Major in Biology, BS (Non-teaching)

Biology Core (15-20 credits):
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
BIO 200 Integrative Biology 4
BIO 290 Biology Research Experience I 2
BIO 390 Biology Research Experience II 1
or    
BIO 391 Internship in Biology 1-6

General Biology (32 total credits in biology required)

Biology core, plus 12-17 credits of any other 200-level or higher BIO or BMS courses. Please note that upper-level BMS courses require BMS 201, which can count as an elective in the general biology major. Other electives may be approved at the discretion of the department chair.

Related Requirements (28-30 credits):

MATH 124 Applied Calculus with Trigonometry 4
or    
MATH 152 Calculus I 4
or    
MATH 125 Applied Calculus 3
and    
MATH 115 Trigonometry 3
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
and    
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
or    
PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
and    
PHYS 126 University Physics II 4
This program includes consideration of all the major concepts and areas of biology. Students are encouraged to see connections in biological processes from the standpoint of all sciences. Students may select different courses to build on the knowledge gained in their first and second years of study and design a biology curriculum that suits their interests. With this degree, students may enter careers in research, health-related fields, industry, or graduate study in biology.
Specialization in Ecology, Biodiversity, and Evolutionary Biology (32 total credits in biology)

Biology core, plus 12-17 credits as follows:

One of the following:

BIO 402 Evolutionary & Ecological Genetics 3
BIO 405 Ecology 4
BIO 434 Ecology of Inland Waters 4
BIO 440 Evolution 3
BIO 480 Animal Behavior 3

And one of the following:

BIO 315 Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 326 Mushrooms, Mosses & More 4
BIO 327 Vascular Plants 4
BIO 420 Ornithology 4
BIO 421 Marine Invertebrate Biology 4
BIO 425 Aquatic Plant Biology 4
BIO 444 Plant Taxonomy 3
BIO 469 Entomology 4

And any advanced courses in the E/B/E Group

E/B/E Group

BIO 230 Natural History 2
BIO 402 Evolutionary & Ecological Genetics 3
BIO 315 Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 326 Mushrooms, Mosses, & More 4
BIO 327 Vascular Plants 4
BIO 405 Ecology 4
BIO 410 Ecological Physiology 4
BIO 420 Ornithology 4
BIO 421 Marine Invertebrate Biology 4
BIO 425 Aquatic Plant Biology 4
BIO 434 Ecology of Inland Waters 4
BIO 436 Environmental Resources and Management 3
BIO 438 Aquatic Pollution 4
BIO 440 Evolution 3
BIO 444 Plant Taxonomy 3
BIO 469 Entomology 4
BIO 470 Field Studies in Biology 1-4
BIO 471 International Field Studies in Biology 1-4
BIO 480 Animal Behavior 3
BIO 488 Animal Behavior Laboratory 2
BIO 489 Vertebrate Dissection 2
BIO 490** Topics in Biology 3-4
BIO 491** Advanced Studies in Biology 1-3
BIO 499** Undergraduate Thesis in Biology 1
     
**with a topic focus approved by the E/B/E faculty advisor

Related Requirements (28-30 credits):

MATH 124 Applied Calculus with Trigonometry 4
or    
MATH 152 Calculus I 4
or    
MATH 125 Applied Calculus 3
and    
MATH 115 Trigonometry 3
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
and    
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
or    
PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
and    
PHYS 126 University Physics II 4

This specialization emphasizes ecological and evolutionary processes integrated with study of organismal diversity. Students will develop an understanding of the processes that influence relationships among organisms and interactions with their environments through selected courses and individual research projects. This program will prepare students for careers with government agencies (e.g., conservation, fisheries, wildlife management, forestry), nongovernmental organizations, environmental education groups, and the environmental industry. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate studies in fields such as ecology, evolution, animal behavior, natural resources management, or marine and aquatic biology.

Specialization in Environmental Science (32 total credits in biology required)

Biology core, plus 12-17 credits as follows :

BIO 436 Environmental Resources and Management 3
or    
BIO 438 Aquatic Pollution 4
     
One of the following:  
BIO 315 Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 326 Mushrooms, Mosses & More 4
BIO 327 Vascular Plants 4
BIO 420 Ornithology 4
BIO 421 Marine Invertebrate Biology 4
BIO 425 Aquatic Plant Biology 4
BIO 444 Plant Taxonomy 3
     
One of the following:  
BIO 331 Neurobiology 4
BIO 410 Ecological Physiology 4
BIO 412 Human Physiology 3
and    
BIO 413 Human Physiology Lab 1
BIO 449 Plant Physiology 3
and    
BIO 450 Investigations in Plant Physiology 1
BIO 405 Ecology 4
or    
BIO 434 Ecology of Inland Waters 4
BIO electives to complete 32 credits    
     
Related Requirements (38-41 credits):  
MATH 124 Applied Calculus with Trigonometry 4
or    
MATH 152 Calculus I 4
or    
MATH 125 Applied Calculus 3
and    
MATH 115 Trigonometry 3
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 301 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 406 Environmental Chemistry 3
ESCI 121 Physical Geology 4
or    
ESCI 450 Environmental Geology 3
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
and    
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
or    
PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
and    
PHYS 126 University Physics II 4

This specialization offers students a strong biology core curriculum and added multidisciplinary strengths in environmental science. The program provides students with a foundation in organismal biology, ecology, environmental chemistry, earth science, and environmental management in order to give an understanding of environmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. The program has particular strengths in plant and animal organismal biology and aquatic (freshwater and estuarine) ecology. The specialization prepares students for careers in environmental science and natural resource management with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the environmental industry, or for graduate studies in these areas.

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