Physiology Concentration

Majors in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Physiology must complete:

  • University Bridges Core (25 credits)
  • Other Biological Sciences Requirements (14-16 credits)
  • Science Co-Requisites (29 credits)
  • Biological Sciences Requirements (42 credits)

To graduate, a student:

  • needs a minimum of 122 credit hours.
  • must have at least a 2.0 overall QPA and major QPA.
  • must have a C or better in CHEM121, CHEM121L, BIOL111 or 115, BIOL112 or 117 and BIOL212.

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University Bridges Core Requirements - 28 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
BRDG 100 Research & Info Skill 1
BRDG 101 Writing & Analysis 3
BRDG 102 Writing & Literature 3
BRDG 105 Intro to Ethical Reasoning 3
EQ XXX Essential Questions Seminar 3
BRCT XXX Critical Thinking 1
BRDF XXX Cultural Fluency 3
BRET XXX Ethical Reasoning 3
BRSH XXX Social & Historical Reasoning 3

Other Biological Sciences Requirements - 14-16 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
ENGL 302W Science Writing 3
BIOL 105 Biol Sci Career Development Seminar 1
MATH 115 Calculus I 4
MATH 225 Biostatistics I 3
MATH 116 or 335 Calculus II or Biostatistics II 3-4
SPRG 108 Service Learning 0-1

Science Co-Requisites - 29 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 121 Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 212L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 201 Physics for Life Sciences I 4
PHYS 202 Physics for Life Sciences II 4
General Elective Credits 3

Biology Requirements - 42 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
BIOL 111 or 115 Biology I and Lab 4
BIOL 112 or 117 Biology II and Lab 4
BIOL 212 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 315 or BIOL316 Human Physiology or Comparative & Environmental Physiology 3
BIOL 424, 460, 475 Immunology, or Endocrinology, or Neurobiology (take 2 of these 3) 6
BIOL 490 Biology Seminar 1
BIOL 370W SuperLab: Lab I 4
BIOL 372W, 373W, or 376W SuperLab: Lab III, IV, or VI 4
Additional Biology Electives 12

Students may opt for either MATH 116 or MATH 335.

BIOL electives may be chosen from any topic area. The following electives are suggested based on a significant Physiology component.

BIOL 250 Genetics
BIOL 313 Developmental Biology
BIOL 315 Human Physiology
BIOL 316 Comparative & Environmental Physiology
BIOL 335 Vertebrate Anatomy, Development and Evolution- (offered every other Fall)
BIOL 340W Evolution (offered every other Fall semester)
BIOL 424 Immunology
BIOL 426 Pathogenic Microbiology
BIOL 460 Endocrinology
BIOL 468 Human Genetics
BIOL 475 Neurobiology
CHEM 401 Biochem I*
CHEM 402 Biochem II**
* CHEM 401 (Biochem I) is strongly recommended for pre-meds
** CHEM 401 (Biochem I) and CHEM 402 (Biochem II) together will fulfill a Biochemistry Minor

Undergraduate research is recommended but not required. The following courses related to undergraduate research and an Honors thesis (an option for some students) earn elective credit:

BIOL 398/399/415H Undergrad Research/Honors Research (max 6 credits of elective credit)
BIOL 394 Biology Research Forum (1 credit course for students engaged in research)

The following CHEM courses (in addition to 402) are possible as elective credits, CHEM 301 (Phys Chem for Life Sciences), CHEM 510 (Bioanalytical Chem).

The University will offer various courses each semester to satisfy the UCOR requirements. UCOR courses can be taken in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum

- A minimum grade of C in Biology I & II, Cell & Molecular Biology is prerequisite for all advanced biology courses
- Students must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better to remain enrolled in BSNES
- Students must maintain a GPA of 2.00 in biology courses in order to graduate