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Major in Biology – 65 credits minimum
Courses are 3 credits unless indicated.

Required in the Major:  

BIOL-111: Principles of Biology I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

BIOL-112: Principles of Biology II (4 credits)

BIOL-201: Cell Biology (4 credits)

BIOL-217: Genetics (4 credits)

BIOL-233: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (4 credits)

BIOL-498: Senior Seminar in Biology

One Biology 200-level course chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • BIOL-203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIOL-206: General Zoology (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • BIOL-210: Nutrition (4 credits)
  • BIOL-281: Special Topics in Biology/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit)

Two Biology 300-level courses chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • BIOL-300: Experimental Methods and Design (4 credits) (Writing Intensive)
  • BIOL-303: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BIOL-312: Watersheds and Freshwater Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-322: Terrestrial Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-324: Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-325: Marine Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-333: Evolution
  • BIOL-351: Molecular Biology
  • BIOL-360: Biotechnology

Two Biology 400-level courses chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • BIOL-401: Internship in Biology (Repeatable for credit)
  • BIOL-405: Environmental Study Tour (4 credits)
  • BIOL-410: Immunology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-411: Developmental Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-412: Endocrinology
  • BIOL-413: Conservation and Restoration Biology
  • BIOL-481: Advanced Special Topics in Biology/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit)

 

Also required:  

CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

CHEM-132: Principles of Chemistry II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

PHYS-121: Principles of Physics I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

Choice of:

  • CHEM-215: Organic Chemistry I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
    OR
  • CHEM-202 Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Choice of:

  • MATH-201: Math for Management/Social Sci I (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-203: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-211: Calculus and Modern Analysis I (WOK: Problem Solving)

Choice of:

  • MATH-262: Probability and Statistics (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-227: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • PSYC-216: Quantitative Methods in Psychology (WOK: Problem Solving) 

Choice of at least one course from two or more* of the following areas:

Chemistry

  • CHEM-216: Organic Chemistry II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • CHEM-250: Introduction to Biochemistry

Math

  • MATH-202: Math for Management/Social Sci II (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-204: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-212: Calculus and Modern Analysis II (WOK: Problem Solving)

Physics

  • PHYS-122: Principles of Physics II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

* A course from each of the areas (CHEM, MATH, PHYS) is highly recommended


Sample Bachelor of Science: Biology Major/selected minor (declaration of minor not required for graduation):   

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan only, it is not meant to address each student’s individual requirements or interests. Students will develop a personalized academic plan with a faculty advisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of, register for, and successfully complete all of the requirements for graduation in the major.

 

 

Year One Fall 

14/15* 

Year Two Fall 

15 

Year Three Fall 

16 

Year Four Fall 

16/17* 

BIOL-111 (4 cr)
CHEM-131 (4 cr)
ENGL-101
Language-103
FYIN-100*
BIOL-201 (4 cr)
CHEM-215 or 202 (4 cr)
GLST-201
MATH-203 or alternative
PSPK-101 (1 cr)
BIOL-3XX elective
ETHS-201
PHYS-121 (4 cr)
Minor #1 (WOK) or elective
WOK or elective
BIOL-300 (4 cr) or WI
BIOL-4XX elective
RLST-2XX
Minor #3 or elective WOK or elective
FYIN-101*
       

Year One Spring 

14/15* 

Year Two Spring 

13/14* 

Year Three Spring 

17 

Year Four Spring 

15 

BIOL-112 (4 cr)
CHEM-132 (4 cr)
ILAR-101
RLST-104
PHED #1*
Swim Test*
BIOL-217 (4 cr)
CHEM/MATH/PHYS area
MATH-262 or alternative
BIOL-2XX elective
PHED #2*
BIOL-233 (4 cr)
BIOL-3XX elective
CHEM/MATH/PHYS area (4 cr)
Minor #2
WOK or elective
BIOL-498
BIOL-4XX elective
Minor #4 or elective
Minor #5 or elective
Minor #6 or elective

 

 

*Non-academic credit - these courses do not apply towards the minimum required for graduation.

Minimum Academic Credits required for graduation: 120 

 

Forensic Biology

Major in Forensic Biology – 72 credits minimum
New major Fall 2011. Courses are 3 credits unless indicated.

Required in the Major:  

  • BIOL-111: Principles of Biology I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • BIOL-112: Principles of Biology II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • BIOL-201: Cell Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIOL-217: Genetics (4 credits)
  • BIOL-300: Experimental Methods and Design (4 credits) (Writing Intensive)
  • BIOL-303: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)

Choice of:

  • BIOL-324: Microbiology (4 credits)
    OR
  • BIOL-410: Immunology (4 credits)

Choice of:

  • BIOL-351: Molecular Biology
    OR
  • BIOL-360: Biotechnology (approval pending)

BIOL-430: Forensic Pathology

BIOL-498: Senior Seminar in Biology

 

Also required:  

CHEM-106: Introduction to Forensic Science (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

CHEM-132: Principles of Chemistry II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

CHEM-215: Organic Chemistry I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

CHEM-241: Toxicology

CRJU-122: Introduction to Criminal Justice (WOK: Behavioral)

MATH-202: Math for Management/Social Sci II (WOK: Problem Solving)

PHYS-121: Principles of Physics I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

 

Choice of:

  • MATH-227: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-262: Probability and Statistics (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • PSYC-216: Quantitative Methods in Psychology (WOK: Problem Solving)

Recommended but not required:  

PHYS-122: Principles of Physics II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

 

Sample Bachelor of Science: Forensic Biology Major/selected minor (declaration of minor not required for graduation):
Please note that this is a suggested academic plan only, it is not meant to address each student’s individual requirements or interests. Students will develop a personalized academic plan with a faculty advisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of, register for, and successfully complete all of the requirements for graduation in the major.

