College of Arts & Sciences
Curriculum
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree
The Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) is intended for those students interested in pursuing careers in science and considering application to graduate programs in science or medicine. In addition to meeting the standards and requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, degree candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Biology must complete a minimum of 65 credits in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Honors Program
Students with particularly strong academic credentials and promise are encouraged to apply for the Biology Honors Program. This may be coordinated with the College Honors Program. In research courses (determined in consultation with a faculty adviser) leading to a senior thesis. All Biological Sciences faculty participate in the seminars and supervision of the students engaged in research. If senior thesis (BIOL 4186) is not completed, all accumulated honors credits count as free electives, not biology electives.

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Degree Requirements

BIOL 1201-1202
General Biology Organism/Cell

 8

BIOL 2211
Genetics

 4

BIOL 2229
Cell Biology

 4

BIOL 4199
Senior Biology Seminar

 3

BIOL xxxx
Elective courses in Biology

14

CHEM 1123-1124
General Chemistry I-II

6

CHEM 1125-1126 General Chemistry I and II Lab

2

CHEM 2321-2322
Organic Chemistry I-II

6

CHEM 2315-2316 Chemistry I and II Lab

2

MATH 1401
Calculus I

 4

and    
MATH 1411
Calculus II

 4

or    
MATH 2111
Statistics for Science Majors

 4

PHYS 1701-1702
General Physics I-II

 6

PHYS 1811-1812
Physics Laboratory I-II

 2


A Model 4-Year Plan for the B.S.  in Biology
First Year

  Fall Semester
 
BIOL 1201
General Biology/Organism

 4

CHEM 1123
General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 1125 General Chemistry Lab I

1

CORE 1101 Journey of Transformation

 3

CORE 1001 University Life

1

MATH 1015
Pre-Calculus Mathematic Algebra and Trigonometry

 4

or    
MATH 1401
Calculus I

 4


Spring Semester
 
BIOL 1202
General Biology/Cell

 4

CHEM 1124
General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 1126 General Chemistry II Lab

1

ENGL 1201
College English I

 3

MATH 1401
 
 
or  
 
MATH 1411
Calculus II

 4

or

 
MATH 2111
Statistics for Science Majors

 4


Second Year

  Fall Semester
 
BIOL 2211
Genetics

 4

CHEM 2321
Organic Chemistry

 3

CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

ENGL 1202 College English I

3

MATH 4111 Calculus II

 4

or    
MATH 1111
 

 4

or


Arts and Sciences Core

 3

  Spring Semester
 
BIOL 2229
Cell Biology

 4

CHEM 2322
Organic Chemistry II

 3

CHEM 2316 Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

CORE 2101 Christianity and Culture

 3

COST 1500 Foundations of Oral Rhetoric

2


Arts and Sciences Core*

3


Third Year

  Fall Semester
 
PHYS 1701
General Physics I

 3

PHYS 1811
Physics Laboratory I

 1

BIOL xxxx
Biology Elective

3-4


Arts and Sciences Core*

 3

General
Elective
 

 3

  Spring Semester
 
PHYS 1702
General Physics II

 3

PHYS 1812
General Physics Lab II

 1

BIOL xxxx
Biology Elective

3-4


Arts and Sciences Core*

6


or  

 General Elective

 3


Fourth Year

  Fall Semester
 
BIOL 4199***
Biology Senior Seminar

0-3

BIOL xxxx BIOL Elective

3-4

or    
BIOL xxxx
Any graduate level biology course*
 

Arts and Sciences Core *

 3


 General Electives

3

  Spring Semester
 
BIOL 4199***
Biology Senior Seminar

0-3

BIOL xxxx
Biology Elective

3-4

or
   
BIOL xxxx
Any graduate level biology course*
 

Arts and Sciences Core

3


General Electives

3-4


* Consult College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum for information about these courses.
**See Graduate Catalogue for course listings.
*** Seniors will take Biology Senior Seminar in the Fall if they expect to graduate in December. Approval from academic adviser and departmental chair is required.

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