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Majoring in Biology

Total program: 68-74 semester hours

Supportive Courses: 28 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
MATH 105 Precalculus 4
PHYS 201 General Physics I, or  
PHYS 203 Physics I: Mechanics 5
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I 5
  Any 200-400 Natural Science or advisor approved courses from: MATH, PHYS< CHEM, NASC 4

Core Requirements: 28-34 semester hours

Core Introductory Courses: 8 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
BIOL 201 General Biology I, or 4
BIOL 205 Animal Biology 4
BIOL 202 General Biology II, or 4
BIOL 204 Plant Biology 4

Core Foundational Courses: 14-16 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
BIOL 310 Cell Biology 4
BIOL 311 Genetics 4
BIOL 323 Ecology 2
BIOL 378 Evolution and Biosystematics 2
  One 200-400 elective biology or advisor approved course 2-4

Core Mastery Courses: 6-10 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
BIOL 381 Research Writing in the Sciences 2
BIOL 382 Statistics for Life Sciences, or 2
BIOL 383 Statistics and Applications for Life Sciences 4
BIOL 499A Senior Seminar, and 1
BIOL 499B Senior Seminar, or 1-3
BIOL 499 Senior Seminar 0-4

Additional Biology Requirements

12 semester hours
One course (4 semester hours) must be taken from each of the three designated themes.

Themes:

Environmental (One of the following must be taken):

Code Course Title Units
BIOL 305 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIOL 312 Environmental Biology 4
BIOL 322 Marine and Freshwater Biology 4
BIOL 327 Mountain and Desert Biology 4
BIOL 334 Ornithology 4
BIOL 377 Biotech, Society, and Environment 4
BIOL 390 Natural History of the Tropics +  
BIOL 390F Natural History of the Tropics Fieldwork 4

Applied/Translational (One of the following must be taken):

Code Course Title Units
BIOL 302 Microbiology 4
BIOL 316 Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 343 Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 345 Immunology 2
BIOL 346 Molecular Basis of Disease 4
BIOL 376 Human and Environmental Toxicology 4
BIOL 441 Nutrition 2

Integrative/Interdisciplinary (One of the following must be taken):

Code Course Title Units
BIOL 313 Developmental Biology 4
BIOL 314 Biochemistry 5
BIOL 336 Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology 4
BIOL 344 Human Physiology 4
BIOL 361 Plant Physiology 4
BIOL 374 Science & Society 4