School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Biology Major and Minor
Biology majors receive a thorough education in all forms of life, from microbes to plants to animals, and from the level of ecosystems to organisms to cells to molecules. Biological research is essential to solving major world problems involving human health, food production, population control and environmental degradation. Graduates are qualified for graduate study and employment in areas such as public health, medical technology, agriculture, physical therapy, biotechnology and toxicology. More than half of all science majors pursue independent study research projects on an individual basis with faculty members in the department. These students have the opportunity to present their findings at national meetings.
A Bachelor of Science degree in Biology requires minimum of 33 credits hours in biology. The first twelve credit hours will ordinarily include:
Students must select at least one course from each of the following categories:
Ecology and Evolution:
BIOL 200/BIOES 200 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 225/BIOES 225 Environmental Science
BIOL 250/BIOES 250 Animal Behavior
BIOL 325/BIOES 325 Ecology
BIOL 406/BIOES 406 Evolution
BIOL 298 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 299 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 300 Microbiology
BIOL 304 Embryology
BIOL 400/BIOES 400 Toxicology
Molecular and Cellular Biology:
BIOL 314 Virology
BIOL 315 Immunology
BIOL 420 Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIOL 435 Cancer Biology
BIOCH 405 Biochemistry
In addition, all biology majors must take
BIOL 410 (senior year) Seminar
Mathematics study through MATH 247
BIOL 450 and BIHP 471 may be substituted for BIOL 410 with the permission of the department chair. Students pursuing the biology major must take a minimum of five upper level courses at the 200 level or higher; at least four of the five bio-electives must be 4 credit laboratory courses. At least one of these electives must be a 400 level course.
Students interested in graduate school are advised to complete MATH 248 and PHYS 101 and 102 or PHYS 201 and 202.
Students who minor in biology must complete 20 hours of study in biology, including:
BIOL 221 Genetics
Two additional laboratory courses (at minimum)
Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.