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Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Requirements

Biology Core 19-21 credits
BIOL 12100 (Diversity, Ecology, and Behavior) (2 cr.); BIOL 13100 (Development, Structure and Function of Organisms) (3 cr.); BIOL 13500 (First-Year Biology Lab) (2 cr.) or BIOL 14501 (First-Year Lab New Research Project) (2 cr.) or BIOL 14502 (First-Year Lab Micro-Research Project) (2 cr.) or IT 22600 (Biology Lab 1) (2 cr.); BIOL 23200 (Laboratory in Cell Structure and Function) (2 cr.); BIOL 24100 (Genetics and Molecular Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 24200 (Laboratory in Genetics and Molecular Biology) (2 cr.); BIOL 28600 (Ecology and Evolution) (2 cr.) 19 cr.
Intermediate-Level Biology*  

One of:
BIOL 32800 (Principles of Physiology) (4 cr.); or BIOL 36600 (Principles of Development) (4 cr.); or BIOL 39500 (Macromolecules) (3 cr.); or both BIOL 43800 (General Microbiology) (3 cr.) and BIOL 43900 (Laboratory in General Microbiology) (2 cr.)

Some majors specify which option you may/must complete. See individual biology majors.

3-5 cr.
Upper-Level Biology 15-27 credits
Each student majoring in biology is required to select additional credit hours of upper-division biology courses beyond the core. Courses that can be selected are determined by the individual major and areas in which the student is interested.  
Science Requirements* 25-35 credits
One of the following two sequences:
a. CHM 11500 (General Chemistry) (4 cr.) and CHM 11600 (General Chemistry) (4 cr.)
b. CHM 12500 (Introduction to Chemistry I) (5 cr.) and CHM 12600 (Introduction to Chemistry II) (5 cr.)
8-10 cr.
One of the following three sequences:
a. CHM 25500 (Organic Chemistry) (3 cr.) and CHM 25501 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (1 cr.); and CHM 25600 (Organic Chemistry) (3 cr.) and CHM 25601 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (1 cr.)
b. CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry) (4 cr.) and 25701 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (1 cr.); and either CHM 33300 (Principles of Biochemistry) (3 cr.) or BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry) (3 cr.)
c. CHM 26505 (Organic Chemistry) (3 cr.) and CHM 26605 (Organic Chemistry) (3 cr.); and CHM 26300 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (1 cr.) and CHM 26400 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (1 cr.)
8 cr.
Plus one of the following:
BCHM 22100 (Analytical Biochemistry) (3 cr.); BCHM 56100 (General Biochemistry) (3 cr.); CHM 22400 (Quantitative Analysis) (4 cr.); CHM 32100 (Analytical Chemistry) (4 cr.); CHM 37200 (Physical Chemistry) (4 cr.); CHM 37300 (Physical Chemistry) (3 cr.); CHM 53300 (Biochemistry) (3 cr.)
3-4 cr.
PHYS 22000 (General Physics) (4 cr.) and PHYS 22100 (General Physics) (4 cr.); or PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) (4 cr.) and select one of the following:

a. PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics) (3 cr.); PHYS 25200 (Electricity and Optics Laboratory) (1 cr.), 8-9 cr.
b. PHYS 27200 (Electric and Magnetic Interactions) (4 cr.)

 

 

8 cr.

For specific chemistry sequences and additional requirements, see individual biology majors.

For specific physics sequences and additional requirements, see individual biology majors.
 
Mathematics Requirements* 12-14 credits
Select one of the following:
a. MA 23100 (Calculus for Life Sciences I) (3 cr.) and MA 23200 (Calculus for Life Sciences II) (3 cr.)
b. MA 16100 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (4 cr.) and MA 16200 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (5 cr.)
c. MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (4 cr.) and MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (4 cr.)
d. MA 17300 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry II) (5 cr.)
 
Biology majors must complete STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology) (3 cr.) for the statistics requirement.  

For specific mathematics sequences and additional requirements, see individual biology majors.

* Some biology majors specify which option you may/must complete. See the descriptions of the majors for more information.