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Biology

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All biology majors complete three principles of biology courses. These three courses introduce students to the science of life beginning at the molecular level and progressing to organisms and ecosystems, while the accompanying labs provide hands-on experiences that reinforce this learning. After finishing the foundation courses, students in the bachelor of science program select their major area and take upper-level courses that further develop critical-thinking skills and field techniques.

Laboratory work is an integral part of most upper-division courses.

Core

  • BIOL 211 - Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 211L - Principles of Biology I Laboratory
  • BIOL 212 - Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 212L - Principles of Biology II Lab
  • BIOL 213 - Principles of Biology III
  • BIOL 213L - Principles of Biology III Laboratory
  • BIOL 391W - Junior Seminar
  • BIOL 491W - Senior Seminar
  • CHEM 103 - Intro to Chemistry
  • CHEM 103L - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 104 - Introductory Chemistry II
  • CHEM 104L - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II
  • MATH 125 - Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 130 - Precalculus

Electives (21 credits)

Must have a minimum of four credits chosen from cellular, molecular & physiological biology, environmental biology, organismal biology. At least three of the courses taken must have a laboratory component. Only three of those credits can be at the 200-level.

  • BIOL 271 - Medical Terminology
  • BIOL 295 - Special Topics
  • BIOL 301 - Microbiology
  • BIOL 301L - Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 302 - Oceanography - An Introduction to Marine Science
  • BIOL 302L - Oceanography – An Introduction to Marine Science Laboratory
  • BIOL 306 - Environmental Conservation
  • BIOL 306L - Environmental Conservation Laboratory
  • BIOL 307 - Cell Biology
  • BIOL 307L - Cell Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 308 - Plant Biology
  • BIOL 308L - Plant Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 310 - Plant Systematics
  • BIOL 310L - Plant Systematics Laboratory
  • BIOL 312 - Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 312L - Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory
  • BIOL 313 - Genetics
  • BIOL 314 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 314L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
  • BIOL 315 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 315L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
  • BIOL 319 - Nutrition and Energy Homeostasis
  • BIOL 326 - Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
  • BIOL 328 - Island Biology and Experimental Design
  • BIOL 365 - Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL 395 - Special Topics
  • BIOL 403 - Marine Biology
  • BIOL 403L - Marine Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 405 - Disease Biology
  • BIOL 407 - General Ecology
  • BIOL 407L - General Ecology Laboratory
  • BIOL 409 - Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
  • BIOL 409L - Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates Laboratory
  • BIOL 411 - Immunology
  • BIOL 412 - Fundamental Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 412L - Fundamental Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 418 - Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 420 - Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 420L - Animal Physiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 422 - Field Trip Experience
  • BIOL 425 - Ornithology
  • BIOL 425L - Ornithology Lab
  • BIOL 430 - Biogeography
  • BIOL 435 - Environmental Application of GIS
  • BIOL 435L - Environmental Application of GIS Laboratory
  • BIOL 440 - Herpetology
  • BIOL 440L - Herpetology Laboratory
  • BIOL 445 - Mammalogy
  • BIOL 445L - Mammalogy Lab
  • BIOL 450 - Environmental Microbiology
  • BIOL 450L - Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 454 - Global Change
  • BIOL 457 - Entomology
  • BIOL 457L - Entomology Lab
  • BIOL 465 - Fish Biology
  • BIOL 465L - Fish Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 492 - Undergraduate Research Experience
  • BIOL 495 - Special Topics
  • BIOL 496 - Practicum
  • BIOL 499 - Problems in Biology

Core

  • BIOL 211/211L - Principles of Biology I and Laboratory
  • BIOL 212/212L - Principles of Biology II and Laboratory
  • BIOL 213/213L - Principles of Biology III and Laboratory
  • BIOL 391W - Junior Seminar
  • BIOL 491W - Senior Seminar
  • CHEM 103/103L - Introductory Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 104/104L - Introductory Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • MATH 125 - Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 130 - Precalculus (or higher)
  • CHEM 121/121L - General Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 122/122L - General Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • CHEM 321/321L - Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 322/322L - Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • PHYS 151/151L - Intermediate Physics I and Laboratory
  • PHYS 152/152L - Intermediate Physics II and Laboratory

Electives (21 credits)

  • Only three credits can be at the 200-level. At least 15 credits must come from the following courses, and three of these courses must have a laboratory component:
    • BIOL 301/301L - Microbiology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 307/307L - Cell Biology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 313 - Genetics
    • BIOL 314/314L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
    • BIOL 315/315L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory
    • BIOL 412/412L - Fundamental Molecular Biology
    • BIOL 420/420L - Animal Physiology and Laboratory
    • BCHM 414/414L - Biochemistry I and Laboratory
    • BCHM 415/415L - Biochemistry II and Laboratory

Core

  • BIOL 211/211L - Principles of Biology I and Laboratory
  • BIOL 212/212L - Principles of Biology II and Laboratory
  • BIOL 213/213L - Principles of Biology III and Laboratory
  • BIOL 391W - Junior Seminar
  • BIOL 491W - Senior Seminar
  • CHEM 121/121L - General Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 122/122L - General Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • CHEM 321/321L - Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 322/322L - Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • MATH 125 - Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 130 - Precalculus (or higher)
  • PHYS 151/151L - Intermediate Physics I and Laboratory
  • PHYS 152/152L - Intermediate Physics II and Laboratory

