BS Biology

 

Biological Sciences: Programs of Study: B.S. in Biology
The B.S. degree in Biology provides students with a solid foundation in the biological sciences, and prepares students for a broad range of future careers. Students will work closely with advisors to plan their course work as they seek to achieve their career goals.
 
There are two concentration options within the B.S. in Biology curriculum, the Biological Sciences concentration and the Applied Biology concentration. These concentrations share a common core group of required Biological Science courses, but differ in regards to Biological Science elective courses and required Chemistry courses. The Applied Biology concentration includes greater flexibility in selecting Biological Science and other science elective courses, and is often an appropriate choice for students seeking employment directly following graduation with the B.S. degree. The Biological Sciences concentration is generally recommended for those students planning to seek admission to medical, dental, or certain other health-related programs following graduation. The Biological Sciences concentration is also generally recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Biology, or other related fields. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their career goals with their advisor so they will select the concentration that will best prepare them to achieve those goals.
 
To graduate with the B.S. in Biology, students must earn a grade of C or better in all Biological Sciences (BISC) courses counted towards graduation requirements.

Biology Curriculum (B.S.)
Freshman Year
Biological Sciences 130, 131, 132, 133, 260
12
Chemistry 100, 101, 102, 103, 104  
 8 
English 101, 102
 6
Communications 101
 3
Mathematics 100 or 101
 3
Total
32
Sophomore Year
English 210, 211, or 212
 3
Mathematics 112
 3
Physics 209, 210, 261, 262
 8
Concentration Courses*
16
Total
30
Junior Year
Biological Sciences 310, 315, 320 
 9
English 303
 3
History Elective
 3
Social Science
 3 
Statistics 200 or Agricultural Science 320
 3
Concentration Courses*
 9
Total
30
Senior Year
Fine Arts Elective
 3
Biological Sciences 313, 480
 4
Social Science Elective
 3
Concentration Courses*
13
Electives
 5
Total
28
  TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS
120
Biological Sciences Concentration Directed Electives
This concentration is designed for students wishing to enter a variety of careers including graduate work at universities, medical school, dental school, occupational therapy, physical therapy, optometry, and podiatry. The course work satisfies the course requirements for entrance into most medical and dental schools. This concentration allows direct employment in research, technical sales, state and federal agencies and environmental assessment companies to name a few.

Freshman Year:

 
None
Sophomore Year:
Biological Sciences Electives ** (8);
Chemistry 250, 251, 252, 253, 254 (8)
Junior Year:
Biological Sciences Elective** (1); Chemistry 351, 352, 353, 354 (8)
Senior Year:
Biological Sciences Electives* (13)

 

** At least 12 hours of BISC electives must be at the 300/400 level.
Applied Biology Concentration Directed Electives
(Does not meet the minimum requirements for admission to medical or dental school.)

Freshman Year:

 
None
Sophomore Year:
Biological Sciences 225, 227 (6);
Biological Sciences Electives** (3); Science Electives (7)
Junior Year:
Biological Sciences Elective** (3); Science Electives (6).
Senior Year:
Biological Sciences  Electives** (7); Science Electives (6)

 

** At least 10 hours of BISC electives must be at the 300/400 level.