Catalog 2010-2012

Biology (B.A.)

The B.A. Biology major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements (pages xxx-xxx) and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.

This major provides a broad training in biology but allows different specializations through choice of electives. Students who select this major to prepare themselves for graduate study in the biological sciences should consult with their advisor for elective courses.



  Introductory track: 840:051; 840:052; 840:100**; 840:140**.....15 hours

  Cognate courses:

    Mathematics: 800:046 or 800:060 or 800:044 and 800:056.....4-5 hours

    Chemistry and Biochemistry: 860:044 and 860:048***; 860:120 and 860:121 or 860:063.....12-13 hours

    Earth Science: 870:031; 870:035 or Physics: 880:054; 880:056.....8 hours

Electives in biology#: (100/3000-level or above, excluding 840:101) or 860:123 or 860:154.....17-19 hours

58 hours


*At least 7-8 hours of biology credit must be 100g/4000-level.

**840:100 and 840:140 are not required as prerequisites for 100/3000-level courses.

***Students with excellent preparation in chemistry may substitute 860:070 plus 3 additional credit hours of biology electives for 860:044 and 860:048.

#Not more than four (4) semester hours of credit from 840:179, 840:185, 840:190 and 840:198 will be accepted for biology elective credit.


Emphasis-Honors Research

Students invited to do Honors Research will complete 4 credit hours of 840:190 (Undergraduate Research) and 1 credit hour of 840:191 (Senior Thesis). These hours may be applied to the elective hours of the major.