2008-2009 Biology Program (BIOL)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Recommended Plan of Study | Academic Minor | Teaching Major | Teaching Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Lawrence Anderson, Brian Avery, Bonnie Baxter, Judy Rogers

Program Goals

  • To develop an understanding of the scientific process and critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • To enhance communication and information literacy skills.
  • To promote leadership, collaboration and teamwork.
  • To encourage reflective capacities.
  • To teach content knowledge of the various biology subdisciplines.

Objectives

The Biology program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a breadth of coursework and a focus on laboratory learning ranging from molecular to organismal topics. Undergraduate research is prominent in our program and is offered to students to learn first-hand the process of science. Presentation of research results at national meetings is encouraged. Students receive degree credit for research and internships. Recent biology graduates have been accepted to professional and graduate schools (at a rate of 50-100% each year), worked as laboratory researchers, educators, and biotechnologists.

Program Requirements

The program is designed to allow lateral shifting to other science majors if the student so desires. Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in biology courses required for the biology major. No more than half of the biology courses required for a major or minor are accepted by transfer. Please note that 300- and 400-level courses are designed for juniors and seniors.

Students choosing a double major or minor within the science program may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed under "required" courses that coincide with both majors/minors may be applied to both.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Students in the major must complete courses in general biology, genetics, evolution and the senior seminar. The biology major also requires that students complete an additional 20 hours of biology credits (at least 16 hours must be in the 300/400 level). The major includes one year of college physics, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry and at least one semester of calculus.

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The Life Sciences and the Physical Sciences LE requirements are fulfilled by meeting major requirements.


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Biology majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Biology Courses

15

BIOL 105 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 106 Principles of Biology II
BIOL 201 Genetics
BIOL 232 Evolution

4
4
4
3

III.

Upper Division Biology Courses

18

BIOL 420 Senior Seminar
BIOL Upper division Biology electives

2
16

IV.

Electives

4

BIOL Choose 4 hours of biology electives

4

V.

Required Courses from Other Programs

28

CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
CHEM 303 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry II and Lab

MATH 201B Calculus for Life Sciences (4)
or
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)

Students must take one first-level (I) and one second-level (II) Physics course:
PHYS 151 Principles of Physics I and Lab (4)
or
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab (4)
AND
PHYS 152 Principles of Physics II and Lab (4)
or
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab (4)

4
4
4
4



4




4



4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

73

Recommended Plan of Study for Biology Majors

Freshman Year

BIOL 105/106

Principles of Biology I and II

8

CHEM 111/112

Principles of Chemistry I and II

8

MATH 201B

Calculus for Life Sciences (and prerequisites if necessary)

4

LE Courses

Sophomore Year

BIOL 201

Genetics

4

BIOL 232

Evolution

3

BIOL

Biology elective

0-4

*PHYS 151/152
or
PHYS 211/212

Principles of Physics I and II

Physics of Scientists and Engineers I and II



8

LE Courses

Junior Year

*CHEM 303/304

Organic Chemistry I and II

8

BIOL

Biology Electives

8

Senior Year

BIOL 420

Senior Seminar

2

BIOL

Biology Electives

8-12

*Alternatively, a student could take the CHEM 303/304 sequence his or her sophomore year and PHYS 151/152 (or 211/212) sequence his or her junior year.

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

8

BIOL 105 Principles of Biology I and Lab
BIOL 106 Principles of Biology II and Lab

4
4

II.

Electives

16

BIOL coursework numbered at the 200-, 300- or 400-level

16

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

24

Teaching Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The Life Sciences and the Physical Sciences LE requirements are fulfilled by meeting major requirements.


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Biology Teaching majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Biology Courses

24

BIOL 103 Human Anatomy (4)
or
BIOL 301 Comparative Anatomy (4)

BIOL 104 Human Physiology (4)
or
BIOL 308 Comparative Physiology (4)

BIOL 105 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 106 Principles of Biology II
BIOL 201 Genetics
BIOL 221 Invertebrate Zoology



4



4

4
4
4
4

III.

Upper Division Biology Courses

19

BIOL 303 Microbiology
BIOL 310 Botany
BIOL 351 Secondary Methods of Teaching Science
BIOL Additional upper division biology course work

4
4
3
8

IV.

Required Courses from Other Programs

12

CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II
PHYS 104 Exploration in Science (4)
or
PHYS 151 Principles of Physics I (4)

4
4


4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR

63

Teaching Minor/Biology Teaching Endorsement

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

27

BIOL 105 Principles of Biology I and Lab
BIOL 106 Principles of Biology II and Lab
BIOL 201 Genetics

BIOL 221 Invertebrate Zoology
or
BIOL 301 Comparative Anatomy

BIOL 210 Environmental Biology
or
BIOL 404 Ecology

BIOL 303 Microbiology
or
BIOL 405 Cell Biology

BIOL 351 Secondary Methods of Teaching Science

4
4
4



4



4



4

3

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR

27