2012 - 2013 Biology Program (BIOL)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Recommended Plan of Study | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Brian Avery, Bonnie Baxter, Christine Clay, Betsy Kleba, Judy Rogers, Christine Stracey

Program Goals

Objectives

The Biology program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a breadth of coursework and a focus on laboratory learning ranging from molecular to organismal topics. Undergraduate research is prominent in our program and is offered to students to learn first-hand the process of science. Presentation of research results at national meetings is encouraged. Students receive degree credit for research and internships. Recent biology graduates have been accepted to professional and graduate schools (at a rate of 50–100% each year), worked as laboratory researchers, educators, and biotechnologists.

1) Students will understand scientific methods and use them to address a biological question

2) Students will critically and analytically evaluate biological data to formulate valid conclusions

3) Students will effectively communicate biological concepts and data in both written and verbal format

4) Students will demonstrate proficiency in general scientific skills and skills specific to an area of specialization within biology

5) Students will develop an understanding of the major concepts in the biological sciences. They will be able to explain major concepts in:

6) Students will be able to see relationships between science and society.

Program Requirements

The program is designed to allow lateral shifting to other science majors if the student so desires. Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in biology courses required for the biology major. No more than half of the biology courses required for a major or minor are accepted by transfer. Please note that 300- and 400-level courses are designed for juniors and seniors.

Students choosing a double major or minor within the science program may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed under "required" courses that coincide with both majors/minors may be applied to both.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Students in the major must complete the four core courses in biology and the senior seminar. The biology major also requires that students complete an additional 20 hours of biology credits (at least 16 hours must be in the 300/400 level). The major includes one year of college physics, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, at least one semester of calculus, and statistics for the sciences.

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The Life Sciences and the Physical Sciences LE requirements are fulfilled by meeting major requirements.


 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
Biology majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 8
 
II. Lower Division Core Biology Courses 16
BIOL 202 Organisms and Evolution 4
BIOL 203 Introduction to Ecology 4
BIOL 204 Principles of Genetics 4
BIOL 205 Introduction to Cell Biology 4
 
III. Upper Division Biology Courses 18
BIOL Upper division Biology electives 16
BIOL 420 Senior Seminar 2
 
IV. Electives 4
BIOL Choose 4 hours of biology electives, numbered 200 or above 4
 
V. Required Courses from Other Programs 32
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4
CHEM 303 Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry II and Lab 4
MATH 240 Statistics for the Sciences 4
     
MATH 201B
or
MATH 202
Calculus for Life Sciences (4)

Calculus II (4)
4
     
Students must take one first-level (I) and one second-level (II) Physics course:  
PHYS 151
or
PHYS 211
Principles of Physics I and Lab (4)

Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab (4)
4
AND    
PHYS 152
or
PHYS 212
Principles of Physics II and Lab (4)

Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab (4)
4
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 78

Recommended Plan of Study for Biology

  Fall and Spring Semesters
Freshman Year
BIOL 202 Organisms and Evolution 4
BIOL 203 Introduction to Ecology 4
CHEM 111/112 Principles of Chemistry I and II 8
MATH 240 Statistics for the Sciences 4
MATH 201B Calculus for Life Sciences (and prerequisites if necessary) 4
LE Courses    
Sophomore Year
BIOL 204 Principles of Genetics 4
BIOL 205 Introduction to Cell Biology 4
MATH 201B Calculus for Life Sciences (if not taken in the previous year) 4
*CHEM 303/304 Organic Chemistry I and II 8
BIOL Biology electives 0-4
LE Courses    
Junior Year
BIOL Biology Electives 8–12
*PHYS 151/152
or
PHYS 211/212
Principles of Physics I and II

Physics of Scientists and Engineers I & II
8

8
LE Courses (if necessary)  
Senior Year
BIOL 420 Senior Seminar 2
BIOL Biology Electives 8-12

*Alternatively, a student could take the PHYS 151/152 (or 211/212) sequence his or her sophomore year and the CHEM 303/304 sequence his or her junior year.

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 16
BIOL 202 Organisms and Evolution 4
BIOL 203 Introduction to Ecology 4
BIOL 204 Principles of Genetics 4
BIOL 205 Introduction to Cell Biology 4
 
II. Electives 8
BIOL coursework numbered at the 200-, 300- or 400-level 8
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24