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  Aug 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalog [under review]

Biology major leading to BS degree


A major in biology leading to a Bachelor of Science degree consists of at least 50 credits in science and mathematics, with at least 33 credits in biology. The major must include the following:

  1. BIOL 111 and 113, 220; CHEM 110, 241 or 241S; MATH 101, 102; PHYS 111, 112, 113, and 114
  2. BIOL 185, CSCI 102, or CSCI 121
  3. One course from BIOL 215 or 215S or CHEM 242. (BIOL 215 or 215S may not be used to fulfill both this requirement and intermediate-level courses in 4. below)

    Intermediate-level courses expand and focus students' understanding of particular topics. Students must take one course from each of 4, 5, and 6.
     
  4. Molecules and Cells: One additional course from BIOL 211 or 211S, 212S, 215 or 215S, 223, 280, 285, CHEM 341/343 and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  5. Ecology and Evolution: One course from BIOL 210, 216, 217, 231, 240 or 240S, 241, 242, 243, 244S, 245, 246, ENV 212 and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  6. Structure and Function: One course from BIOL 225, 250, 255, 260 or 260S, 267 (ENGN 267), 275, 280, 282, 283, and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  7. Advanced-level courses provide students with a greater depth of biological thought. Students must take at least three of the following, at least one of which must be a laboratory course (indicated by *):
    BIOL 310*, 322, 323*, 325*, 330*, 332*, 340 or 340S, 350, 355*, 360*, 362*, 365*, 385*, 395, 396, 397, 398
  8. Quantitative Biology: One course from BIOL 267, 282, 283, 285, 325, 385 (may also be used as intermediate and advanced-level courses in 4-7 above)
  9. Additional credits in biology to total 33, including a maximum of 6 credits at the 400 level. (BIOL 464 may not be used.) 
  10. Completion of the Major Field Test (MFT) in biology.

Research in Biology is recommended for all students preparing for graduate school. BIOL 401-403 and 421-424 may be used towards the total credits required in biology. No more than six credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major.

3. Take one course from the following


 (BIOL 215 or 215S may not be used to fulfill both this requirement and intermediate-level courses in 4. below)

Intermediate-level courses


Intermediate-level courses expand and focus students' understanding of particular topics. Students must take one course from each of 4, 5, and 6.

9. Additional credits in biology to total 33, including a maximum of 6 credits at the 400 level. (BIOL 464 may not be used.)


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


Research in Biology


Research in biology is recommended for all students preparing for graduate school. BIOL 401-403 and 421-424 may be used towards the total credits required in biology. No more than six credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major.



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