B.S. in Biology
Students are introduced to living systems at various levels of complexity, from atoms to the biosphere. Evolution provides a framework for examining questions, hypotheses, and predictions. Upper division choices to allow students to pursue their interests, so one student may choose health career pre-requisites (organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and biochemistry), another wildlife biology courses (ecology, animal behavior, genetics, conservation biology).
The importance of research and experimentation in biology is stressed throughout the curriculum. Students explore the basic principles and assumptions of the scientific method, then practice them in highly-experiential lab courses and research experiences.
Beaver behavior research for a comparison of beavers & elephants as “animal engineers”
In the lab
Studying crayfish migration patterns at Hidden Beach, Lake Tahoe
Biology majors graduate qualified for advanced degree programs and careers in wildlife biology, health occupations, laboratory research, or teaching K-12. In addition to all of the foundational science and math courses that graduate schools look for, they have ample experience conducting research and field work, and using professional statistical tools and lab equipment.
Recent graduates have continued on to post-graduate programs in Medicine (MD), Laboratory Management, Epidemiology, Biological Statistics, Biotechnology, and Nursing.
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Students must take MATH 130 (Calculus I) to fulfill their General Education Math requirement.
|BIOL 101,105||Biology l and Lab||4|
|BIOL 102,106||Biology ll and Lab||4|
|CHEM 101,105||Chemistry l and Lab||4|
|CHEM 102, 106||Chemistry ll and Lab||4|
|PHYS 201, 205||Physics l and Lab||4|
|PHYS 201, 205||Physics ll and Lab||4|
|BIOL 471||Research Methods in Biology||3|
|BIOL 390 OR 481||Internship or Senior Research in Biology||3|
|MATH 351||Biological Statistics||3|
|Electives with Lab – Select five||20|
|CHEM 311, 315||Organic Chemistry l and Lab|
|CHEM 312, 316||Organic Chemistry ll and Lab|
|BIOL 301, 305||Animal Behavior and Lab|
|BIOL 331, 335||Anatomy and Physiology l and Lab|
|BIOL 332, 336||Anatomy and Physiology ll and Lab|
|BIOL 341, 345||Microbiology and Lab|
|BIOL 381, 385||Ecology and Lab|
|BIOL 421, 425||Ecology of Aquatic Systems and Lab|
|BIOL 410, 415||Genetics and Lab|
|Electives – Select one||3|
|BIOL 361||Evolution and Paleontology|
|BIOL Field Course|
|Elective within major|
|Total Upper Division Credits||32|