The Undergraduate Biology Program serves both majors and non-majors students. The Program prepares majors to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and values that will enable them to succeed in biological jobs, to enter graduate, medical, or other professional schools, and to contribute to their communities. Course goals reinforce and expand General Education goals, especially for Essential Skills (communication and quantitative skills) and Regional Studies. Biology majors have opportunities for undergraduate research experiences through laboratory classes, work as lab technicians, independent study projects, and guided original research. For non-majors, the Program provides courses for Nursing, Agriculture, and HPERD, assists the Education Program in training science teachers, and enables students to meet The Sciences goals of General Education. In support of its mission, the Biology unit encourages faculty capacity building in teaching-learning, assessment, research, and service. Mentoring assists students and faculty to achieve their potential.
BS Biology goals include the following:
The program begins with students taking in their first year BI100-100L (Environmental Biology lecture & lab) in Fall followed by BI157-157L (Principles of Biology I lecture & lab in Spring. In Fall of the second year students take BI158-158L (Principles of Biology II lecture & lab) along with BI315-315L (Genetics lecture & lab). Students considering majoring in Biology should meet with biology faculty for advising as early as possible in their college years. Biology majors must have a "C" or better in all courses required for the major.
Required Courses (40 credit hours): BI100-100L; BI157-157L; BI158-158L; BI310; BI315-315L; any one organismal course lecture and lab pair (BI 225-225L or BI 302-302L or BI 303-303L or BI 333-333L or BI 365-365L); BI 320, BI321, BI410, BI 412-412L, and BI 416-416L.
Electives: Minimum of Twelve (12) credit hours in upper division Biosciences.
Related Area Required Courses (30-36 credit hours): CH102-102L, CH103-103L, CH310a-b, CH311, CH312, MA203, PH210, PH211, PH251 and PH252 or their equivalents.
Required Courses: BI157-157L, BI158-158L, BI302-302L, BI303-303L, CH102-102L, CH103-CH103L and either MA161a-b or MA151 and 161a, or their equivalents.