A foundational understanding of the functions and evolution of diverse biological systems is a primary goal of the Biology major.

Students are introduced to living systems at various levels of complexity, from atoms to the biosphere, and they gain an understanding of the basic principles and assumptions of the scientific method. The importance of research and experimentation in biology is stressed throughout the curriculum, which includes both highly-experiential lab courses and research experiences. SScientific communication skills are emphasized in all biology courses. Students receive individualized advising to prepare them for careers in wildlife biology, health occupations, laboratory research, or teaching K-12.

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Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology
Students must take MATH 130 (Calculus I) to fulfill their General Education Math requirement.
LOWER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS Credits
BIOL 101, 105 Biology I and Lab 4
BIOL 102, 106 Biology II and Lab 4
CHEM 101, 105 Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 102, 106 Chemistry II and Lab 4
PHYS 201, 205 Physics I and Lab 4
PHYS 202, 206 Physics II and Lab 4
MATH 251 Statistics 4
Total Lower Division 28
UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS Credits
BIOL 471 Research Methods in Biology 2-3
BIOL 390 or 481 Internship or Senior Research Project 1-6
SELECT FIVE 20
CHEM 311, 315 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 312, 316 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
BIOL 301, 305 Animal Behavior and Lab
BIOL 331, 335 Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
BIOL 332, 336 Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
BIOL 341, 345 Microbiology and Lab
BIOL 381, 385 Ecology and Lab
BIOL 410, 415 Genetics and Lab
BIOL 421, 425 Ecology of Aquatic Systems and Lab
SELECT TWO 6
BIOL 350 Embryology and Dev. Biology
BIOL 361 Evolution and Paleontology
CHEM 471 Biochemistry
MATH 351 Biological Statistics
Elective within major
Internship or research project
Total Upper Division 29-35
Total Science and Technology 57-63
CORE requirements 31
Electives Up to 32
TOTAL (At least 42 credits must be upper division) 120