Biology Major & Minor

The biology major assists students to achieve a broad-based education in the life sciences, which emphasize the various biological principles related to structural, functional, taxonomical and ecological phenomena. It provides a rich understanding of the natural world—knowledge worth having for its own sake and for the perspective it brings to one’s life.

Learning Objectives

The biology faculty expects biology major students to:

  1. Learn molecular/cellular, genetic, organismal, and ecological principles of biology including historical perspectives and current trends. (Biological Principles)
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the areas of evaluation of experimental design and in the interpretation of experimental results. (Experimentation)
  3. Demonstrate laboratory skills in the areas of experimental procedure and use of equipment. (Laboratory Skills)
  4. Apply effective oral and written communication skills. (Communication)

Program Coordinator: Richard Gardner, Ph.D.

Major Requirements (44 credit hours)

Major Core (36 credit hours):

BIO 201 General Biology I (GE) (4)
BIO 202 General Biology II (4)
BIO 211 General Botany (GE) (4)
BIO 212 General Zoology (GE) (4)
BIO 340 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4)
BIO 345 Cell Biology (3)
BIO 360 General Ecology (3)
BIO 497 Senior Paper Research (1)
BIO 498 Senior Paper (1)
CHE 201 General Chemistry I (GE) (4)
CHE 202 General Chemistry II (4)

Major Electives: at least 8 credit hours from among the following:

BIO 228 Human Anatomy (GE) (4)
BIO 310 Parasitology (4)
BIO 312 Microbiology (3)
BIO 315 Medical Entomology (3)
BIO 328 Human Physiology (4)
BIO 338 Endocrinology (3)
BIO 347 Evolution (3)
BIO 350 Developmental Biology (3)
BIO 375R Topics in Biology (Var.)
BIO 385R Directed Study (Var.)
BIO 399 Internship/Practicum (1-3)
CHE 383 Biochemistry (3)

Although not required, MAT 221, PHY 201, and PHY 202 are strongly recommended for the biology major.

Minor Requirements (21 credit hours)

Minor Core (15 credit hours):

BIO 201 General Biology I (GE) (4)
BIO 202 General Biology II (4)
BIO 340 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4)
BIO 345 Cell Biology (3)

Minor Electives: an additional 6 credit hours of biology courses (BIO) from among the biology major core or electives.