Biology B.S.B.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select one of the following: 13
College Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus
Calculus I
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 4 credit hours from one of the following lecture and laboratory course pairs: 24
Introduction to the Earth
Introduction to Physics I
Principles of Physics I
Select additional CORE Curriculum courses to complete remaining Area D requirements7
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
BIOL   2107
2107L
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory 3
3
BIOL   2108
2108L
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM   1145
CHEM   1146
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry II
8
Foreign Language Level III0-3
Math, Computer Science, Science Course approved by advisor0-3
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
Orientation
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Specific Requirements
Carry-over from Area F1
CHEM   3341Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM   3342Organic Chemistry II4
MATH   1441Calculus I (May be counted in Area D3 with 1 credit hour carryover to this section)4
Select a 4 credit hour lecture and laboratory course pair from the following to complete an 8 credit hour sequence: (Students must complete 1 year of either Physics or Geology; first course in sequence should be counted in Area D1)4
General Historical Geology
Introduction to Physics II
Principles of Physics II
CHEM, GEOL, GEOG, MATH, PHYS, or STAT Electives approved by advisor0-3
Major Requirements
BIOL - Prerequisite Courses (required prior to any BIOL courses at the 4000 and 5000-level)9
Principles of Genetics
Principles of Physiology
Evolution and Ecology
BIOL - Elective Courses (Level 3000 and above)26
Biochemistry I (May substitute for a BIOL Elective with advisor approval)
Three of the above courses must have a laboratory requirement (BIOL 4 credit hour courses)
One of the above courses must qualify as a "scientific process" course; see Dept. website for list of qualifying courses
Department recommends that one of the above courses qualify as a "capstone" experience; see Dept. website for list of qualifying courses. A maximum of 7 credit hours of capstone courses can be applied to the B.S.B. degree
Electives
At least six credit hours must be outside Biology8
Total Credit Hours126
1

College Trigonometry (MATH   1112) preferable for BIOL students.

2

The listed courses are recommended in Area D.

3

While the sequence Principles of Biology I (BIOL   2107) and Principles of Biology I Laboratory (BIOL   2107L) is 4 credit hours, only 3 credit hours will count toward fulfilling Area F. The remaining credit hour will be applied toward Specific Requirements.   

Other Program Requirements

  • No more than 40 credit hours of upper division coursework (3000+) in Biology may count toward the 126 minimum for graduation.
  • Students must have combined average of "C" or better for all biology courses.

Honors in Biology

For students entering the University Honors Program as freshman and seeking to complete the Departmental Honors in Biology, it is highly recommended that these freshmen complete:

Credit Hours
Freshman/Sophmore Level Courses
BIOL   2107H
BIOL   2107L
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL   2108H
BIOL   2108L
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM   1145HPrinciples of Chemistry I4
CHEM   1146HPrinciples of Chemistry II4
FYE   1220HFirst-Year Seminar2
MATH   1441HCalculus I4
Required Biology Honors Courses
Sophomore/Junior Level Courses5
Honors Research Methods in Biology (typically in Area F)
Honors Current Trends in Biological Research
Junior/Senior Level Courses6
Honors Research
Honors Thesis
Total Credit Hours33
A student who does not enter the Departmental Honors in Biology Program as a freshman will be considered for admittance based on the following criteria:

Typically, students with 3 semesters or less to complete their degree are not eligible to enter the Departmental Honors in Biology Program.

After entering the Departmental Honors in Biology Program, students are required to complete the required biology honors courses and the capstone experience to earn Departmental Honors in Biology.  Students also would be required to maintain a 3.3 overall GPA, including a GPA of 3.3 in courses supportive of the major.

Advisement

COSM Advisement Center, Engineering Building, Room 1116, (912) 478-0649