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Program Requirements

Biology Major Core Courses – 6.5 courses (5.5 BIOL)

  • BIOL 150, Investigating Biological Concepts
  • BIOL 155, Evolution, Ecology and Diversity
  • BIOL 202, Genetics
  • CHEM 140, General Chemistry
  • BIOL 210, Research Methods
  • BIOL 440 & 450, Research I & II
  • BIOL 350, Science Seminar, 2 semesters

Four additional required BIOL electives (upper level, 200 and up) – 4.0 courses

These would vary depending on the student. Students can pick any four, but here are some suggested courses for various interests:

Health careers or Cell/molecular research:

  • BIOL 200 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 204 Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 302 Microbiology
  • BIOL 320 Parasitology
  • BIOL 325 Advanced Physiology
  • BIOL 355 Molecular Biology

Ecology/conservation:

  • BIOL 201 Field Botany
  • BIOL 307 Ecology
  • BIOL 315 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 333 Evolution
  • BIOL 345 Animal Behavior

Three additional required Math/Science Electives – 3.0 courses

Students pick 3 of any of the following (suggestions, others are possible). Students are reminded that some of the courses listed have prerequisites and corequisites that they must fulfill prior to enrolling.

  • MATH: 207 Stats for Sciences
  • MATH: 151 Calculus I
  • MATH: 152 Calculus II (151 prerequisite)
  • PHYS: 130 Physics I (MATH 151 corequisite or permission of the instructor)
  • PHYS: 132 Physics II (MATH 152 corequisite or permission of the instructor)
  • PHYS: 214 Computational Methods (PHYS 132 and COMP 160 prerequisites)
  • PHYS: 267 Dynamics of Atmosphere (130 prerequisite, 132 corequisite)
  • CHEM: 220 Analytical
  • CHEM: 228 Organic I (220 prerequisite)
  • CHEM: 230 Organic II (220 and 228 prerequisites)

Biology Minor Courses

  • BIOL 150: Investigating Biological Concepts
  • BIOL 155Introduction to Ecology, Evolution and Diversity
  • BIOL 202: Genetics
  • Plus two other BIOL credits at the 200 level or above.

Process for approving other courses:

The student, in consultation with their advisor, will propose an alternate course to fulfill the “Three additional required Math/Science Electives” requirement. The proposal will identify the course and describe how the course fits into the student’s four year plan and fulfills the expectations of the Math/Science requirement. This proposal will be submitted to the chair of the biology department prior to taking the course.

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