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Department of Biology

Dr. Martha J. Powell, Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

Bodkin, Dendinger, Garrison, Grimm, Powell, Sellers, Trelawny

Associate Professors

Cocking, Dennis, R. Harris, Renfroe, Silver, Wiggins, Winstead, Wyngaard

Assistant Professors

Babcock, Ching, Keffer, Knight, Lord, Monroe, Pabst

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.

Major in Biology

The department offers a four-year, B.S. degree program for a major in biology and for a major in biology qualifying for the Secondary Collegiate Professional License. Requirements for the B.A. degree can be met by adding the completion of an intermediate level foreign language and three credit hours in philosophy.

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                             6
Additional 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 [1] 
      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 [1]
    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 [1]
    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
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Notes:
[1]
MATH 220 can be used to satisfy either Group I or Group II requirements, but not both.
Mathematics beyond this minimum requirement may be desirable in many areas of biology, and students who take PHYS 130 are strongly urged to continue with PHYS 135, which will then fulfill the second liberal studies science requirement.

Credit by Examination

The Department of Biology offers credit by examination in most of its courses, at the discretion of the course instructor or coordinator, when evidence of sufficient background or preparation is presented. Students seeking such credit should make arrangements with the course instructor or coordinator.

Minor in Biology

Students choosing to minor in biology must complete a program of 23 credit hours:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
BIO 120. General Zoology                               4
BIO 130. General Botany                                4
BIO 220. Cell Biology                                  3
Biology electives                                     12
                                                    ____
                                                      23

Minor in Biochemistry

See page 163 for the description of the interdisciplinary biochemistry minor.

Department Concentrations

After completion of the freshman year, students may elect to complete their program of study beyond the general biology core and support requirements in an area of concentration. Students who plan to pursue a concentration should contact the appropriate coordinator.

Animal Sciences

Dr. Reid N. Harris, Coordinator

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

Biotechnology

Dr. Douglas E. Dennis, Coordinator

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

Ecology

Dr. W. Dean Cocking, Coordinator

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

Entomology

Dr. James K. Grimm, Coordinator

BIO 310. General Entomology
BIO 415. Immature Insects
BIO 425. Medical Entomology
BIO 435. Insect Ecology

Microbiology

Dr. Bruce A. Wiggins, Coordinator

BIO 380. Microbiology
Choose two of the following:
  BIO 442. Basic Immunology
  BIO 444. Basic Virology
  BIO 453. Microbial Ecology

Molecular-Physiology

Dr. Norman E. Garrison, Coordinator

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

Plant Sciences

Dr. Norlyn L. Bodkin, Coordinator

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

Typical Program for a Major in Biology (B.S. Degree)


                                                  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 [1]
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 [1]
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
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Notes:
[1]
BIO 404, 435, 451, 452, 453 and 459 offered only in alternate years. BIO 351 is prerequisite.

Initial Secondary Teaching License

In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements, biology majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must complete the following as a part of their program.

                                                  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 [1] 
  (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)
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Notes:
[1]
PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.
Biology majors need courses in physics and geology as well as inorganic and organic chemistry.

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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