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  Dec 16, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalog

Biology major leading to BA degree


A major in biology leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree consists of 37 credits in science and mathematics, with at least 27 credits in biology. The major must include the following:

  1. BIOL 111 and 113, 340 or 340S; CHEM 110
  2. Quantitative Biology: Choose two courses from: CSCI 102, 121; INTR 202; MATH 101, 102; PSYC 250   

    Intermediate-level
    courses expand and focus students' understanding of particular topics: Students must take one course from each of categories 3, 4 and 5, and must have two laboratory courses (indicated by *) chosen from course meeting categories 3, 4, 5 or 6.
     
  3. Molecules and Cells: One course from BIOL 211* or 211S, 212S, 215* or 215S*, 220, 223, 280*, 285* and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  4. Ecology and Evolution: One course from BIOL 210, 216*, 217*, 231*, 240* or 240S*, 241*, 242*, 243*, 244S, 245*, 270S*, ENV 212 and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  5. Structure and Function: One course from BIOL 225*, 250, 255, 260* or 260S*, 265*, 267 (ENGN 267), 275, 282, 283 and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  6. Advanced-level courses provide the student with a greater depth of biological thought. Students must take at least two of the following:
    BIOL 310*, 322, 323*, 325*, 330*, 332*, 350, 355*, 360*, 362*, 365*, 385*, 395, 396, 397, 398
  7. Completion of the Major Field Test (MFT) in biology

Research in Biology: BIOL 401-403 and 421-424 may be used towards the total credits required in biology. No more than four credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major. (BIOL 464 may not be used).

Intermediate-level courses


Intermediate-Level courses expand and focus students' understanding of particular topics: Students must take one course from each of categories 3, 4 and 5, and must have two laboratory courses (indicated by *) chosen from course meeting categories 3, 4, 5 or 6.

7. Completion of the Major Field Test (MFT) in biology.


Research in Biology


BIOL 401-403 and 421-424 may be used towards the total credits required in biology. No more than four credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major. (BIOL 464 may not be used).