You’ll find research and learning are a logical extension of our biology curriculum and an integral part of our academic culture.

Biology Major Requirements

Required Biology Courses

(5 required courses plus a concentration)

  • BIOL 120 General Biology 1
  • BIOL 121 General Biology 2
  • BIOL 244 Genetics
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 107 General Chemistry 2

 

Organismal Biology Concentration

  • BIOL 201 Botany
  • BIOL 228 Ecology
  • CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry
  • Any five biology (BIOL) electives numbered 200 or above (may include only one of BIOL 490 Independent Study, BIOL 492 Directed Research and BIOL 496 Research and Thesis)

Recommended Courses: Physics (PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 121 and PHYS 122), Basic Statistics (SSCI 224 or BUAD 284), a computer science course and Calculus (MATH 124 or 131).  


Biomedical Sciences Concentration

Any six biology (BIOL) electives from the following (may include only one of BIOL 490 Independent Study, BIOL 492 Directed Research and BIOL 496 Research and Thesis)

  • BIOL 220 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL 320 Human Anatomy and Histology
  • BIOL 350 Microbiology
  • BIOL 360 Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 365 Immunology
  • BIOL 368 Parasitology
  • BIOL 371 Cellular Physiology
  • BIOL 372 Systemic Physiology
  • BIOL 373 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 375 The Biology of the Cancer Cell
  • BIOL 381 Vertebrate Embryology
  • BIOL 382 Vertebrate Reproduction
  • BIOL 385 Endocrinology
  • BIOL 386 Neuroscience
  • BIOL 490 Independent Study
  • BIOL 492 Directed Research
  • BIOL 496 Research and Thesis
Additional Required Courses in Chemistry
  • CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry: Intermediate or CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry: Research Emphasis
  • CHEM 350 Biochemistry
Additional recommended courses: Physics (PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 or PHYS 121 and PHYS 122), Basic Statistics (SSCI 224), BUAD 142 and Calculus (MATH 124 or MATH 131).

Biology majors may also be required to complete the designated achievement tests in biology during specified testing periods and are required to participate in other ongoing assessment activities.

Course choices should be made through advisement, with the student’s interests and objectives in mind. Advanced students are strongly encouraged to pursue Independent Study (BIOL 428 or 490) and Research (BIOL 492 or BIOL 496).

Faculty Perspective

Deborah Anderson (Biology)“In late June of each summer, I pack up my Springbar tent, rock hammer, anvils, GPS, collecting bags and other field gear and drive to Lost Cabin, Wyoming, to look for fossils.

“The roughest part of fieldwork (rattlesnakes and scorpions aside) is the lack of running water. But after a couple of days, everyone is in the same state. Plus, you can get an early start in the field when you don’t have to wait for everyone to shower!”

Deborah Anderson
Associate professor of biology