Biology General Option

Bachelor of Science Degree. Biology Major/Chemistry Minor. Academic Advising Plan.

Visit the Biology Major / Chemistry Minor page to learn more about the program.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman
Year

BIOL 110 Freshman Colloquium - 1
BIOL 150 General Biology - 3 
General Education CW (ENGL 100) - 3
MATH 147 College Algebra & Trigonometry1 - 3
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I - 5
Total semester credits - 15

CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5
MATH 216 Elementary Statistical Concepts2 - 3
General Education SB3 - 3
General Education HF - 3 
General Education HW (P ED 108) - 1 
Total semester credits - 15

Sophomore
Year

BIOL 230 Zoology - 3
CHEM 231 and 236, Organic Chemistry I and Lab - 4 
General Education CW (ENGL 200) - 3
General Education HF - 3
Physical Education Activity HW - .5
Total semester credits - 13.5

BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology - 3 
CHEM 232 and 237 Organic Chemistry II and Lab - 4
General Education CS - 3
Biology elective - 3 
General Education SB - 3 
Total semester credits - 16

Junior
Year

BIOL 210 General Botany - 3
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I - 3
PHYS 151 and 156 General Physics and Lab - 5 
Global Perspectives - 3 
Physical Education Activity HW - .5
Total semester credits - 14.5

BIOL 350 Genetics and Evolution - 3
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II4 - 3
Biology Elective - 3
Liberal Arts5 - 3 
General Education EC - 3
Total semester credits - 15

Senior
Year

BIOL 360 Ecology - 3
Biology elective - 4 
Biology elective - 3
General Education MD - 3
American Cultural Diversity - 3
Total semester credits - 16

BIOL 410 Senior Colloquium - 1 
BIOL 481 Seminar - 1 
Biology Elective - 3 
Liberal Arts Course~ 3
General Elective - 3 
General Elective - 3 
Total semester credits - 14

Summary of Degree Requirements

General Education - 39-51 cr.
Core - 21 cr.
Required Supporting Courses - 21-22 cr.
Directed Electives - 13 cr.
Credits to Degree - 120 cr.
Credits to Degree - 120 cr.

This academic plan is an example of how students might choose to fulfill program requirements within a period of four years. After consulting with their advisors students may make other course choices which would meet the program requirements and be more suitable for them.

  1. Your math placement score will determine which math course you start with. MATH 147 is the minimum requirement for the biology major, but some graduate or professional programs may require at least one semester of calculus. If you are planning to take calculus (MATH 166), then MATH 149 (Pre-calculus) should be taken instead of MATH 147.
  2. Other courses that satisfy the statistics requirement for the biology major include MATH 226, MATH 326, and ANSC 314. MATH 216 double-counts as a Liberal Arts course.
  3. Visit the Web for the most recent list of General Education courses.
  4. Taking CHEM 362 will yield 24 credits of chemistry for the minor. Only 22 cr. are required for the minor, so a 1 or 2 cr. course may be taken instead.
  5. Three Liberal Arts courses are required. Other requirements, such as MATH 216, and some Global Perspectives and American Cultural Diversity courses, double count as Liberal Arts Courses.