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BS in Biology

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The Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Program in Biological Sciences emphasizes a more quantitative approach to biology than the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program. The BS program will help students develop computer and mathematical skills needed for biological sciences in the 21st century. Students opting for BS must take advanced mathematics and computer science courses, including one upper division mathematical biology course. This curriculum is ideal for students who wish to work in industry, in government, or as a researcher or teacher.

Required Coursework

To obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Biological Sciences, students must satisfy the Major Requirements in Biology, the General University Requirements (GUR), and complete a minimum of 128 credits. The requirements for a BS in Biology consist of 38 credits in Biological Sciences plus cognate courses in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science.

The following requirements define the BS 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 & Evolution Lecture (3cr)

3 credits +

    C.  BIOL 206 Foundations of Ecology & 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 ~ 13 credits 
       Majors must complete one course from each of the following four concept cluster categories:

    A.  Ecological and Evolutionary Framework (3cr)

  • BIOL 222 Evolution

  • R120:282 Animal Behavior

  • R120:280 Ecology

  • R120:370 Plant Ecology

3 credits +

    B.  The Functional Organism (4cr)

  • R120:211 Plant Kingdom

  • R120:335 General Microbiology

  • R120:330 Plant Physiology

  • R120/BIOL 340 Mammalian Physiology

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

  • R120:230 Biology of Seed Plants

4 credits +

    C.  Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms (3cr)

  • R120:352 Genetics

  • R120:355 Cell Biology

  • R120:356 Molecular Biology

  • R120:360 Biochemistry

3 credits +

    D.  Computational Biology (3cr)

  • MATH 371 Physiology and Medicine

  • MATH 372 Population Biology

  • MATH 373 Intro Mathematical Biology

  • MATH 430 Analytical & Computational Neuroscience

  • MATH 431 Systems Computational Neuroscience

3 credits =

13cr

 3)  BIOLOGY ELECTIVES ~ 6 credits
       Majors must complete two 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 (BIOL 495)

<···2 courses

3 credits +

3 credits =

6cr

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

    A.  Four Credit Laboratories (4cr)

  • R120:211 Plant Kingdom

  • R120:227 Biology of Invertebrates

  • R120:230 Biology of Seed Plants

  • R120:285 Comp. Vertebrate Anatomy

  • R120:311 Taxonomy of Vascular Plants

  • R120:313 Mycology

  • R120:325/326 Animal Parasites & Parasitology Laboratory

  • R120:330 Plant Physiology

  • R120:335 General Microbiology

  • R120/BIOL 340 Mammalian Physiology

  • R120:342/343 Developmental Biology & Laboratory

  • R120:405 Microanatomy of Tissues

  • R120:430 Plant Growth and Development

  • BIOL 451 Cell Physiology and Imaging

4 credits +

    B.  Three Credit Laboratories (3cr)

  • 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 ~ 40-41 credits.
      
Majors must complete all cognate courses in this category:

    A.  BNFO 136 Bioinformatics II (3cr)

3 credits +

    B.  CHEM 124 General Chemistry Lab (1cr)

    C.  CHEM 125 General Chemistry I (3cr)

    D.  CHEM 126 General Chemistry II (3cr)

    E.  CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry I (3cr)

    F.  CHEM 244 Organic Chemistry II (3cr) ·

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

15 credits +

    H.  PHYS 111 Physics I (3cr)

     I.  PHYS 111A Physics Lab I (1cr)

    J.  PHYS 121 Physics II (3cr)

    K.  PHYS 121A Physics Lab II (1cr)

8 credits +

    L.   MATH 112 Calculus II (4cr)

    M. MATH 211 Calculus III (3cr)

7 credits +

    N.  MATH Cognate (3-4cr). 
    O.  Majors must complete one of the following math cognate courses:

  • MATH 222 Differential Equations (4cr)

  • MATH 227 Mathematical Modeling (4cr)

  • MATH 337 Linear Algebra (3cr)

  • MATH 340 Applied Numerical Methods (3cr)

3 or 4 credits

= 36-37cr

 6)  GENERAL UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENT (GUR) COURSES ~ 50 credits.

  • FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar (0cr)

  • BNFO 135  Bioinformatics I  (3cr)

  • HUM 101 English I (3cr)

  • HUM 102 English II (3cr)

  • MATH 111 Calculus I (4cr)

  • MATH 333 Probability and Statistics (3cr)

  • MGMT 390 Principles of Management (3cr)

19 credits +

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

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

  • GUR Elective - 2 Technical Elective Courses (3cr each = 6cr)

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

  • GUR Elective - 2 Social Sciences Elective Courses (3cr each = 6cr)

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

  • GUR Elective - HSS Senior Seminar (3cr)

35 credits =

54cr

 Category 1-4:  Biology Courses:

38 credits

 Category 5:  Cognate Courses:

36-37 credits

 Category 6:  GUR Courses:

54 credits

BS DEGREE IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

128 CREDITS

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