Programs in the Department of Biology are designed to help prepare students for careers in biology teaching, biological specialties, and health related areas. For each of these careers there is a need to understand the explanatory principles of biology and basic methods of biological investigation. Required and elective course work help achieve these objectives. Students choosing their work in biology may pursue (1) the Bachelor of Science degree with a biology (pre-professional) major, (2) the Bachelor of Science degree with a biology (liberal arts) major, (3) the Bachelor of Science degree with a biology (recombinant gene technology) major or (4) the Bachelor of Science in Education degree. A minor field in biology is available for students who are majoring in other disciplines. A student must earn a grade average of 2.00 (C) in all courses required for the major, minor, or any certification option. Other courses taken in the Department will be included in the average.
THE BACHELORS OF SCIENCE
The degree of Bachelor of Science, with a major in biology, requires successful completion of 128 semester hours including (1) the Program of General Studies (six hours of foreign language is recommended); (2) one of the biology programs listed on this page; and (3) a program of electives or a minor* as worked out with the student’s advisor.
*Minors recommended for biology majors are those in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, or statistics.
MAJORS IN BIOLOGY
Liberal Arts - The liberal arts major is intended for students who are interested in field-oriented biology, such as natural history, fish and game, national and state parks and refuges, etc., or in other areas with less emphasis on the molecular level.
•32 hours in biology—BIOL 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 372, 401, 450 or 451;
•12 hours in chemistry—CHEM 101, 102,107, 331,332 (recommended);
•8 hours in physics—PHYS 101, 102;
•9 hours in mathematics—MATH 103,104, and 105, (250 recommended);
•16 hours of science electives (at least 8 hours in biology; NSC 300C may be substituted for three of these hours).
Preprofessional - The pre-professional major is designed for students planning on going to medical school or pursuing a career in another health related area and for individuals interested in molecular biology and/or physiology.
•36 hours in biology—BIOL 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, one of the following: 235, 237, or 330, 372, 401, 450 or 451;
•19 hours in chemistry—CHEM 101, 102, 107, 331, 332, 341;
•8 hours in physics—PHYS 101, 102;
•13 hours in mathematics—MATH 103, 104, 105, and 250;
•10 hours of science electives (at least 6 hours in biology; NSC 300C may be substituted for three of these hours).
Recombinant Gene Technology - The area of emphasis in recombinant gene technology (RGT) will allow students to gain experience and knowledge in the rapidly growing fields of molecular biology, biotechnology, and genetics. Students successfully completing the program will be prepared for graduate studies in molecular biology and genetics, forensic science, or employment as a research technician.
•40 hours in biology- BIOL 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 330, 372, 401, 420 (recommended), 430, 450 or 451;
•19 hours in chemistry- CHEM 101, 102, 107, 331, 332, 341;
•8 hours in physics- PHYS 101, 102;
•13 hours in mathematics- MATH 103, 104, 105, 200 and 250;
•10 hours in science electives (at least 6 hours in biology; N SC 300 may be substituted for three of these hours).
•RGT students should begin the sequence of courses in biology (BIOL 101) and chemistry (CHEM 101) their first semester in order to complete all of the necessary prerequisites to avoid later conflicts in scheduling and completing the program in four years.
•Science electives for each program may come from courses listed under Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Mathematics (course numbers 200 and higher), Natural Science 300C or D, Geography 300, or Psychology 370 and/or 402.
The degree of Bachelor of Science in Education, with certification to teach biology, requires successful completion of 128 semester hours, including (1) the Program of General Studies; (2) the Professional Semester for the certificate chosen; and (3) the requirements associated with the following certificate. Certificate for Grades 9-Adult (pages 81-82). Students with a field in Biological Sciences 9-Adult are encouraged to complete a teaching field in General Science.
MINOR IN BIOLOGY
BIOL 101, 102, and twelve additional hours in Biology.
Geography 300, Psychology 370, Psychology 402, Natural Science 300C or Natural Science 300D may be substituted for three of thesehours.