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Curriculum

B.S. in Biology Total Credits
121-125 crs.

General Education Requirements
61 crs.
Common Core
12 crs.
ENG110 College Writing
3 crs.
ENG130 Literature and Composition
3 crs.
COM107 Introduction to Communications
3 crs.
CIS112 Introduction to Computing
3 crs.
Liberal Arts*
24 crs.
History Elective
3 crs.
Ethics Elective
3 crs.
Social Science Elective*
3 crs.
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective
3 crs.
Elective
3 crs.
Elective
3 crs.
Elective
3 crs.
Elective
3 crs.
Math
6 crs.
MAT171 Calculus I or higher
3 crs.
MAT220 Statistics I
3 crs.
Science
4 crs.
BIO143/BIO143L General Biology I & Lab
4 crs.
Open Electives**
15 crs.
Electives
15 crs.

Leadership Core
3 crs.
LCS105 Elements of Organizations
3 crs.

Major, Core and Concentrations
51-55 crs.
Designated Writing Course
3 crs.
SCI315 Writing in the Sciences
3 crs.
Science Core
20 crs.
BIO144/BIO144L General Biology II & Lab
4 crs.
CHM115/CHM115L General Chemistry I & Lab
4 crs.
CHM116/CHM116L General Chemistry II & Lab
4 crs.
PHY115/PHY115L Physics I & Lab
4 crs.
PHY116/PHY116L Physics II & Lab
4 crs.
Major Core
22-24 crs.
BIO306 Genetics
3 crs.
BIO311/BIO311L Cell Biology & Lab
4 crs.
BIO313 Biochemistry
3 crs.
TWO of the following courses:
8 crs.
BIO203/BIO203L Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab
4 crs.
BIO204/BIO204L Anatomy& Physiology II & Lab
4 crs.
BIO230/BIO230L Microbiology & Lab
4 crs.
BIO235/BIO235L Zoology & Lab
4 crs.
ONE of the following courses:
3 crs.
BIO310 Developmental Biology
3 crs.
BIO320 Evolution
3 crs.
BIO360 Ecology
3 crs.
ONE of the following courses:
1-3 crs.
BIO435 Independent Study
1-3 crs
BIO498 Internship
1-3 crs
Directed Electives
6-8 crs.
200-400 Level Elective
3-4 crs.
300-400 Level Elective
3-4 crs.

COLLEGE TO CAREER CORE
6 crs.
CTC101 College Success Seminar
3 crs.
CTC301 Professional Success Seminar
3crs.

*PSY101 Introduction to Psychology and SOC101 Introduction to Sociology strongly recommended.
**CHM205/CHM205L Organic Chemistry I with Lab and CHM206/CHM206L Organic Chemistry II with Lab strongly recommended for Pre-Health Track.


Pre-Health Tracks are available for interested students. Pre-Health Tracks such as pre-med and pre-vet are designed to assist students who seek admission into medical, veterinary, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, physician assistant, physical therapy, and related health professional schools after graduation. They are recommended courses that may or may not already be required by their degree program.

The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website. 

For full course descriptions please refer to the University Catalog for the current Academic Year.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will communicate effectively and professionally using current scientific conventions

  • Students will demonstrate effective collaboration skills

  • Students will develop creative and innovative solutions to biological problems

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking to evaluate scientific evidence

  • Students will apply scientific and quantitative reasoning to describe or explain biological phenomena

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the process of scientific inquiry

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic physical and chemical principles and their applications to the understanding of living systems

  • Students will examine, apply, and integrate core principles of biology including the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, organismal biology, ecology, and evolution

  • Students will evaluate the ethical, psychosocial, political, and economic implications of biodiversity, biological research, and biotechnology