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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BSBIO


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Admission to Majors in Biology and Biochemistry


Entering students interested in majoring in biology or biochemistry will be classified as pre-majors and will be advised by the department. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the major. To be admitted to the major (and be eligible to enroll in advanced biology and biochemistry courses), a pre-major must meet all the requirements listed below.

Admission to Biology Major


Complete at least 30 hours of college courses and:

Have at least a 2.5 GPA on the required biology and chemistry courses listed above.


Other Requirements:


Only two attempts will be allowed for each biology and biochemistry course in the degree. A minimum 2.5 UNT grade point average and an overall 2.5 grade point average are required to enter the department as a pre-major or major (beginning freshmen are exempt). Students in the department whose UNT or overall grade point average drops below the minimum grade point averages (given above) for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the program.

Degree Requirements


Hours Required and General/College Requirements:


A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree as specified in the “General University Requirements ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences  requirements.

Foreign Language Requirement Options:


Students may complete either of two options to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement:

Option I:

Must attain intermediate II level (2050) in a foreign language or pass appropriate proficiency exam(s) as specified by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Option II:

Complete three courses from the approved groups listed below (a minimum of 9 hours). A student who wishes to fulfill the foreign language requirement by Option II must first be counseled by an undergraduate advisor of the Department of Biological Sciences and must obtain written approval of Option II for inclusion in the student’s degree audit. Students must choose one course from each group listed below for a total of 9 hours. All courses must be a minimum of 3 hours. Special Problems (BIOL 4900  - BIOL 4910 ), Cooperative Education in Biological Sciences (BIOL 4920 ) and Honors Research/Thesis (BIOL 4940 , BIOL 4950 , BIOL 4951 ) are excluded.

Group II:

One biology course at the 3000 level or higher or one additional course from Group III. If a biology course is used, it must be a course that counts for the major.

Note:

All courses must be appropriate for majors within the department that offers them. Normal limitations for undergraduate enrollment in graduate classes will still apply.

Major Requirements:


A major of 42 hours in the biological sciences, of which 28 must be advanced.

plus 16 advanced hours:

(Excluding BIOL 3350 /BIOL 3360 , BIOL 3500 , and BIOL 4050 ) of which 2 courses must be with laboratory.

By selecting upper-division biology courses from a subdiscipline, it is possible for the BS student to establish, unofficially, an area of study in general biology, ecology, microbiology, animal physiology/neuroscience, cell and molecular biology/genetics, or the plant sciences in consultation with the undergraduate advisor. The subdisciplines of general biology, microbiology, plant sciences, ecology and neuroscience have been defined with the courses listed below. Please consult with the undergraduate advising assistant in Room A128 of the Life Sciences Complex for further information.

Chemistry Requirements:


Electives:


Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information see an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Other Requirements:


A minimum grade of C in all science and mathematics courses. Only two attempts will be allowed for each biology and biochemistry course in the degree. A minimum 2.5 grade point average for upper-division courses in the sciences, a minimum 2.5 UNT grade point average and an overall 2.5 grade point average are required for graduation. All students seeking to enter the Department of Biological Sciences, with the exception of beginning freshmen, must meet the minimum UNT and overall grade point averages given above. Students in the department whose UNT or overall grade point average drops below the minimum (given above) for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the program.

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