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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Lower Division

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
MATH 251 Statistics 4
Total Credits 28
Upper Division
BIOL 471 Research Methods in Biology 2 or 3
BIOL 390 OR 481 Internship or Senior Research in Biology 1+
MATH 351 Biological Statistics 3
Total Credits 6+
Electives with Lab – Select five
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
Total Credits 20
Electives – Select one
BIOL 361 Evolution and Paleontology
CHEM 471 Biochemistry
Elective within major
Total Credits 3
Total Upper Division Credits 29+

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