The Biology major prepares you for employment in a broad spectrum of scientific and academic careers, or for graduate-level training in biology.
You have passion for science, and you're eager to build a strong foundation for a bright professional future.
As a biology major, you will gain scientific literacy and a broad knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and their interrelationships. Develop critical thinking and scientific inquiry skills, and explore the application of science to social issues while preparing for your future careers and learning.
The biology major consists of core classes that focus on the theory and methodology of the discipline. The classes provide a strong foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Student research is built into the program and provides you with invaluable experience working in the field.
You can build upon your core courses with electives in areas that pique your interests. You will also get out of the classroom and into the real world through internships, environmental field research, and optional study abroad experiences to remote tropical environments. If you plan to pursue graduate study in the biological sciences, we recommend this program's advanced track.
Biology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes will be demonstrated in several ways, including course projects, a portfolio, reflective exercises, critical reading commentary, exams and other assignments, or co-curricular activities.
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division (NSM)
Biology Major – Bachelor of Arts (5/16/14)
48-50 credits (42-44 credits for Education majors)
I. Required Core BIOLOGY (20-22 CREDITS) _
CBIOL 1101 Biology I with Lab 4
CBIOL 2101 Biology II with Lab 4
CBIOL 2211 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
CBIOL 2505 Ecology with Lab 4
CBIOL 2202 Genetics and Ethics 3
Choose ONE of the following three
CBIOL 3100 Animal Behavior with Lab 4
CBIOL 3210 Evolution and the History of Life 3
CBIOL 2205 Botany with Lab 4
Elective choice of one additional
course** (see list below) 3-4
II. REQUIRED CORE CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS,
MATHEMATICS(15 CREDITS) ________________
CPHYS 1308 General Chemistry 1 with Lab (waived w/AP≥4) 4
CPHYS 2210 Conceptual Physics with Lab (waived w/ AP ≥4) 4
CPHYS 2308 Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab 4
CMATH 3522 Inferential Statistics 3
III. REQUIRED RESEARCH CAPSTONE ____________________________
CNSCI 3540 Directed Science Research Capstone 3
IV. INTERNSHIP/EXPERIENTIAL (NOT required of Education
CNSCI 4100 Research Internship and Seminar 6
B.A. in Biology: Prepares students for entry into professional programs or for
certification courses (e.g., environmental, pharmaceutical, biotechnology),
interdisciplinary graduate programs (e.g., public health, natural resources),
or to teach at the primary, middle (Earth Science also required), or secondary
levels. The B.A. in Biology can be combined with other majors and minors
(Education, Global Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Communications,
Management, Marketing, Creative Writing, Design, etc.).
All Biology majors must take
CBIOL 1101 Biology with Lab (waived w/ AP ≥4) to fulfill the liberal arts
foundation education science requirement and CMATH 2142 Introductory Statistics
to fulfill the liberal arts mathematics requirement. Students must take CNSCI
4550 in the Fall semester of their junior or senior year. The research
internship course CNSCI 4100 can be taken in junior or senior year. Students
interested in Tropical Biology can integrate CNSCI 2120 Field Experiences in
**Notes for Education majors:
Education majors are exempt from
the Internship Component of this major.
In this course, students will build upon the material from Biology I, by examining the underlying processes and emerging properties of living systems, and applying that understanding in laboratory and field work. Topics to be covered include the molecular basis of biological reactions; biology of the cell; plant systems; animal systems; metabolism; reproduction; genetics; evolution; and populations and ecosystems.
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