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

Biology Major Requirements

(20 credits, 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 or BIOL 496 Research and Thesis)

Recommended:

  • MATH 124 A Survey of Calculus or MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
  • PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1 and PHYS 112 Fundamentals of Physics 2 or PHYS 121 General Physics 1 and PHYS 122 General Physics 2
  • SSCI 224 Basic Statistics or BUAD 284 Statistics for Business and Economics
  • A computer science course

Biomedical Sciences Concentration

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

  • BIOL 220 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL 320 Human Anatomy and Histology
  • BIOL 325 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 350 Microbiology
  • BIOL 360 Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 361 Virology
  • 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
Recommended:
  • MATH 124 A Survey of Calculus or MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
  • PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1 and PHYS 112 Fundamentals of Physics 2 or  PHYS 121 General Physics 1 and PHYS 122 General Physics 2
  • SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
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).