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BA in Biology

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

  
 

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology curriculum does not include the additional mathematics and computer science courses of the Bachelor of Science program.

This program is ideal for a student planning on a health career or going to other graduate schools such as business or law.
 

Required Coursework

To obtain a BA in Biology you must satisfy the Biology Major Requirements, the General University Requirements (GUR), and complete a minimum of 124 credits.  The requirements for a BA in Biology consist of 38 credits in Biological Sciences plus cognate courses in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics.

The following requirements define the BA Degree in Biological Sciences. All required courses listed below, including cognate courses, must be completed with a grade of C or better.

 1)  REQUIRED CORE COURSES ~ 12 credits

    A.  R120/BIOL 200 Concepts in Biology * (4cr)

         * Effective from Fall 2011 ONLY.  Currently enrolled students should complete
           General Biology (R120:101&102).

4 credits +

    B.  BIOL 205 Foundations of Ecology and Evolution Lecture (3cr)

3 credits +

    C.  BIOL 206 Foundations of Ecology and Evolution Laboratory (1cr)

1 credit +

    D.  R120:201 Foundations of Cell & Molecular Biology Lecture (3cr)

3 credits +

    E.  R120:202 Foundations of Cell & Molecular Biology Laboratory (1cr)

1 credit = 12cr

 2)  CONCEPT CLUSTERS ~ 10 credits
      
Majors must complete one course from each of the following three concept cluster categories:

    A.  Ecological and Evolutionary Framework (3 credits)

  •  BIOL 222 Evolution

  •  R120:282 Animal Behavior

  •  R120:280 Ecology

  •  R120:370 Plant Ecology
    *

3 credits +

    B.  The Functional Organism (4 credits)

  •  R120:211 Plant Kingdom

  •  R120:335 General Microbiology

  •  R120:330 Plant Physiology

  •  R120/BIOL 340 Mammalian Physiology

  •  R120:342/343 Developmental Biology and Dev. Biol. Laboratory

  •  R120:230 Biology of Seed Plants
    *

4 credits +

    C.  Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms (3 credits)

  •  R120:352 Genetics

  •  R120:355 Cell Biology

  •  R120:356 Molecular Biology

  •  R120:360 Biochemistry

3 credits =

10cr

 3)  BIOLOGY ELECTIVES ~ 9 credits
       Majors must complete three courses from the following list of (3cr) biology elective courses:

  • BIOL 225 Insects in Society

  • R120:325 Animal Parasites

  • BIOL 338 Ecology of the Dining Hall

  • BIOL 341 Introduction to Neurophysiology

  • R120:342 Developmental Biology

  • BIOL 344 Physiological Mechanisms

  • R120:345 Comparative Physiology

  • R120/BIOL 346 Neurobiology

  • R120:350 Immunology

  • R120:365 Human Ecology

  • BIOL 368 Ecology and Evolution of Disease

  • BIOL 375 Conservation Biology

  • BIOL 383 Neural Basis of Behavior

  • R120:402 Biology of Cancer

  • R120:422 Biological Invasions

  • BIOL 440 Cell Biology of Disease

  • R120:445 Endocrinology

  • BIOL 447 Cellular and Systems Neuroscience

  • BIOL 448 Neuropathophysiology

  • R120:455 Molecular Cell Biology

  • R120:456 Virology

  • R120:472 Environmental Assessment

  • BIOL 491 Research and Independent Study

  • BIOL 492 Research and Independent Study

  • R120:493 Seminar in Biology

  • R120:494 Seminar in Biology

  • BIOL 495 Honors Seminar in Biology

<···3 courses

3 credits +

3 credits +

3 credits =

9cr

 4)  LABORATORY / FIELD EXPERIENCE ~ 7 credits.
       Majors must complete at least one 4-credit lab in this category:

     A.  Four Credit Laboratories (4 credits)

  •  R120:211 Plant Kingdom

  •  R120:227 Biology of Invertebrates

  •  R120:230 Biology of Seed Plants

  •  R120:285 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

  •  R120:311 Taxonomy of Vascular Plants

  •  R120:313 Mycology

  •  R120:325/326 Animal Parasites and Parasitology Laboratory

  •  R120:330 Plant Physiology

  •  R120:335 General Microbiology

  •  R120/BIOL 340 Mammalian Physiology

  •  R120:342/343 Developmental Biology and Laboratory

  •  R120:405 Microanatomy of Tissues

  •  R120:430 Plant Growth and Development

  •  BIOL 451 Cell Physiology and Imaging

4 credits +

     B.  Three Credit Laboratories (3 credits)  

  • R120:328 Ecology of Birds 

  • R120:371 Field Plant Ecology

  • R120:380 Field Ecology

  • R120:381 Field Animal Ecology

  • BIOL 475 Analytical Field Ecology

  • R120:485 Tropical Field Ecology (2cr)

3 credits =

7cr

 5)  COGNATE COURSES ~ 23 credits.
       Majors must complete all cognate courses in this category:

    A.  CHEM 121 or 125 General Chemistry I (3cr)

    B.  CHEM 122 or 126 General Chemistry II (3cr)

    C.  CHEM 124 General Chemistry Lab (1cr)

    D.  CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry I (3cr)

    E.  CHEM 244 Organic Chemistry II (3cr)

    F.  CHEM 244A Organic Chemistry Lab (2cr)

15 credits +

    H.  PHYS 102 General Physics I (3cr)

     I.  PHYS 102A General Physics Lab I (1cr)

    J.  PHYS 103 General Physics II (3cr)

    K.  PHYS 103A General Physics Lab II (1cr)

8 credits =

23cr

 6)  GENERAL UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENT (GUR) COURSES ~ 62 credits.

  • FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar (0cr) 

  • BNFO 135  Bioinformatics I  (3cr) 

  • HUM 101 English I (3cr)

  • HUM 102 English II (3cr)

  • MATH 105 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3cr)

  • MATH 138 General Calculus I (3cr)

  • MATH 238 General Calculus II (3cr)

  • MGMT 390 Principles of Management (3cr)

21 credits +

  • GUR Elective - 2 Physical Education Elective Courses (1cr each = 2cr) 

  • GUR Elective - 4 Free Elective Courses (3cr each = 12cr) 

  • GUR Elective - 3 Technical Elective Courses (3cr each = 9cr)

  • GUR Elective - 2 HSS Upper Level Elective Courses (3cr each = 6cr)

  • GUR Elective - 2 Social Sciences Elective Course (6cr)

  • GUR Elective - 1 English and Cultural History Elective Course (3cr)

  • GUR Elective - HSS Senior Seminar (3cr)

41 credits =

62cr

 Category 1-4:  Biology Courses:

38 credits

 Category 5:  Cognate Courses:

23 credits

 Category 6:  GUR Courses:

62 credits

BA DEGREE IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

123 CREDITS

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