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  Nov 20, 2017
 
2012-2013 University Catalog archived

Biology major leading to BS degree


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A major in biology leading to a Bachelor of Science degree consists of 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, 295; MATH 102; PHYS 112 and 114
  2. One course from BIOL 215* or 215S* or CHEM 242
  3. At least 25 additional biology credits not used to satisfy the above requirements. Must include at least two courses at the 300 level, at least one of which must be a laboratory course (indicated by *) and at least one course from each of the four categories below. BIOL 401-403 and 422-424 may be used as non-laboratory courses toward any category, depending on the topic and by prior agreement with the instructor and department. No more than six credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major.
    1. Molecules and Cells: BIOL 211* or 211S*, 215* or 215S*, 223, 280*, 285*, 297 (if topic is relevant), 310*, 320, 321*, 323*, 350, 365*, 396; CHEM 341/33 
    2. Diversity of Life: BIOL 210, 230*, 231*, 235*, 240* or 240S*, 241*, 242*, 297 (if topic is relevant)
    3. Ecology and Evolution: BIOL 216*, 217*, 243*, 245*, 246, 297 (if topic is relevant), 322, 325*, 330*, 332*, 340 or 340S*, 398; ENV 212
    4. Structure and Function: BIOL 225*, 250, 255, 260* or 260S*, 265*, 267 (ENGN 267), 297 (if topic is relevant), 355*, 362*, 395, 397
  4. Completion of the Major Field Test (MFT) in biology.

Additional courses required as prerequisites for completion of the above include CHEM 110, and 241 or 241S, MATH 101, and PHYS 111 and 113.

Courses in statistics and computer programming are recommended strongly to all students preparing for graduate or professional school.

3. At least 25 additional biology credits not used to satisfy the above requirements.


Must include at least two courses at the 300 level, at least one of which must be a laboratory course (indicated by *) and at least one course from each of the four categories below. BIOL 401-403 and 422-424 may be used as non-laboratory courses toward any category, depending on the topic and by prior agreement with the instructor and department. No more than six credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major.

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


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