UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Biology Major

Biology Major - Liberal Arts and Education

Major requirements 44 Total Credits
Biology Options:

General Biology

General Biology Option

BIOL Core and Elective Courses = 44 cr.
Required core courses (26-27 cr.)

BIOL 110 Freshman Colloquium, 1 cr.
BIOL 103 Biological Evolution, 3 cr.
BIOL 160 Gen. Bio: Fr. Research, 4 cr. or BIOL 150, Gen. Biology, (3) cr.
BIOL 210 Botany, 3 cr.
BIOL 230 General Zoology, 3 cr.
BIOL 240 Cell & Molecular Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 324 Microbiology, 4 cr.
BIOL 350 Genetics, 3 cr.
BIOL 360 Ecology, 3 cr.

Electives courses  (17-18 cr. from the following to reach a total of 44 cr.)
Recommended Electives: (not a complete list)

BIOL 195 Freshman Research Exper., 3 cr.
BIOL 243 Intro to Biol. Greek-Latin, 2 cr.
BIOL 295 Lab Research Experience, 2 cr.
BIOL 305 App. in Molecular Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 307 Human Heredity, 2 cr.
BIOL 310  Identification of Plants, 3 cr.
BIOL 314  Plant Pathology, 3 cr.
BIOL 320  Plant Physiology, 3 cr.
BIOL 325 Medical Microbiology, 3 cr.
BIOL 341 Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL 342 Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL 345 Immunology, 3 cr.
BIOL 351 Epigenetics, 3 cr.
BIOL 353 Histology, 4 cr.
BIOL 356 Neurobiology, 3 cr.
BIOL 364 Developmental Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 365 Cancer Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 451 Molecular Biology, 4 cr.
BIOL 453 Virology, 3 cr.
BIOL 463 Animal Cell Culture, 3 cr.
BIOL 464 Stem Cells &Reg. Med., 3 cr.
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BIOL 379 Internship, 3-6 cr.
BIOL 389 Special Topics in Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 495 Undergraduate Research, 3 cr.
BIOL 499 Independent Study, 1-3 cr.
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Note: Up to 6 elective credits may be taken from outside the Biology Department, by program exception.

 

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences Option

BIOL Core and Elective Courses = 44 cr.
Required core courses (28-29 cr.)

BIOL 110 Freshman Colloquium, 1 cr
BIOL 103 Biological Evolution, 3 cr.
BIOL 160 Gen. Bio: Fr. Research, 4 cr. or BIOL 150 Gen. Biology, (3) cr.
BIOL 230 General Zoology, 3 cr.
BIOL 240 Cell & Molecular Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 324 Microbiology, 4 cr.
BIOL 341 Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL 342 Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL 350 Genetics, 3 cr.

Electives courses  (15-16 cr. from the following to reach 44 total cr.)
Recommended Electives: (not a complete list)

BIOL 195  Freshman Research Experience, 3 cr.
BIOL 210 Botany, 3 cr.
BIOL 243 Intro to Biol. Greek-Latin, 2 cr.
BIOL 295 Lab Research Experience, 2 cr.
BIOL 305 App. in Molecular Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 307 Human Heredity, 2 cr.
BIOL 325 Medical Microbiology, 3 cr.
BIOL 345 Immunology, 3 cr.
BIOL 351 Epigenetics, 3 cr.
BIOL 353 Histology, 4 cr.
BIOL 356 Neurobiology, 3 cr.
BIOL 364 Developmental Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 365 Cancer Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 451 Molecular Biology, 4 cr.
BIOL 453 Virology, 3 cr.
BIOL 463 Animal Cell Culture, 3 cr.
BIOL 464 Stem Cells &Reg. Med., 3 cr.
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BIOL 379 Internship, 3-6 cr.
BIOL 389 Special Topics in Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 495 Undergraduate Research, 3 cr.
BIOL 499 Independent Study, 1-3 cr.

Chemistry supporting courses (10- cr.): 1 year of CHEM

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 116 General Chemistry Lab I, 1 cr.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 117 General Chemistry Lab II, 1 cr. or CHEM 130 Intro. to Organic Chemistry, 5 cr.
CHEM 233 Foundations of Organic Chem., 5 cr.

Additional supporting courses (11-12 cr.):

PHYS 121 Algebra-based Physics, 5 cr. or 131 calculus-based Physics, 5 cr.
MATH 147 Algebra & Trigonometry, 3 cr. or 149 Precalculus, 4 cr.        
MATH 231 Biostatistics, 3 cr. or ANSC 341 Biometrics, 3 cr.
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Note: Up to 6 elective credits may be taken from outside the Biology Department, by program exception.