Electives (21 credits)

Only three credits can be at the 200-level. Of these 21 credits at least 15 must come from the following courses, and three of these courses must have a laboratory component:

  • BIOL 302/302L - Oceanography - An Introduction to Marine Science and Laboratory
  • BIOL 306/306L - Environmental Conservation and Laboratory
  • BIOL 308/308L - Plant Biology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 403/403L - Marine Biology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 407/407L - General Ecology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 435/435L - Environmental Application of GIS and Laboratory
  • BIOL 450/450L - Mammalogy and Laboratory
  • BIOL 454 - Global Change
  • CHEM 440
  • CHEM 465 - Environmental Chemistry

Core

  • Biology Core:
    • BIOL 211/211L - Principles of Biology I and Laboratory
    • BIOL 212/212L - Principles of Biology II and Laboratory
    • BIOL 213/213L - Principles of Biology III and Laboratory
    • BIOL 391W - Junior Seminar
    • BIOL 491W - Senior Seminar
  • CHEM 121/121L - General Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 122/122L - General Chemistry II and Laboratory*
  • CHEM 321/321L - Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 322/322L - Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • MATH 125 - Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 130 - Precalculus (or higher)
  • PHYS 151/151L - Intermediate Physics I and Laboratory
  • PHYS 152/152L - Intermediate Physics II and Laboratory

Electives (21 credits)

Only three of those credits can be at the 200-level. At least four credits will come from the required courses list of each of the other three majors. At least three of the courses taken must have a laboratory component.

Core

  • Biology Core:
    • BIOL 211/211L - Principles of Biology I and Laboratory
    • BIOL 212/212L - Principles of Biology II and Laboratory
    • BIOL 213/213L - Principles of Biology III and Laboratory
    • BIOL 391W - Junior Seminar
    • BIOL 491W - Senior Seminar
  • CHEM 121/121L - General Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 122/122L - General Chemistry II and Laboratory*
  • CHEM 321/321L - Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 322/322L - Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • MATH 125 - Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 130 - Precalculus
  • PHYS 151/151L - Intermediate Physics I and Laboratory
  • PHYS 152/152L - Intermediate Physics II and Laboratory

Electives (21 credits)

Only three credits can be at the 200-level.

At least 15 must come from the following courses, and three of these courses must have a laboratory component:

  • BIOL 312/312L - Invertebrate Zoology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 403/403L - Marine Biology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 409/409L - Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates and Laboratory
  • BIOL 418 - Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 425/425L - Ornithology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 440/440L - Herpetology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 445/445L - Mammalogy and Laboratory
  • BIOL 457/457L - Entomology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 465/465L - Fish Biology and Laboratory
  • BIOL 211/211L - Principles of Biology I and Laboratory
  • BIOL 212/212L - Principles of Biology II and Laboratory
  • BIOL 213/213L - Principles of Biology III and Laboratory
  • BIOL 391W - Junior Seminar
  • Select One:
    • CHEM 103/103L - Introductory Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • CHEM 104/104L - Introductory Chemistry II and Laboratory
    • CHEM 121/121L - General Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • CHEM 122/122L - General Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • A minimum of seven credits from BIOL electives, including one course with a laboratory component:
    • BIOL 301/301L - Microbiology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 302/302L - Oceanography - An Introduction to Marine Science and Laboratory
    • BIOL 306/306L - Environmental Conservation and Laboratory
    • BIOL 307/307L - Cell Biology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 308/308L - Plant Biology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 310/310L - Plant Systematics and Laboratory
    • BIOL 312/312L - Invertebrate Zoology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 313 - Genetics
    • BIOL 314/314L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
    • BIOL 315/315L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory
    • BIOL 319 - Nutrition and Energy Homeostasis
    • BIOL 326 - Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
    • BIOL 328 - Island Biology and Experimental Design
    • BIOL 365 - Evolutionary Biology
    • BIOL 391W - Junior Seminar
    • BIOL 395 - Special Topics
    • BIOL 403/403L - Marine Biology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 405 - Disease Biology
    • BIOL 407/407L - General Ecology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 409/409L - Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates and Laboratory
    • BIOL 411 - Immunology
    • BIOL 412/412L - Fundamental Molecular Biology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 418 - Animal Behavior
    • BIOL 420/420L - Animal Physiology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 422 - Field Trip Experience
    • BIOL 425/425L - Ornithology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 430 - Biogeography
    • BIOL 435/435L - Environmental Application of GIS and Laboratory
    • BIOL 440/440L - Herpetology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 445/445L - Mammalogy and Lab
    • BIOL 450/450L - Environmental Microbiology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 454 - Global Change
    • BIOL 457/457L - Entomology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 465/465L - Fish Biology and Laboratory
    • BIOL 492 - Undergraduate Research Experience
    • BIOL 495 - Special Topics

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