Biology Major

Biology Major - Liberal Arts and Education

Major requirements 34 Total Credits
Biology Options:

General Biology

General Biology Option

Core Requirements: 21 cr. hrs.
BIOL 110 Freshman Colloquium 1 cr.
BIOL 150 General Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 210 General Botany 3 cr.
BIOL 230 General Zoology 3 cr.
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 350 Genetics and Evolution (writing intensive) 3 cr.
BIOL 360 Ecology (writing intensive) 3 cr.
BIOL 410Senior Colloquium 1 cr.
BIOL 481 Seminar (Liberal Arts majors) 1 cr.
or BIOL 471 Lab Experiences (Education majors)
Directed Electives: 13 cr. hrs.
Choose from any Biology courses except BIOL 100, BIOL 253, BIOL 308

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences Option

Core Requirements: 23 cr. hrs.
BIOL 110 Freshman Colloquium 1 cr.
BIOL 150 General Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 230 General Zoology 3 cr.
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 341 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr.
BIOL 342 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 cr.
BIOL 350 Genetics and Evolution (writing intensive) 3 cr.
BIOL 410 Senior Colloquium 1 cr.
BIOL 481 Seminar 1 cr.
Directed Electives: 11 cr. hrs.
Choose from the following courses.
At least 6 elective credits must be Biology courses.
BIOL 235 Comparative Anatomy 4 cr.
BIOL 243 Introduction to Biological Greek and Latin 1 cr.
BIOL 295 Laboratory Research Experience 2 cr.
BIOL 305 Applications in Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 307 Human Heredity 2 cr.
BIOL 324 Microbiology 4 cr.
BIOL 345 Immunology 3 cr.
BIOL 353 Histology 4 cr.
BIOL 379 Internship 3-6 cr.
BIOL 451 Molecular Biology 4 cr.
BIOL 453 Virology 3 cr.
BIOL 463 Animal Cell Culture 3 cr.
BIOL 495 Undergraduate Research 3 cr.
BIOL 499 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
ANSC 231 Principles of Nutrition 3 cr.
ANSC 447 Endocrinology 2 cr.
ANSC 448 Reproductive Physiology 3 cr.

Field Biology

Field Biology Option

Core Requirements: 17 cr. hrs.
BIOL 110 Freshman Colloquium 1 cr.
BIOL 150 General Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 210 General Botany 3 cr.
BIOL 230 General Zoology 3 cr.
BIOL 296 Field Research Experience 2 cr.
BIOL 360 Ecology (writing intensive) 3 cr.
BIOL 410 Senior Colloquium 1 cr.
BIOL 481 Seminar 1 cr.
Directed Electives: 17 cr. hrs.
Choose from the following courses.
At least 11 elective credits must be Biology courses.
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 243 Introduction to Biological Greek and Latin 1 cr.
BIOL 305 Applications in Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 310 Identification of Plants 3 cr.
BIOL 314 Plant Pathology 3 cr.
BIOL 320 Plant Physiology 3 cr.
BIOL 324 Microbiology 4 cr.
BIOL 333 Entomology 3 cr.
BIOL 344 Wildlife Biology 4 cr.
BIOL 350 Genetics and Evolution (writing intensive) 3 cr.
BIOL 354 Freshwater Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 355 Environmental Law 3 cr.
or ESM 303 Environmental Policies and Administration
BIOL 379 Internship 3-6 cr.
BIOL 434 Ichthyology 3 cr.
BIOL 444 Ornithology 3 cr.
BIOL 495 Undergraduate Research 3 cr.
BIOL 499 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
ESM 220 Environmental Sustainability: Theories, Issues, and Management 3 cr.
ESM 333 Remote Sensing of Natural Resources 3 cr.
ESM 343 Woodlot Management 3 cr.
ESM 360 Applied Hydrology and Water Quality 4 cr.
ESM 413 Environmental Analysis 4 cr.
GEOG 250 Cartography I 3 cr.
GEOG 360 Introduction to GIS 3 cr.
GEOL 202 Oceanography 2 cr.
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology 2 cr.
GEOL 445 Hydrogeology 3 cr.

Required Supporting Courses: 21-22 cr. hrs.

Required for all options in the biology major.
Some professional schools and graduate programs may require additional credits in Chemistry, Math and/or Physics; consult your adviser.
CHEM 121 (or CHEM 120) and CHEM 122 General Chemistry I and II, or CHEM 130, Introduction to Organic Chemistry and CHEM 233, Foundations Organic Chemistry, 10 cr.
PHYS 151, PHYS 156
or PHYS 161, PHYS 162 General Physics I and Lab 4 cr.
MATH 147 College Algebra and Trigonometry 3 cr.
Liberal Arts majors choose one statistics course:
MATH 216 Elementary Statistical Concepts 3 cr.
MATH 226 Fundamentals of Statistics 3 cr.
MATH 326 Applied Statistics 3 cr.
or ANSC 341 Biometrics 3 cr.
Education majors take:
GEOL 101, GEOL 102 Introductory Geology and Lab 4 cr.

Also, see Physical Science Major and Broadfield Science Licensure

General Education Requirements

Courses in the major or required supporting courses may be double counted to satisfy the General Education science requirements. Therefore, the total General Education credit hour requirement is reduced by the courses that can be double-counted.

Department of Biology

414 Agricultural Science
715-425-3591
www.uwrf.edu/BIOL/

Mark Bergland-Chair, Scott Ballantyne, Jorge Bonilla, Rick Ellingworth, John Ford, Joseph Gathman, Betsy Gerbec, Cheng-Chen Huang, Karen Klyczek, Andrew Koob, Timothy Lyden, Brad Mogen, Kim Mogen, Amber Qureshi, John Wheeler

The biology department offers a 34-credit major and a 22 credit minor for liberal arts and education majors. A degree with a biology major also requires completion of a minor and additional supporting courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Three options are offered for the biology major:

  1. General Biology option, for students who want to be broadly educated in biology or who are seeking life science certification;
  2. Biomedical Sciences option, appropriate for pre-professional majors and students planning to go into laboratory research;
  3. Field Biology option, for students interested in ecological research or careers in field biology.

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