 

Field Biology

Field Biology Option

BIOL Core and Elective Courses = 44 cr.
Required core courses (22-23cr.)  - 8 courses

BIOL 110 Freshman Colloquium, 1 cr.
BIOL 103 Biological Evolution, 3 cr.
BIOL 160 Gen. Bio: Fr. Research, 4 cr. or BIOL 150  Gen. Biology, (3) cr.
BIOL 210 Botany, 3 cr.
BIOL 230 General Zoology, 3 cr.
BIOL 296 Field Research Experience, 2 cr.
BIOL 324 Microbiology, 4 cr.
BIOL 360 Ecology, 3 cr.

Electives courses (21-22 cr. from the following to reach a total of 44 cr.)?
Recommended Electives: (not a complete list)

BIOL 195  Freshman Research Experience, 3 cr.
BIOL 240  Cell & Molecular Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 243  Intro. to Biol. Greek-Latin, 2 cr.
BIOL 305  App. 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 333  Entomology, 3 cr.
BIOL 344  Wildlife Biology, 4 cr.
BIOL 354  Freshwater Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL 434  Ichthyology, 3 cr.
BIOL 444  Ornithology, 3 cr.
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BIOL 379  Internship, 3-6 cr.
BIOL 495  Undergraduate Research, 3 cr.
BIOL 499  Independent Study, 1-3 cr.

 

Education

 Biology with Broad Field Science Education Option

Required General Science Core:

BIOL 150 General Biology 3 cr.
or
BIOL 160 General Biology - Freshmen Research Focus 4 cr.
CHEM 111 General Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 116 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 cr
CHEM 117 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 cr.
PHYS 117 Basic Astronomy 3 cr.

Select on of the following course sequences
PHYS 121 Algebra-Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 122 Algebra-Based Physics II 5 cr.
OR
PHYS 131 Calculus-Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 cr.

Biology Core:

BIOL 110 Freshman Colloquium 1 cr.
BIOL 210 General Botany 3 cr.
BIOL 230 General Zoology 3 cr.
BIOL 240 Cell & Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 350 Genetics & Evolution 3 cr.
BIOL 360 Ecology 3 cr.
BIOL 471 Lab Experiences 1 cr.

Advanced Biology Electives:
Choose 14 credits from the following courses:

BIOL 243, BIOL 295, BIOL 296, BIOL 305, BIOL 307, BIOL 310, BIOL 324, BIOL 333, BIOL 341, BIOL 342, BIOL 344, BIOL 345, BIOL 351, BIOL 353, BIOL 354, BIOL 364, BIOL 434, BIOL 444, BIOL 451, BIOL 453, BIOL 481, BIOL 490

Required supporting courses
Choose one of the following course sequences

GEOL 269 Environmental Geology 3 cr.
GEOL 102 Introduction to Geology Laboratory 1 cr.
ESM 302 Broadfield Science Environmental Education Lab 1 cr.
OR
ESM 300 Environmental Education 3 cr.
GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology 3 cr.
GEOL 102 Introduction to Geology Laboratory 1 cr.
OR
ESM 300 Environmental Education 3 cr.
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology 3 cr.
GEOL 102 Introduction to Geology Laboratory 1 cr.

 Earth and Space Science License (optional)
GEOG 212 Weather and Climate 3 cr.

Select two of the following courses:
GEOL 150 Geological Perspectives of Global Change 3 cr.
PHYS 318 Astrophysics 3 cr.
GEOL 305 Geology of the Planets 3 cr.
GEOL 441 Introduction to Geophysics 3 cr.

Recommended Supplemental Coursework:
GEOL 115 Oceanography 4 cr.
ESM 360 Hydrology & Water Quality 4 cr.


Required Supporting Courses: 21 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.

Chemistry supporting courses (10- cr.): 1 year of CHEM
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 116 General Chemistry Lab I, 1 cr.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 117 General Chemistry Lab II, 1 cr. or CHEM 130 Intro. to Organic Chemistry, 5 cr.
CHEM 233 Foundations of Organic Chem., 5 cr.

Additional supporting courses (11-12 cr.):
PHYS 121 Algebra-based Physics, 5 cr. or 131 calculus-based Physics, 5 cr.
MATH 147 Algebra & Trigonometry, 3 cr. or 149 Precalculus, 4 cr.        
MATH 231 Biostatistics, 3 cr. or ANSC 341 Biometrics, 3 cr.

Education majors take:

Also, see Physical Science Major and Broadfield Science Licensure

Department of Biology

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

J. Alfred Bonilla-Chair, Scott Ballantyne, Rick Ellingworth, John Ford, Joseph Gathman, Betsy Gerbec, Cheng-Chen Huang, Karen Klyczek, Timothy Lyden, Brad Mogen, Kim Mogen, Sami Nicols, Amber Qureshi, John Wheeler

The Biology Department offers a 44-credit major and a 22 credit minor for liberal arts and education majors. A degree with a Biology major also requires 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 education certification;
  2. Biomedical Sciences option, appropriate for pre-professional majors and students planning to go into health, medicine laboratory research;
  3. Field Biology option, for students interested in ecological research or careers in field biology. Including Natural Resource Management.

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.