Undergraduate Curriculum

Majors in Biological Sciences 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 - 25 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
BRDG 100 Research & Info Skills 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 3
BRCF 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

Biological Sciences Requirements - 42 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
BIOL111 or 115 Biology I with Lab 4
BIOL 112 or 117 Biology II with Lab 4
BIOL 212 Cell & Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 490 Biology Seminar 1
BIOL 370W SuperLab: Lab I 4
BIOL 371W, 372W, 373W, 374W, or 376W SuperLab: Lab II, III, IV, V(DPT students), or VI 4
Genetics and Molecular Biology topic area 3
Organismal topic area 3
Supra-Organismal topic area 3
Additional Biology Electives 12

GENETICS and MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TOPIC AREA

BIOL 250 Genetics
BIOL 310 Biomacromolecules: Structure & Function
BIOL 319 General Microbiology
BIOL 332 Virology
BIOL 405 Microbial Genetics
BIOL 419 Bioinformatics: Analysis of Molecular and Genomic Data
BIOL 424 Immunology
BIOL 460 Endocrinology
BIOL 468 Human Genetics
BIOL 475 Neurobiology
BIOL 479 Methods in Population Genetics
BIOL 530W Forensic Molecular Biology

ORGANISMAL TOPIC AREA

BIOL 313 Developmental Biology
BIOL 315 Human Physiology
BIOL 316 Comparative & Environmental Physiology
BIOL 319 General Microbiology
BIOL 344 Plant Biology
BIOL 393 Biodiversity
BIOL 401 Ornithology
BIOL 417 Invertebrate Biology
BIOL 424 Immunology
BIOL 426 Pathogenic Microbiology
BIOL 429 Microbial Physiology
BIOL 460 Endocrinology
BIOL 475 Neurobiology

SUPRA-ORGANISMAL TOPIC AREA

BIOL 316 Comparative & Environmental Physiology
BIOL 322 Animal Behavior
BIOL 335 Vertebrate Anatomy, Development and Evolution
BIOL 340 Evolution
BIOL 344 Plant Biology
BIOL 393 Biodiversity
BIOL 401 Ornithology
BIOL 417 Invertebrate Biology
BIOL 427W Microbial Ecology
BIOL 432W Applied and Environmental Microbiology
BIOL 438 Environmental Biology
BIOL 466 Terrestrial Field Biology
BIOL 492W Stream Field Biology
BIOL 494 Environmental Sampling and Analysis
BIOL 650 Conservation Biology

Biology Electives

Biology electives may be chosen from:

  • Courses listed on curriculum document and on web
  • Biochemistry I and II (CHEM 401, 402)
  • Undergraduate Research (398/399 for a total of 6 credits)
  • Biology research forum (BIOL 394 -with permission, requires prior 398 or 399 credits)
  • Honors Research/Thesis (BIOL415- with permission)
  • BIOL 508 (Elements of Biotechnology)
  • Biology Seminar (BIOL 490) and Biotechnology Product Development (BIOL 509) may NOT be taken for elective credit.
  • Approved courses from Chemistry include (may not be used to fulfill a concentration):
    Biochemistry I (CHEM 401),Biochemistry II (CHEM 402), Bioanalytical Chemistry (CHEM 510), others possible, including some (CHEM 598) Special Topics Courses.
  • Approved courses from ENVI include (may not be used to fulfill a concentration):
    ENVI 551 Principals of Environmental Science (for upper classmen with permission)
    ENVI 670 Environmental Toxicology (for upper classmen with permission). Note: a prerequisite of Mammalian Physiology (BIOL315) or Comparative Physiology (BIOL316) is required to receive elective credit for ENVI 670.
    ENVI402/502 Plant Biodiversity

Note: Only approved electives counts towards the major or the minor degree; non-majors courses do not.