Jeffrey Cardon, Barbara Christie-Pope, Marty Condon (chair), S. Andy McCollum, Tammy Mildenstein, Brian Nowak-Thompson, Craig Tepper

Major requirements

A minimum of 13 courses (12 courses if CHE 161 is taken), to include:

Core courses

  • CHE 121 and 122 (Chemical Principles I and II) or 161 (Accelerated General Chemistry)
  • CHE 225 (Organic Chemistry I)
  • BIO 141 (Foundations: Cellular Biology)
  • BIO 142 (Foundations: Organismal Biology)
  • BIO 205 (Cell and Molecular Biology)
  • BIO 211 (Evolution)
  • BIO 315 (Genetics)
  • BIO 321 (Ecology)

Electives

One course from each of the following groupings:

Cell GroupingPlant GroupingAnimal Grouping
BIO 305 (Advanced Molecular Biology) BIO 209 (Plant Morphology) BIO 254 (Ornithology)
BIO 313 (Developmental Biology) BIO 332 (Plant Systematics) BIO 308 (Invertebrate Zoology)
BIO 326 (Microbiology)   BIO 312 (Vertebrate Zoology)
BIO 327 (Immunology)   BIO 334 (Animal Behavior)
BIO 328 (Neurobiology)   BIO 337 (Entomology)
BIO 335 (Chemical Ecology)    

Capstone course

  • BIO 485 (Biological Problems) or BMB 485 (Problems)

Notes

  • Appropriate supporting work in chemistry, physics, and mathematics is also strongly recommended.

Teaching major requirements

Identical to the general major except BIO 485 is not required. If the student's program permits, however, BIO 485 is strongly recommended. In addition to the foregoing requirements for the subject major, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.

Minor requirements

A minimum of seven course credits (six courses if CHE 161 is taken), which include BIO 141, 142 and CHE 121-122 (or 161). Students may elect either of the following two ways to complete the minor: (1) CHE 225, BIO 205, and BIO 315; or (2) BIO 211, BIO 321 and one upper-level elective course in Biology. Environmental Studies majors may receive a minor in Biology by completing the first track, or by completing the second track only if two of the upper-level Biology courses counted toward the minor are not counted toward the Environmental Studies major. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors may receive a minor in Biology only by completing the second track with an upper-level elective course chosen from the plant or animal grouping. (See Declaration of Degree Candidacy, Majors, and Minors.)

Concentration

Students should consult with the Department concerning programs leading to graduate work in zoology, botany, or the health sciences; to high school teaching; to admission to schools of medicine and dentistry; and to various careers in the biological sciences.

Note: Students intending to take advanced work in Biology and all preprofessional students (medicine, dentistry, etc.) should take BIO 141 and 142.

Recommended course sequence

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

CHE 121
CHE 122
BIO 141
BIO 142

CHE 225
BIO 205
BIO 211
Animal Elective

BIO 321
BIO 315
Plant Elective

BIO 485
Cell Elective

Notes:

  • Appropriate supporting work in chemistry, physics, and mathematics is also strongly recommended.
  • Students intending to take advanced work in biology and all preprofessional students (medicine, dentistry, etc.) should take Foundations: Cellular Biology (141) and Foundations: Organismal Biology (142).
  • Students should consult with the Department concerning programs leading to graduate work in zoology, botany, or the health sciences; to high school teaching; to admission to schools of medicine and dentistry; and to various careers in the biological sciences.