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    Jun 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BSBIO


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The university’s investment in Institutes of Research Excellence, cross-disciplinary research clusters and our participation in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance gives you hands-on experience in complex research as you earn your Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Degree requirements


The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology. Foundation course requirements must be successfully completed prior to advancing to upper-division major requirements.

Hours required and general/college requirements


A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 36 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree as specified in the University Core Curriculum  in the Academics  section of this catalog and the College of Science degree requirements .

Major requirements


Foundation course requirements


The Foundation course requirements listed below must be completed before enrollment in 3000 and 4000 level courses required for the major.  Successful completion is based on achieving a C or better in each course and an overall 2.5 grade point average in these courses.

Biology requirements


In addition to the biology foundation courses, students must complete with a C or higher a second 2000 level biology course, the advanced biology requirements, one physiology course with laboratory, and 16 advanced biology elective hours (of which 2 courses must be with laboratory).

Advanced biology electives:

Any BIOL 3000 or 4000 level 3 hour course or course with lab, except BIOL 3350 /BIOL 3360 , BIOL 3500  and BIOL 4700 .  At least 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, microbiology, animal physiology/neuroscience, cell and molecular biology/genetics, or plant sciences in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.

Chemistry requirements


Students must complete a minor in chemistry with a minimum of 20 hours. This includes the 12 hours of chemistry foundation courses plus 8 hours completed with a grade of C or higher, as follows:

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 and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information, see an academic advisor in the College of Science.

Other requirements


Only two attempts will be allowed for each biology and biochemistry course in the degree. Grade of C or better and minimum 2.5 grade point average in Foundation courses, C or better in all upper-division courses counting towards major requirements, and an overall 2.0 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 grade point averages given above. Students in the department whose Foundation course or overall grade point average drops below the minimum for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the program.

Four-year degree plan (example)


The following four-year plan is one example of a variety of ways in which you can complete your chosen degree in four years, and will serve as a guide for you to design your pathway to degree completion. Variations will depend on whether you need to take prerequisites or have college credit from exams or dual enrollment.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
BIOL 1710 - Biology for Science Majors I   3 hours   BIOL 1720 - Biology for Science Majors II   3 hours   
BIOL 1760 - Biology for Science Majors Laboratory   2 hours   CHEM 1440 - Laboratory Sequence for General Chemistry   1 hour  
CHEM 1430 - Laboratory Sequence for General Chemistry   1 hour   ENGL 1310 - First-Year Writing I    3 hours   
MATH 1650 - Pre-Calculus    5 hours    MATH 1710 - Calculus I   4 hours  
First Semester Chemistry* 3 hours Second Semester Chemistry* 3 hours 
Total 14 hours Total 14 hours

 

Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
CHEM 2370 - Organic Chemistry   3 hours   CHEM 2380 - Organic Chemistry   3 hours   
CHEM 3210 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory   1 hour   CHEM 3220 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory   1 hour   
TECM 2700 - Technical Writing   3 hours   Language, Philosophy and Culture Core    3 hours 
Sophomore Biology** 3 hours  Sophomore Biology** 3 hours 
Physics Semester 1 (1400/1500) 4 hours  Physics Semester 2 (1400/1500)  4 hours 
Total 14 hours Total 14 hours

 

Year 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
BIOL 3451 - Genetics   3 hours   BIOC 4550 - Biochemistry II  OR Elective-advanced 3 hours  
BIOL 3452 - Genetics Laboratory   1 hour   BIOL 3510 - Cell Biology   3 hours  
American History Core   3 hours  BIOL 3520 - Cell Biology Laboratory   1 hour  
Creative Arts Core   3 hours  American History Core   3 hours 
Chemistry-advanced selection 4 hours  Advanced Biology Lecture and Lab elective*** 4 hours 
Elective 3 hours Elective 3 hours
Total 17 hours Total 17 hours

 

Year 4

Semester 1 Semester 2
Government/Political Science Core   3 hours  Government/Political Science Core   3 hours 
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core   3 hours  Advanced Biology Lecture and Lab elective*** 4 hours 
Physiology selection
4 hours  Biology Elective-advanced 3 hours 
Biology Elective-advanced 3 hours  Biology Elective-advanced 3 hours 
Elective-advanced 3 hours  Elective 1 hours 
Total 16 hours Total 14 hours

 

Notes:

*See chemistry courses under “Foundation course requirements.”

**See biology courses under “Foundation course requirements.”

***See “Biology requirements” for requirements.

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