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. Scientific 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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Lower Division

Students must take MATH 130 (Calculus I) to fulfill their General Education Math requirement.

BIOL 101,105Biology l and Lab4
BIOL 102,106Biology ll and Lab4
CHEM 101,105Chemistry l and Lab4
CHEM 102, 106Chemistry ll and Lab4
PHYS 201, 205Physics l and Lab4
PHYS 201, 205Physics ll and Lab4
MATH 251Statistics4
Total Credits28
Upper Division
BIOL 471Research Methods in Biology2 or 3
BIOL 390 OR 481Internship or Senior Research in Biology1+
MATH 351Biological Statistics3
Total Credits6+
Electives with Lab – Select five
CHEM 311, 315Organic Chemistry l and Lab
CHEM 312, 316Organic Chemistry ll and Lab
BIOL 301, 305Animal Behavior and Lab
BIOL 331, 335Anatomy and Physiology l and Lab
BIOL 332, 336Anatomy and Physiology ll and Lab
BIOL 341, 345Microbiology and Lab
BIOL 381, 385Ecology and Lab
BIOL 421, 425Ecology of Aquatic Systems and Lab
BIOL 410, 415Genetics and Lab
Total Credits20
Electives – Select one
BIOL 361Evolution and Paleontology
CHEM 471Biochemistry
Elective within major
Total Credits3
Total Upper Division Credits29+

*Requirements listed above are based off the 2014-2015 Catalog, for other information check past catalogs or graduation requirements.