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Course Requirements 2022/2023
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 45-46
University Core Requirements 36-44
Electives 38-47
Total 128
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 57-58
University Core Requirement 36-44
Electives 26-35
Total 128
Requirements for B.A. in Biology
Requirements for B.S. in Biology
Requirements for B.A. in Biology
Course Course Title Credits
BIO 1500 Principles of Cell Biology 3
BIO 1501 Principles of Cell Biology Lab 1
BIO 2001 Principles of Genetics 3
BIO 2002 Principles of Genetics Lab 1
BIO 2500 Principles of Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity 3
BIO 2501 Principles of Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity Lab 1
CHM 1010/1011 General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab (3/1)
CHM 1020/1021 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab (3/1)
MTH 1400 Pre-calculus 4
BIO 4990 Senior Seminar 2
Select One Course From the Following List*
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 4010/4010L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
Select Four Upper-Level Elective Courses from the Following List**
BCH 3010 Biochemistry I 3
Any Three Additional 3000- or 4000-level Biology Courses Combined Total 12-16
Course Descriptions
* The course selected from this list cannot be double-counted as an upper-level elective course.
** Two of the courses selected from this list must have a laboratory component. BCH 3010 must be one of the courses selected.
Requirements for B.S. in Biology
Course Course Title Credits
BIO 1500 Principles of Cell Biology 3
BIO 1501 Principles of Cell Biology Lab 1
BIO 2001 Principles of Genetics 3
BIO 2002 Principles of Genetics Lab 1
BIO 2500 Principles of Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity 3
BIO 2501 Principles of Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity Lab 1
CHM 1010/1011 General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 4
CHM 1020/1021 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 4
CHM 2510/2511 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 4
CHM 2520-2521 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 4
MTH 1410 Calculus I 4
STS 2020 or STS 2910 Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Analysis 4
BIO 4990 Senior Seminar 2
Additional courses for the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Concentration

Select One Course From the Following List*
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 4010/4010L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
Select Four Upper-Level Elective Courses from the Following List**
BIO 3040 Microbiology 4
BIO 3050 Advanced Genetics 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 3080 Vertebrate Natural History 4
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3220 Parasitology 4
BIO 3230 Medical Entomology 4
BIO 3250 Health and Ecology Applications of GIS 4
BIO/GBS/ENV 3300 Global Change Ecology 4
BIO/GBS/ENV 3450 The Hidden Face of Ecuador 4
BIO 3600 Aquatic Biology 4
BIO 4010/410L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4020 Ecological Plant Physiology 4
BIO 4030 Developmental Biology 4
BIO 4040 Ecology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIO 4090 Molecular Biology 4
* The course selected from this list cannot be double-counted as an upper-level elective course. ** At least two of the courses selected from this list must have a laboratory component, and no more than one cross-listed BIO/GBS course may count toward the major.

Additional courses for the Molecular/Cell and Biotechnology Concentration

Select One Course From the Following List*
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 4010/4010L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
Select Four Upper-Level Elective Courses from the Following List**
BIO 3000 Cell Biology 4
BIO 3040 Microbiology 4
BIO 3050 Advanced Genetics 4
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3210 Tools for Biotechnology 4
BIO 4030 Developmental Biology 4
BIO 4060 Immunology 4
BIO 4065 Virology 4
BIO 4090 Molecular Biology 4
BIO/BCH 4098 Cancer Cell Biology 4
BCH 3010 Biochemistry I 3
The course selected from this list cannot be double-counted as an upper-level elective course. **
At least two of the courses selected from this list must have a laboratory component, and no more than one cross-listed BIO/GBS course may count toward the major.)

Additional courses for the Health Science Concentration

Select One Course From the Following List*
BIO 3110/3110L General Botany 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 4010/4010L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
Select Four Upper-Level Elective Courses from the Following List**
BIO 3000 Cell Biology 4
BIO 3030 Vertebrate Histology 4
BIO 3040 Microbiology 4
BIO 3050 Advanced Genetics 4
BIO 3061/3061L Integrated Human Physiology 4
BIO 3071/3071L Human Anatomy and Embryology 4
BIO 3120/3120L Zoology 4
BIO 3220 Parasitology 4
BIO 3230 Medical Entomology 4
BIO 3250 Health and Ecology Applications of GIS 4
BIO/GBS 3350 Emerging Infectious Diseases: A World Perspective 4
BIO 4010/4010L Animal Physiology 4
BIO 4030 Developmental Biology 4
BIO 4050/4050L Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIO 4060 Immunology 4
BIO 4065 Virology 4
BIO 4070 Endocrinology 4
BIO 4090 Molecular Biology 4
BIO/BCH 4098 Cancer Cell Biology 4
BCH 3010 Biochemistry I 3
* The course selected from this list cannot be double-counted as an upper-level elective course.

** At least two of the courses selected from this list must have a laboratory component, and no more than one cross-listed BIO/GBS course may count toward the major.
Career Opportunities
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