Catalog 2010-2012

Biology (B.S.)

The B.S. Biology major requires a minimum of 126 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 126 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.

The Bachelor of Science Biology major is designed to prepare students for careers in areas which require a higher degree of concentration in subject matter and cognate areas, particularly advanced-level courses. This degree is especially appropriate for students planning graduate study. In order to ensure graduation within eight semesters, students should work with advisors early in their programs, as advanced planning for sequenced courses is very important.



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

  Biology: 840:157; 840:190 (2-3 hrs.).....5-6 hours

  Cognate courses:

    Mathematics: 800:060.....4 hours

    Chemistry and Biochemistry: 860:044 and 860:048***; 860:120; 860:121; 860:123.....16 hours

    Physics: 880:054; 880:056.....8 hours

Electives in biology#: (100/3000-level or above, excluding 840:101) or 800:061 or 860:154.....19-20 hours

68 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.