 

 

Year One Fall 

14/15* 

Year Two Fall 

15/16* 

Year Three Fall 

16 

Year Four Fall 

16 

BIOL-111 (4 cr)
CHEM-131 (4 cr)
ENGL-101
Language-103
FYIN-100*
BIOL-201 (4 cr)
CHEM-106 (4 cr)
CHEM-215 (4 cr)
MATH-202
FYIN-101*
BIOL-300 (WI)
PHYS-121 (4 cr)
Minor #1
Minor #2
WOK or elective
BIOL-324 or 410 (4 cr)
BIOL-430
RLST-2XX
Minor #3
Minor #4
       

Year One Spring 

14/15* 

Year Two Spring 

15/16* 

Year Three Spring 

16 

Year Four Spring 

15 

BIOL-112 (4 cr)
CHEM-132 (4 cr)
ILAR-101
RLST-104
PHED #1*
Swim Test*
BIOL-203 (4 cr)
BIOL-217 (4 cr)
CRJU-122
GLST-201
PSPK-101 (1 cr)
PHED #2*
BIOL-303 (4 cr)
BIOL-351 or 360
CHEM-241
ETHS-201
MATH-227 or 262 or PSYC-216
BIOL-498
Minor #5
Minor #6
WOK or elective
WOK or elective

 

 

*Non-academic credit - these courses do not apply towards the minimum required for graduation.

Minimum Academic Credits required for graduation: 121 

 

Molecular Biology

Major in Molecular Biology – 65 credits minimum
Courses are 3 credits unless indicated.
Required in the Major:  

BIOL-111: Principles of Biology I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

BIOL-112: Principles of Biology II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

BIOL-201: Cell Biology (4 credits)

BIOL-217: Genetics (4 credits)

BIOL-351: Molecular Biology

BIOL-360: Biotechnology (approval pending)

Choice of:

  • BIOL-410: Immunology (4 credits)
    OR
  • BIOL-411: Developmental Biology (4 credits)

BIOL-498: Senior Seminar in Biology

One Biology 200-level course chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • BIOL-203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIOL-206: General Zoology (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • BIOL-210: Nutrition (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
  • BIOL-233: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL-281: Special Topics in Biology/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit)

One Biology 300-level course chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • BIOL-300: Experimental Methods and Design (4 credits) (Writing Intensive)
  • BIOL-303: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BIOL-312: Watersheds and Freshwater Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-322: Terrestrial Ecology(4 credits)
  • BIOL-324: Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-325: Marine Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-333: Evolution

One Biology 400-level course chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • BIOL-401: Internship in Biology (Repeatable for credit)
  • BIOL-405: Environmental Study Tour (4 credits)
  • BIOL-410: Immunology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-411: Developmental Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-412: Endocrinology
  • BIOL-413: Conservation and Restoration Biology
  • BIOL-481: Advanced Special Topics in Biology/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit)

Also required: 

CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

CHEM-132: Principles of Chemistry II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

PHYS-121: Principles of Physics I (4 credits)

Choice of:

  • CHEM-215: Organic Chemistry I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
    OR
  • CHEM-202: Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Choice of:

  • MATH-201: Math for Management/Social Sci I (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-203: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-211: Calculus and Modern Analysis I (WOK: Problem Solving)

Choice of:

  • MATH-227: Introduction to Probability and Statistics(WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-262: Probability and Statistics (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • PSYC-216: Quantitative Methods in Psychology (WOK: Problem Solving)

Choice of *:

  • MATH-202: Math for Management/Social Sci II (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-204: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-212: Calculus and Modern Analysis II (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • PHYS-122: Principles of Physics II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

* A course from each of the areas (MATH and PHYS) is highly recommended

Sample Bachelor of Science: Molecular Biology Major/selected minor (declaration of minor not required for graduation):
Please note that this is a suggested academic plan only, it is not meant to address each student’s individual requirements or interests. Students will develop a personalized academic plan with a faculty advisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of, register for, and successfully complete all of the requirements for graduation in the major.

