The curriculum of the Department of Organismal and Environmental Biology acquaints students with the body of knowledge in the discipline and supports leadership development through useful and responsible hands-on application of this knowledge.

Our goal is

  • to provide a quality education in the biological sciences;
  • to train biology majors who are well prepared to continue their education or to move into professional positions in their field; and
  • to enhance scientific literacy in non-majors.

The Minor in Biology (19 credits)

BIOL 211/211L-212/212L-213/213L (requires the completion of CHEM 103/103L-104/104L or CHEM 121/121L-122/122L) and a minimum of seven BIOL credits at the 300- or 400-level, including one course with a laboratory component.


The information in any area of "Degrees Offered" is an overview only and does not replace official degree requirements as outlined in the current Undergraduate Catalog. It does not constitute a contract between any student and the University. Our goal is to provide an overview of departmental options.

Effective for students entering the Organismal and Environmental Biology (OENB) program fall 2010 or later.

The curriculum of the Department of Organismal and Environmental Biology, in addition to the Liberal Learning Core Requirements, is designed to acquaint students with the body of knowledge in the discipline and facilitate leadership development through useful and responsible hands-on application of this knowledge.  Major requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree are detailed below.

Core Requirements

  • The Triad, beginning fall freshman year: BIOL 211/211L-212/212L-213/213L (sequential) (12 credits)
  • BIOL 391(W) - Junior Seminar, Writing Intensive (1 credit)
  • BIOL 491(W) - Senior Seminar, Writing Intensive (1 credit)
  • CHEM 103/103L-104/104L (Introductory Chemistry & Lab) (8 credits)
  • MATH 125, and 130 or higher (6 credits)
  • BIOL Electives:  21 credits of biology courses with a minimum of four credits chosen from each of the three required Category Lists (see below).

Category Lists:

Choose a minimum of 4 credits from each of the following three categories.

1)  Cellular, Molecular, & Physiological Biology 

BIOL 301/301L, 307/307L, 309/309L, 313, 314/314L, 315/315L, 412/412L, 420/420L; BCHM 414/414L.

2)  Environmental Biology

BIOL 302/302L, 304/304L, 306/306L, 308/308L, 321/321L**, 322/322L**, 325, 403/403L, 407/407L, 435/435L, 450/450L, 454; CHEM 465, 440

3)  Organismal Biology

BIOL 309/309L, 312/312L, 313, 321/321L**, 322/322L**, 403/403L, 409/409L, 418/418L, 425/425L, 440/440L, 445/445L, 457/457L, 465/465L

** Only counts as a laboratory course if both are taken.

Notes:  The biology degree requires that students have a C or better in BIOL 211/211L-212/212L-213/213L; and a C- or better in BIOL 391W and 491W and CHEM 103/103L-104/104L.  Students may present no more than two biology courses with grades lower than C- for the degree.

Biology & Environmental course options


This information is for reference only and does not supersede the current Undergraduate Catalog.

The curriculum of the Department of Organismal and Environmental Biology, in addition to the Liberal Learning Core Requirements, is designed to acquaint students with the body of knowledge in the discipline and facilitate leadership development through useful and responsible hands-on application of this knowledge. In the Bachelor of Science in Biology, students must choose one of four available majors.

Core Requirements for each major:

  • The Triad, beginning fall freshman year: BIOL 211/211L-212/212L-213/213L (sequential) (12 credits)
  • BIOL 391(W) - Junior Seminar, Writing Intensive (1 credit)
  • BIOL 491(W) - Senior Seminar, Writing Intensive (1 credit)
  • CHEM 121/121L-122/122L (8 credits); 321/321L-322/322L (8 credits)
  • MATH 125, and 130 or higher (6 credits)
  • PHYS 151/151L-152/152L (8 credits)

Available Majors

The Major in Cellular, Molecular, & Physiological Biology
(For more information on this major please visit the Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry.)

21 credits of biology courses, only three of those 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 301/301L, 307/307L, 309/309L, 313, 314/314L, 315/315L, 412/412L, 420/420L; BCHM 414/414L.

The Major in Environmental Biology
21 credits of biology courses, only three of those 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, 304/304L, 306/306L, 308/308L, 321/321L**, 322/322L**, 325, 403/403L, 407/407L, 435/435L, 450/450L, 454; CHEM 465, 440.

The Major in Organismal Biology
21 credits of biology courses, only three of those 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 309/309L, 312/312L, 313, 321/321L**, 322/322L**, 403/403L, 409/409L, 418/418L, 425/425L, 440/440L, 445/445L, 457/457L, 465/465L.

The Major in Integrative Biology
21 credits of biology courses, 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.

**Only counts as a laboratory course if both are taken.

Notes

  • Grades: The biology degree requires that students have a C or better in BIOL 211/211L-212/212L-213/213L; and a C- or better in BIOL 391W and 491W and CHEM 121/121L-122/122L. Students may present no more than two biology courses with grades lower than C- for the degree.
  • It will be difficult (if not impossible) for a student to complete a biology degree in four years if, by the end of the second year, the student has not yet completed: BIOL 211/211L-212/212L-213/213L (sequential).

Biology & Environmental course options


This information is for reference only and does not supersede the current Undergraduate Catalog.

Master of Science in Environmental Science
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Bachelor's to Master's 5 Year Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Environmental Science.
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  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Biology.
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For more information, contact Dr. Jessica Thompson, Graduate Program Coordinator at jessica.thompson@cnu.edu.  Also, visit the Department of Organismal and Environmental Biology as well as the Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry or see the current Graduate Catalog.