Biology B.S.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy for university requirements of the program. Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Students must complete at least 120 hours, and this must be considered when scheduling upper-level hours in the senior year.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)3  
Select one of the following (Satisfies General Education Outcome 2.1):13-4  
MATH 1213 Plane Trigonometry (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1203)
MATH 1284C Precalculus Mathematics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1305)
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)2
BIOL 1584 Biology for Majors (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4)4  
Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4:
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab)
4  
Select one of the following from U.S. History or Govenment or Fine Arts State Minimum Core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 4.2 or 3.1):33  
HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113)
HIST 2013 History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123)
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)
State Minimum Core Fine Arts3
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)  3
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)2
or MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505)
  4
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab)
  4
Select one of the following (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.1 or 4.2):  3
State Minimum Core Fine Arts3
or State Minimum Core U.S. History or Government from
HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113)
HIST 2013 History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123)
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)
General Elective  1
Year Total: 17 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
BIOL 2533 Cell Biology (BIOL 2531L optional)23-4  
CHEM 3603 Organic Chemistry I
& CHEM 3601L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory2,4
4  
State Minimum Core Social Sciences (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3) or PHIL Requirement5,63  
BIOL Lab Course or Approved BIOL-related Elective 2000-level or Above4  
BIOL 2323 General Genetics
& BIOL 2321L General Genetics Laboratory2
  4
CHEM 3613 Organic Chemistry II
& CHEM 3611L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory2,4
  4
State Minimum Core Social Sciences (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)5  3
PHIL Requirement or State Minimum Core Social Sciences (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3) (as needed)6,5  3
General Elective (Select a course which satisfies General Education Outcome 4.1)7  3
Year Total: 15 17
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
BIOL 3023 Evolutionary Biology2,43  
CHEM 3813 Elements of Biochemistry2,43  
Select one of the following:4  
PHYS 2013 College Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lecture)
& PHYS 2011L College Physics I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lab)2
   
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034)
State Minimum Core Humanities (if needed) or Social Sciences (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.2 & 5.1 or 3.3)8,53  
State Minimum Core Social Sciences (as needed) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3) or General Elective 53  
Select one of the following:  3-4
BIOL 3023 Evolutionary Biology (if still needed)2,4
BIOL 3000-4000 Level Elective2,4
BIOL 3863 General Ecology (BIOL 3861L optional)2,4  3-4
Select one of the following:  4
PHYS 2033 College Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lecture)
& PHYS 2031L College Physics II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lab)2
   
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture)2
BIOL Lab Course 2000-level or Above   4
Year Total: 16 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
BIOL 3000-4000 Level Elective2,43-4  
BIOL 4000 Level Elective2,43-4  
General Elective 3  
STAT 2823 Biostatistics
or STAT 3003/3001L Statistical Methods
3  
General Elective (Select a course which satisfies General Education Outcome 1.2)93  
BIOL 3000-4000 Level Elective2,4  3
BIOL 4000 Level Elective2,4  3-4
BIOL 4000 Level Elective2,4  3-4
General Elective   1-3
Year Total: 15 10
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Learning Objective 6.1:  Biology Capstone Experience                                                                                             1-4
Biology Capstone Experience and the Fulbright College writing requirement may be met by one of the following:

  1. Completion of an Honors research project and preparation of a thesis (BIOL 499VH): Students will prepare an honors thesis on original research and an oral presentation of the research to an Honors defense committee followed by defense. Students using this approach will satisfy General Education outcome 1.2 and partially satisfy General Education outcome 6.1 (additional requirement below).
    or
  2. Completion of a senior thesis (BIOL 498V) supervised by a faculty member in Biological Sciences following the guidelines defined by the Department of Biological Sciences. Students must enroll in BIOL 498V with the supervising faculty member in the semester they are preparing the thesis. Students using this approach will partially satisfy General Education outcome 6.1 (additional requirement below).

and

  1. In addition to one of the above: All Biology majors, Honors and non-Honors, must complete and submit a 1250 word document demonstrating at least three of the five skills and abilities listed below that were used in their Capstone Experience.  In completing the document, students should reflect on the skills and abilities gained through Learning outcomes 1 through 5 and how these were utilized in completing the integrative project (To complete General Education outcome 6.1).
    1. Written, oral, and/or multimodal communication abilities
    2. Quantitative literacy
    3. Characteristics of inquiry and action in the major and in one of the Learning Outcomes under Goal 3 besides the disciplinary area of the major
    4. Diversity awareness and/or intercultural competency
    5. Critical thinking and/or ethical reasoning