Biological Sciences (B.A.)
The Bachelor of Arts degree is for students who desire a broad liberal arts education with specialization in biology. It is not recommended for students anticipating admission into graduate science programs or medical school. Students contemplating a major program in biological sciences should consult with a departmental undergraduate advisor no later than the beginning of the sophomore year.
Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.
Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. Students must receive a grade of C-minus or better in all biology courses. A grade point average of 2.0 (C) in both biology and general required courses is required for graduation.
A minimum of 40 credits of BIO starting at BIO 1500 are required of the major as defined below. Courses through the 6000 level may be elected providing the proper prerequisites have been successfully completed. At least twelve credits of BIO major courses must be taken in residence.
Biology Major Course Requirements
|BIO 1500||Basic Life Diversity||4|
|BIO 1510||Basic Life Mechanisms||4|
|BIO 2200||Introductory Microbiology||5|
|BIO 2600||Introduction to Cell Biology||3|
|BIO 3070||Genetics 2||4-5|
|Select one of the following Course sequences:||7|
and Biomedical Technology and Molecular Biology
and Comparative Physiology
|Ecology and the Environment|
and General Ecology
|BIO electives (3000 level or higher) to reach 40 credits of BIO 1|
BIO electives must include a minimum of two lecture based 3000-6000 level BIO courses. Courses required to complete major requirements listed above cannot also be used as BIO elective credit.
If elected for honors credit, BIO 3070 is 5 credits and includes a lab.
& CHM 1230
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
& CHM 1250
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
|MAT 1800||Elementary Functions 1||4|
|STA 1020||Elementary Statistics||3|
|or MAT 2210||Probability and Statistics|
Students must start in the appropriate math course based upon placement exam or valid SAT/ACT scores. Students may attempt to place into a higher MAT course by taking the Placement Examination of the Department of Mathematics upon entry into the university.
Biological Sciences Honors (B.A. and B.S. Programs)
The Department participates in the honors program and works with individual students to develop a curriculum that satisfies honors degree requirements. Students interested in an honors degree should contact the departmental honors advisor.
Program Requirements: To achieve honors designation with the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, students are required to complete all University and major requirements (see above) including fourteen honors credits in Biology and at least ten additional honors credits, which includes an Honors Seminar (HON 4200-HON 4280).
The fourteen credits in Biological Sciences are comprised of:
|8 credits of BIO courses with honors 1||8|
|Basic Life Diversity|
|Basic Life Mechanisms|
|Introduction to Cell Biology|
|Ecology and the Environment|
|BIO 6990||Honors Directed Study in Biology (Research credits required)||4|
|BIO 6999||Terminal Essay: Honors Program (Thesis required)||2|
|Seminar in Philosophy and Letters|
|Seminar in Physical Science|
|Seminar: Global Perspectives on Historical Studies|
|Seminar in Foreign Culture|
|General Honors Seminar|
|7 credits of honors coursework from any discipline||7|
To be awarded a BIO honors degree, students must accumulate twenty-four honors credits as defined above. Students must also maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least a 3.3. Students completing department honors must also maintain a 3.3 g.p.a in BIO coursework.
BIO courses without an honors section may be used if the professor is willing to do an honors option. Paperwork to do an honors option on a course is available from the Honors College.