2009-2010 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, Christine Clay, Bonnie Baxter, Judy Rogers

Program Goals

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 8
. BIOL 105 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 106 Principles of Biology II
4
4
III. Upper Division Biology Courses 26
. BIOL 331 Genetics and Lab
BIOL 332 Evolution
BIOL 420 Senior Seminar
BIOL Upper division Biology electives
4
4
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 74

Recommended Plan of Study for Biology Majors

  Fall and Spring Semesters
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 (4) (and prerequisites if necessary)
LE Courses
Sophomore Year BIOL 331 Genetics and Lab (4)
BIOL 332 Evolution (4)
BIOL Biology elective (0–4)
*PHYS 151/152 Principles of Physics I and II (8)
or
PHYS 211/212 Physics of Scientists and Engineers I & 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 20
. 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 221 Invertebrate Zoology


4



4

4
4
4
III. Upper Division Biology Courses 23
. BIOL 303 Microbiology
BIOL 310 Botany
BIOL 331 Genetics and Lab
BIOL Additional upper division biology course work
EDUC 382 Secondary Methods of Teaching Science
4
4
4
8
3
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 331 Genetics

BIOL 221 Invertebrate Zoology and Lab (4)
or
BIOL 301 Comparative Anatomy (4)

BIOL 210 Environmental Biology (4)
or
BIOL 404 Ecology (4)

BIOL 303 Microbiology (4)
or
BIOL 405 Cell Biology (4)

EDUC 382 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science
4
4
4



4



4



4

3
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 27