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    Jul 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ecology for Environmental Science, BS


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The ecology for environmental science degree program will expose you to a wide range of courses and facilities that focus your understanding from an ecological perspective.


Degree requirements

The Bachelor of Science with a major in ecology for environmental science requires the following:

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 General university requirements  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


Students must complete with a C or higher the other 2000-level biology course option from the foundation, and required upper-level biology courses list below (courses with labs, if indicated), as well as 12 hours from the list of upper-level biology electives (including at least two courses with labs).

Upper-level biology electives (12 hours, including 2 courses with labs):


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 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   
CHEM 1410 - General Chemistry for Science Majors   3 hours    BIOL 1760 - Biology for Science Majors Laboratory   2 hours   
CHEM 1430 - Laboratory Sequence for General Chemistry   1 hour    CHEM 1420 - General Chemistry for Science Majors   3 hours   
ECON 1100 - Principles of Microeconomics   3 hours    CHEM 1440 - Laboratory Sequence for General Chemistry   1 hour   
ENGL 1310 - First-Year Writing I   3 hours    TECM 2700 - Technical Writing   3 hours   
Elective 3 hours Math elective for Biology 3 hours
Total 16 hours Total 15 hours

 

Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
BIOL 2140 - Principles of Ecology   3 hours    BIOL 2251 - Biodiversity and Conservation of Animals   3 hours   
BIOL 2141 - Ecology Laboratory   1 hour    CHEM 2380 - Organic Chemistry II   3 hours   
CHEM 2370 - Organic Chemistry I   3 hours    CHEM 3220 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II   1 hour   
CHEM 3210 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I   1 hour    Creative Arts core   3 hours 
PHIL 2500 - Environment and Society   3 hours    Government/Political Science core   3 hours
Government/Political Science core   3 hours Elective 3 hours
Total 14 hours Total 16 hours

 

Year 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
BIOL 3451 - Genetics   3 hours    BIOL 4051 - Community Ecology   3 hours    
BIOL 3452 - Genetics Laboratory   1 hour    BIOL 4052 - Community Ecology Laboratory   1 hour   
GEOG 3500 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems   3 hours    BIOL 4260 - Principles of Evolution   3 hours   
American History core   3 hours Physics Semester 2 (1400/1500) 4 hours 
Physics Semester 1 (1400/1500) 4 hours Physiology for Ecology* 4 hours
Total 14 hours Total 15 hours

 

Year 4

Semester 1 Semester 2
ECON 4440 - Economics of Natural Resources and Environment   3 hours    American History core   3 hours 
Biology Elective for Ecology* 4 hours  Language, Philosophy and Culture core   3 hours
Biology Elective for Ecology* 3 hours  Biology Elective for Ecology* 4 hours 
Elective 3 hours Biology Elective for Ecology* 3 hours 
Elective 3 hours Elective 1 hour
Total 16 hours Total 14 hours

 

Notes:

*See “Biology requirements” above for requirements.

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