The Department of Biology offers opportunities for study and research in broad areas of biology. Its curriculum is designed to provide fundamental training in the biological sciences for students desiring to enter graduate study, careers in the biological sciences, health fields such as medicine, dentistry or allied health areas, and teaching at the secondary level. The department also provides courses for liberal studies and for non-majors.
The minimum requirement for an undergraduate major in biology is 40 credit hours including the following core courses:
Credit Hours BIO 120. General Zoology 4 BIO 130. General Botany 4 BIO 220. Cell Biology 3 BIO 230-231L. Genetics with Laboratory 4 BIO 351. Introduction to Ecology 3 Molecular-physiological biology course 4 (300 level or above) Organismal biology course 3-4 (300 level or above)At least 20 credit hours of the biology program must be earned in upper-division (300 or above) biology courses.
The following may be counted as part of the 40-credit-hour requirement:
Maximum Credit Hours BIO 325. Topics in Biology 6 BIO 495. Biotechniques 6 BIO 496. Research Literature 2 BIO 497. Biological Research 6 BIO 499. Honors in Biology 6Additional courses in biology must be elected, in consultation with an adviser, to complete the 40-credit-hour program. These are free-choice electives and may be chosen to tailor a program according to the particular needs and interests of the student. Alternatively, a student may select elective credit in biology in an area of concentration. All chemistry and core requirements should be completed as early in the program as possible. To be used as prerequisites for biology courses, grades of "C" or higher must be earned in the following: BIO 101, BIO 120, BIO 130, CHEM 131, CHEM 131L, CHEM 132, CHEM 132L.
Credits in the following support courses are required for the biology major:
Credit Hours CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II 6 CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories 2 CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry Lecture 6 CHEM 346L. Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 Choose one of the following combinations 9-12 from Group I and one course from Group II: Group I: MATH 120. Introduction to Probability with MATH 220. Elementary Statistics  and one additional selection from Group II (total of two from Group II) MATH 155 or 156. Functions and Probability and MATH 220. Elementary Statistics  MATH 205-206. Introductory Calculus I-II MATH 235-236. Analytic Geometry and Calculus I-II Group II: Any of the following math courses: MATH 220. Elementary Statistics  MATH 318. Introduction to Probability and Statistics MATH 321. Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design MATH 322. Applied Linear Regression MATH 323. Exploratory Data Analysis MATH 324. Applied Nonparametric Statistics MATH 325. Survey Sampling Methods MATH 421. Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis PHYS 130. General Physics I________
Credit Hours BIO 120. General Zoology 4 BIO 130. General Botany 4 BIO 220. Cell Biology 3 Biology electives 12 ____ 23
Choose four of the following: BIO 305. Ornithology BIO 310. General Entomology BIO 316. Vertebrate Embryology BIO 320. Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates BIO 370. Vertebrate Physiology
BIO 380. General Microbiology BIO 460. Plant Cell and Tissue Culture BIO 480. Molecular Biology CHEM 361-362. Biochemistry I-II CHEM 366L. Biochemistry Laboratory
Choose one of the following: BIO 351. Introduction to Ecology BIO 352. Honors Introduction to Ecology Choose three of the following: BIO 435. Insect Ecology BIO 451. Ecological Systems BIO 452. Population Biology BIO 453. Microbial Ecology BIO 459. Limnology
BIO 310. General Entomology BIO 415. Immature Insects BIO 425. Medical Entomology BIO 435. Insect Ecology
BIO 380. Microbiology Choose two of the following: BIO 442. Basic Immunology BIO 444. Basic Virology BIO 453. Microbial Ecology
Choose four of the following: BIO 370. Vertebrate Physiology BIO 442. Basic Immunology BIO 444. Basic Virology BIO 455. Physiology of Vascular Plants BIO 460. Plant Cell and Tissue Culture BIO 480. Molecular Biology
Choose four of the following: BIO 315. Introduction to Plant Pathology BIO 340. Morphology and Anatomy of Vascular Plants BIO 385. Taxonomy of Vascular Plants BIO 455. Physiology of Vascular Plants BIO 460. Plant Cell and Tissue Culture BIO 465. Plant Somatic Cell Genetics BIO 470. Morphology of Nonvascular Plants
Credit Freshman Year Hours BIO 120. General Zoology 4 BIO 130. General Botany 4 CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II 6 CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories 2 ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition 6 Mathematics courses 6 Liberal studies course 3 ____ 31
Credit Sophomore Year Hours Choose one of the following: 3 BIO 220. Cell Biology BIO 351. Introduction to Ecology  BIO 230-231L. Genetics with Laboratory 4 CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry Lecture 6 CHEM 346L. Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 Liberal studies courses 14 Mathematics course or PHYS 130 3-4 ____ 32-33
Credit Junior Year Hours Choose one of the following: 3 BIO 220. Cell Biology BIO 351. Introduction to Ecology  Liberal studies courses 6 Molecular-physiological biology course 4 Organismal biology course 3-4 Social science courses 6 Biology electives 3 Electives 3-4 ____ 28-30
Credit Senior Year Hours Liberal studies course 3 Biology electives 11-12 Electives 15 ____ 29-30________
Credit Hours EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education 3 (junior year) EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year) 3 EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year) 1 EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom 1 Management (senior year) HTH 370. The School Health Program 2 (any appropriate time) PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the 3 Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child  (sophomore year) READ 414. Reading and Writing in the 1 Content Areas (senior year) SEED 371I. Clinical Techniques, Natural Science 3 Methods (normally in first semester of senior year) SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in 3 Secondary Education (normally in first semester of senior year) SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year) 12 SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students 1 in Regular Classes (senior year)________
It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 111-113 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.
Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership.
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