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Biology Major and Minor

Biology majors receive a thorough education in all forms of life, from microbes to plants to animals. 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, toxicology and in many government laboratories. 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.

Biology Major

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:

Organismal Biology:

Molecular and Cellular Biology:

In addition, all biology majors must take

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.

► See a sample four-year course sequence
► See biochemistry and biology course descriptions
► See chemistry course descriptions

Biology Minor

Students who minor in biology must complete 20 hours of study in biology, including:

  • BIOL 110, 111 Introduction to Biology I & II

  • BIOL 221 Genetics

  • Two additional laboratory courses (at minimum)

Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.

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