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BS in Biology

Overview:

The Biology Department offers two majors in biology, one leading to the Bachelor of Science degree and the second leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.

The major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree consists of a group of five core courses and the choice of one of three possible tracks in general biology, ecology or pre-professional studies. The general track is suited for students who wish to explore within the major, have interest in graduate school or desire to teach at the secondary level. The ecology track will allow students to focus on ecological studies, environmental issues or organismal biology. The preprofessional track is designed for students interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or allied health fields such as physician assistant, physical therapy or other clinically related professions.

Teacher licensure
Students majoring in biology may earn licensure to teach on the secondary level (grades 9-12). For more information see the Cato School of Education.

Writing-intensive course requirement
The writing-intensive course requirement is met with BIOL 360.

Prerequisites
BIOL 208 or 209 are prerequisite to all courses numbered 300 or above.

Requirements:

For the major in biology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, students are required to complete 67 hours in the major, which include specified courses in math and other natural sciences.

Core courses:

BIOL 208 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 209 Principles of Biology II
BIOL 360 Biology Seminar
BIOL 402 Genetics
BIOL 470 Biological Investigation (may be repeated once)

Plus one of the following tracks

General Track

BIOL 320 Zoology
BIOL 311 Botany

Plus an additional 10 hours in the major chosen from courses numbered 300 or above.

Plus:
CHEM 111, 111L Chemistry Principles I & Lab
CHEM 112, 112L Chemistry Principles II & Lab
CHEM 303, 303L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHEM 304, 304L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
PHYS 101 General Physics I
PHYS 102 General Physics II
MATH 121 Calculus I

MATH 220 Calculus II or ENVR 220 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences

Ecology Track

BIOL 320 Zoology
BIOL 311 Botany
BIOL 304 Ecology

Plus an additional 10 hours in the major chosen from courses numbered 300 or above.

Note: BIOL 330 Field Studies (recommended)

Additional courses:

CHEM 111, 111L Chemistry Principles I & Lab
CHEM 112, 112L Chemistry Principles II & Lab
ENVR 102 Geology
ENVR 202 Conservation Biology
MATH 121 Calculus I
ENVR 220 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences

Plus an additional 4 hours in Biology or Chemistry at the 300 level or above, Environmental Science at the 200 level or above or Physics.

Health Professions Track

BIOL304 or BIOL 311

Choose 2 of the following 4 courses

BIOL 307 Introduction to Microbiology
BIOL 320 Zoology
BIOL 400 Cell Biology
BIOL 401 Comparative Physiology

Plus an additional 6 hours in the major chosen from courses numbered 300 or above.

Plus:

CHEM 111, 111L Chemistry Principles I & Lab
CHEM 112, 112L Chemistry Principles II & Lab
CHEM 303, 303L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHEM 304, 304L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
PHYS 101 General Physics I
PHYS 102 General Physics II
MATH 121 Calculus I
MATH 220 Calculus II or ENVR 220 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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