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY 4
BIO 316 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 4
BIO 333 BIOLOGICAL FORM, FUNCTION AND DIVERSITY 4
BIO 440 APPLICATIONS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY 3
Electives (7-8 cr hrs)
BIO 301 CELL PHYSIOLOGY (4)
BIO 305 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (4)
BIO 350 GENES IN POPULATIONS (4)
BIO 402 COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY (4)
BIO 408 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (4)
BIO 450 RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY (4)
CHE 470 BIOCHEMISTRY I
Select four credits of biology electives at the 300 level or above.
Excludes BIO 308, BIO 309, BIO 311, BIO 312, BIO 322, BIO 324, and BIO 355.
Required Credit Hours Outside the Major (24 cr hrs)
CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I
& CHE 113 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I (4)
CHE 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II
& CHE 114 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II (4)
CHE 201 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
& CHE 203 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (4)
CHE 202 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
& CHE 204 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II (4)
PHY 107 GENERAL PHYSICS I (4)
PHY 108 GENERAL PHYSICS II (4)
All College Electives 13-27 credit hours
Total Credit Hours 120
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