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Biology Curriculum

The range of courses in the biology curriculum is unusually broad and requires intensive study.

Secondary teaching certification in Biology can be acquired with the addition of several education courses.

Biology majors have many career options. Graduate education in the health professions (pre-medicine, veterinary, or dentistry) or in ecology, microbiology, physiology and pharmacology is possible. Careers in research laboratories, governmental agencies, and environmentally oriented companies are also popular choices.

Core Requirements (36 credits):

BIO 1020 Biological Concepts I 
BIO 1022 Biological Concepts II 
BIO 3110 Genetics 
BIO 3590 Junior Seminar in Biology 
BIO 4605 Evolution 
CHE 1505/1505L General Chemistry I & Lab
CHE 1515/1515L General Chemistry II & Lab
CHE 2010/2010L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHE 2020/2020L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
MAT 2090 Statistical Methods OR BIO 2300 Biostatistics

Students considering graduate school or pre-professional programs are encouraged to take Calculus, Physics, and other possible electives. See your academic advisor for details.

Biology majors should choose one of the four tracks, depending on their career goals.

General Biology Track (19 - 24 credits)

The General Biology Track, consisting of the core requirements and the sub-discipline electives below, ensures that students cover the most important areas within biology, but also provides great flexibility within each area so students may tailor their biology degree toward their individual interests and goals. Completion of the General Biology option will prepare students for careers in Biology as well as a variety of graduate programs depending on the courses selected.

One course from the Microbiology Group (3.0-4.0 credits):

BIO 3050 Microbiology OR
BIO 3080 Cell Biology OR
BIO 3150 The Biology of Cancer
BIO 3250 Fundamentals of Clinical Immunology 
BIO 3910 Virology

One course from the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Group (3.0-4.0 credits)

BIO 3055 Molecular Biology 
BIO/CHE 3042/L Biochemistry I and Lab 
BIO 4110 Advanced Genetics and Genomics

One course from the Ecology Group (4.0-6.0 credits)

BIO 3120 Ecology 
BIO 3121 Plant Ecology 
BIO 3930 Marine and Island Ecology 

One course from the Anatomy and Physiology Group (4.0 credits):

BIO 2010 Comparative Anatomy 
BIO 2050 General Botany 
BIO/PSY 2141 Animal Behavior 
BIO 3060 Animal Physiology 
BIO 3075 Plant Physiology
BIO 3500 Developmental Biology 

Biology Elective: One additional course from any 3000 level or above

Biology or Biochemistry course (4.0-6.0 credits)

Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Track (20 - 22 credits):

The Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Track is designed for students interested in the interactions among organisms and the environment. This concentration provides a strong base in a broad range of topics important for students interested in pursuing a career in such diverse areas as conservation and wildlife management, environmental studies, environmental science, and behavioral or ecological research. The evolution, ecology, and behavior concentration will also prepare you for doctoral or masters programs within these fields.

Required Courses (16.0-18.0 credits):

BIO 2050 General Botany 
BIO 3050 Microbiology 
BIO/PSY 2141 Animal Behavior OR
BIO 3930 Marine and Island Ecology
BIO 3120 Ecology OR
BIO 3121 Plant Ecology

At least one course chosen from the following (4.0 credits):

BIO 3055 Molecular Biology 
BIO 3075 Plant Physiology 
BIO 3500 Developmental Biology 
BIO/CHE 3042/L Biochemistry I and Lab 

Molecular Biology Track (22 - 26 credits):

The Molecular Biology Track is ideally suited for students interested in how life works at the molecular level, at the intersection between biochemistry and biology. With the rise of biotechnology and the increasing use of molecular biological applications in industry and medicine, the molecular biology concentration provides students with a strong background in molecular genetics and molecular laboratory techniques to facilitate their future success in the biotech industry, graduate school, medical school, the research sector, and other biological pursuits.

Required Courses (8.0 credits):

BIO 3055 Molecular Biology 
BIO/CHE 3042/L Biochemistry I and Lab 

At least three courses from the Cell and Molecular Group (10.0-12.0 credits)

BIO 3050 Microbiology 
BIO 3080 Cell Biology 
BIO 3150 The Biology of Cancer 
BIO 3250 Fundamental of Clinical Immunology 
BIO 3910 Virology
BIO 4110 Advanced Genetics and Genomics 
BIO/CHE 3062 Biochemistry II 

At least one course from the Ecology Group (4.0-6.0 credits):

BIO 3120 Ecology 
BIO 3121 Plant Ecology 
BIO 3930 Marine and Island Ecology 

Medical Biology Track (27- 30 credits):

The Medical Biology Track is for students who intend to become health care professionals (physicians, dentists, veterinarians, etc.). After successful completion, the student will have obtained the content and skills needed for the transition to professional school in the medical field. Students should check with the graduate programs to which they are applying for a list of current pre-requisites. Consultation with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor is strongly recommended.

Required Courses (20.0 credits):

BIO 2010 Comparative Anatomy 
BIO 3050 Microbiology 
BIO 3060 Animal Physiology 
BIO 3500 Developmental Biology 
BIO/CHE 3042/L Biochemistry I and Lab 

At least one course from (3.0-4.0 credits):

BIO 3055 Molecular Biology 
BIO 3080 Cell Biology
BIO 3150 The Biology of Cancer 
BIO 3250 Fundamentals of Clinical Immunology 
BIO 3910 Virology 

At least one course from (4.0-6.0 credits):

BIO 3075 Plant Physiology 
BIO 3120 Ecology 
BIO 3121 Plant Ecology 
BIO 3930 Marine and Island Ecology 

Note that there are additional courses required by medical schools. Students must include all of the following courses in preparation for medical school:

MAT 2010 Calculus I 
PHY 2200 Principles of Physics I
PHY 2150L Physics Laboratory I 
PHY 2210 Principles of Physics II 
PHY 2160L Physics Laboratory II 

The following courses are strongly suggested for students considering medical school:

BIO 3400 Topics in Bioethics 
CHE 3060 Biochemistry II 
PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology 
SOC 1010 Introductory Sociology 

55.0 – 66.0 credits required for the major

In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.