 

 

Year One Fall 

14/15* 

Year Two Fall 

16/17* 

Year Three Fall 

16 

Year Four Fall 

16 

BIOL-111 (4 cr)
CHEM-131 (4 cr)
ENGL-101
Language-103
FYIN-100*
BIOL-201 (4 cr)
CHEM-215 or 202
ETHS-201
GLST-201
MATH-201, 203 or 211
FYIN-101*
BIOL-3XX elective
PHYS-121 (4 cr)
Minor #1
Minor #2
WOK or elective
BIOL-410 or 411 (4 cr)
RLST-2XX
Minor #3
Minor #4
WOK or elective (WI)
       

Year One Spring 

14/15* 

Year Two Spring 

14 

Year Three Spring 

15 

Year Four Spring 

15 

BIOL-112 (4 cr)
CHEM-132 (4 cr)
ILAR-101
RLST-104
PHED #1* Swim Test*
BIOL-217 (4 cr)
BIOL-2XX elective
PSPK-101 (1 cr)
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
PHED #2*
BIOL-351
BIOL-360
MATH-227 or 262 or PSYC-216
MATH/PHYS area
WOK or elective
BIOL-498
BIOL-4XX elective
Minor #5
Minor #6
WOK or elective

 

 

*Non-academic credit - these courses do not apply towards the minimum required for graduation.

Minimum Academic Credits required for graduation: 120 

 

Environmental Science

Major in Environmental Science – 72 credits minimum
Courses are 3 credits unless indicated.

Required in the Major:  

BIOL-111: Principles of Biology I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

BIOL-112: Principles of Biology II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

BIOL-201: Cell Biology (4 credits)

BIOL-206: General Zoology (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

BIOL-217: Genetics (4 credits)

BIOL-233: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (4 credits)

BIOL-312: Watersheds and Freshwater Ecology (4 credits)

BIOL-322: Terrestrial Ecology (4 credits)

BIOL-498: Senior Seminar in Biology

Choice of:

  • BIOL-325: Marine Biology (4 credits)
    OR
  • BIOL-333: Evolution

One Biology 300-level course chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • BIOL-300: Experimental Methods and Design (4 credits) (Writing Intensive)
  • BIOL-317: Special Methods in Biology 
  • BIOL-318: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BIOL-324: Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-325: Marine Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-333: Evolution
  • BIOL-351: Molecular Biology

One Biology 400-level courses chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • BIOL-401: Internship in Biology (Repeatable for credit)
  • BIOL-405: Environmental Study Tour (4 credits)
  • BIOL-410: Immunology (4 credits)
  • BIOL-412: Endocrinology
  • BIOL-413: Conservation and Restoration Biology
  • BIOL-481: Advanced Special Topics in Biology /Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit)

Also required:

CHEM-131: Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

CHEM-132: Principles of Chemistry II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

CHEM-242: Environmental Chemistry

PHYS-121: Principles of Physics I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

Choice of:

  • CHEM-202: Introduction to Organic Chemistry (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)
    OR
  • CHEM-215: Organic Chemistry I (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

Choice of:

  • MATH-201: Math for Management/Social Sci I (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-203: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-211: Calculus and Modern Analysis I (WOK: Problem Solving)

Choice of :

  • MATH-227: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-262: Probability and Statistics (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • PSYC-216: Quantitative Methods in Psychology (WOK: Problem Solving)

Choice of *:

  • MATH-202: Math for Management/Social Sci I (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH -204: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • MATH-212: Calculus and Modern Analysis II (WOK: Problem Solving)
    OR
  • PHYS-122: Principles of Physics II (4 credits) (WOK: Scientific)

 

* A course from each of the areas (MATH and PHYS) is highly recommended

 

Sample Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science Major/selected minor (declaration of minor not required for graduation):  

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan only, it is not meant to address each student’s individual requirements or interests. Students will develop a personalized academic plan with a faculty advisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of, register for, and successfully complete all of the requirements for graduation in the major.

 

 

Year One Fall 

14/15* 

Year Two Fall 

17/18* 

Year Three Fall 

17 

Year Four Fall 

14 

BIOL-111 (4 cr)
CHEM-131 (4 cr)
ENGL-101
Language-103
FYIN-100*
BIOL-201 (4 cr)
CHEM-202 or 215 (4 cr)
ETHS-201
GLST-201
MATH-201, 203 or 211
FYIN-101*
BIOL-322 (4 cr)
MATH-227/262 or PSYC-216
PHYS-121 (4 cr)
Minor #1 or elective (WOK)
WOK or elective (WI)
BIOL-4XX elective
BIOL-312 (4 cr)
CHEM-242
Minor #3 or elective
WOK or elective (1 cr)
       

Year One Spring 

14/15* 

Year Two Spring 

15/16* 

Year Three Spring 

16 

Year Four Spring 

13 

BIOL-112 (4 cr)
CHEM-132 (4 cr)
ILAR-101
RLST-104
PHED #1*
Swim Test*
BIOL-206 (4 cr)
BIOL-217 (4 cr)
BIOL-325 or 333
PSPK-101 (1 cr)
WOK or elective
PHED #2*
BIOL-233 (4 cr)
BIOL-3XX elective
RLST-2XX
Minor #2 or elective
MATH or PHYS area
BIOL-498
Minor #4 or elective
Minor #5 or elective
Minor #6 or elective
WOK or elective (1 cr)

 

 

*Non-academic credit - these courses do not apply towards the minimum required for graduation.

Minimum Academic Credits required for graduation:120