B. S., Major in Biology Requirements: 33 Credits

BIO 202
BIO 206
General Biology: Cellular and Molecular
and General Biology: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory
4
BIO 201
BIO 205
General Biology: Organismal and Population
and General Biology: Organismal and Population Laboratory
4
Upper Division Biology courses25
Seven upper-division lecture courses. All Biology courses of three or more credits, except BIO 297, BIO 397, BIO 493, BIO 495 and BIO 497, are lecture courses. These courses must consist of:
Five lecture courses at the 300- and/or 400-level. These courses must include at least one course from each of the following three areas:
Molecular/Cellular
Genetics
Cell Structure and Function
Immunology
Developmental Biology
Microbiology
Neurobiology
Organismal:
Zoology
Botany
Animal Behavior
Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy
Parasitology
Environmental Physiology
Animal Physiology
Entomology
Neurobiology
Developmental Biology
Population/Ecology/Evolution:
Vertebrate Natural History
The Ecology, Geography and Health of Lakes
Environmental Science
Coastal and Estuarine Ecology
Parasitology
Environmental Physiology
Environmental Remote Sensing
Conservation Biology
Terrestrial Ecology
Marine And Freshwater Ecology
One 500-level "focus" course
Applicable courses are:
Bioinformatics: Genomics Approach
Current Topics in Genetics
Genomes and Chromosomes
Environmental Toxicology
Current Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Ecology of Zoonotic Diseases
Special Topics in Plant Biology
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Special Topics in Physiology
Current Topics in Neuroscience
Current Topics in Ecology
One additional course of the student's choice. This course can be any upper-division BIO lecture course or one of a select group of offerings by other departments. Please check with the Biology department for a list of currently approved courses.
Four laboratory courses
This requirement may be satisfied by any combination of 4 credit lecture + laboratory or 1 or 2 credit laboratory-only courses.Lecture + laboratory courses may apply simultaneously to both the lecture and laboratory requirements.
The following courses apply toward this requirement:
Lecture/Laboratory courses
Biostatistics
Zoology
Botany
The Ecology, Geography and Health of Lakes
Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy
Coastal and Estuarine Ecology
Environmental Physiology
Microbiology
Entomology
Developmental Biology
Terrestrial Ecology
Bioinformatics: Genomics Approach
Genomes and Chromosomes
Laboratory-only courses
Genetics Laboratory
Animal Behavior Laboratory
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Animal Physiology Laboratory
Neurobiology Laboratory
Freshwater Ecology Laboratory
In addition, one of the following may be used as the equivalent of a laboratory course: BIO 490 may be counted as one lab course if taken twice. BIO 497 may be counted as one lab course if: 1. At least six credits of 497 are taken over multiple semesters. 2. The research work is presented by the student at a regional or national scientific meeting 3. The research work is also presented by the student as a poster at the Department of Biology Research Colloquium.
Total Credits33

BIO 297 Directed Research, BIO 397 Directed Independent Research (Extramural), BIO 492 Seminar in Undergraduate Classroom Instruction, BIO 493 Directed Independent Readings, and BIO 495 Directed Independent Study do not apply toward the major requirements.  BIO 497 Directed Independent Research may be counted as one lab course as noted above. BIO 490 Seminar In Undergraduate Biology Instruction can be applied toward the lab requirement if taken twice.

Upon petition prior to enrollment, courses in departments other than Biology (such as CHM 371 Biochemistry of Metabolism or BMS 521 Principles of Biochemistry) may be approved for non-laboratory biology major credit; a student may exercise this option for only one such course.

Requisite Courses

At least twenty-four credits in the following courses: CHM 203 General Chemistry I, CHM 204 General Chemistry I Laboratory, CHM 205 General Chemistry II (or CHM 285 Advanced General Chemistry II), CHM 206 General Chemistry II Laboratory (or CHM 286 Chemical and Statistical Analysis Laboratory), CHM 321 Organic Chemistry I, CHM 322 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory, CHM 323 Organic Chemistry II, CHM 324 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory; General Physics I (201 or 211 or 213); PHY 205 General Physics Laboratory I; General Physics II (202 or 212); PHY 206 General Physics Laboratory II.