Biology, B.S.

Requirements

A minor is not required for this major.

The Environmental Science specialization offers students a strong biology core curriculum and added multidisciplinary strengths in environmental science. The program provides students with a foundation in organismal biology, ecology, environmental chemistry, earth science, and environmental management in order to give an understanding of environmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. The program has particular strengths in plant and animal organismal biology and aquatic (freshwater and estuarine) ecology. The specialization prepares students for careers in environmental science and natural resource management with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the environmental industry, or for graduate studies in these areas.

Biology Core

BIO 121General Biology I

4

BIO 122General Biology II

4

BIO 200Integrative Biology

4

BIO 290Biology Research Experience I

2

 

BIO 390Biology Research Experience II

1

or

BIO 391Internship in Biology

1 TO 6

Total Credit Hours:15-20

General Biology

Biology core, plus 12-17 credits of any other 200-level or higher BIO or BMS courses (except for BIO 211). Please note that upper-level BMS courses require BMS 201, which can count as an elective in the general biology major. Other electives may be approved at the discretion of the department chair.

Total Credit Hours:32

Related Requirements

MATH 124Applied Calculus with Trigonometry

4

or

MATH 152Calculus I

4

or

MATH 115Trigonometry

3

and

MATH 125Applied Calculus

3

PHYS 121General Physics I

4

and

PHYS 122General Physics II

4

or

PHYS 125University Physics I

4

and

PHYS 126University Physics II

4

CHEM 161General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 210Foundations of Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 211Foundations of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1

Total Credit Hours:27-29

And one of the following:

CHEM 200Foundations of Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM 212Organic Synthesis

3

CHEM 260Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 354Foundations of Biochemistry

3

Ecology, Biodiversity, and Evolutionary Biology Specialization

A minor is not required for this major.

The Ecology, Biodiversity, and Evolutionary Biology specialization emphasizes ecological and evolutionary processes integrated with study of organismal diversity. Students will develop an understanding of the processes that influence relationships among organisms and interactions with their environments through selected courses and individual research projects. This program will prepare students for careers with government agencies (e.g., conservation, fisheries, wildlife management, forestry), nongovernmental organizations, environmmental education groups, and the environmental industry. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate studies in fields such as ecology, evolution, animal behavior, natural resources management, or marine and aquatic biology.

Biology core, plus 12-17 credits as follows:

One of the following:

BIO 402Population Genetics

3

BIO 405Ecology

4

BIO 434Ecology of Inland Waters

4

BIO 440Evolution

3

BIO 480Animal Behavior

4

And one of the following:

BIO 315Microbial Ecology

4

BIO 322Vertebrate Zoology

4

BIO 326Mushrooms, Mosses, & More

4

BIO 327Vascular Plants

4

BIO 420Ornithology

4

BIO 421Marine Invertebrate Biology

4

BIO 425Biology of Marine and Freshwater Algae

4

BIO 444Plant Taxonomy

3

BIO 469Entomology

4

And any advanced courses in the E/B/E Group

E/B/E Group
BIO 230Natural History

3

BIO 402Population Genetics

3

BIO 315Microbial Ecology

4

BIO 322Vertebrate Zoology

4

BIO 326Mushrooms, Mosses, & More

4

BIO 327Vascular Plants

4

BIO 405Ecology

4

BIO 410Ecological Physiology

4

BIO 420Ornithology

4

BIO 421Marine Invertebrate Biology

4

BIO 425Biology of Marine and Freshwater Algae

4

BIO 434Ecology of Inland Waters

4

BIO 436Environmental Resources and Management

3

BIO 438Aquatic Pollution

4

BIO 440Evolution

3

BIO 444Plant Taxonomy

3

BIO 469Entomology

4

BIO 470Field Studies in Biology

1 TO 4

BIO 471International Field Studies in Biology

1 TO 4

BIO 480Animal Behavior

4

BIO 489Vertebrate Dissection

2

BIO 490Topics in Biology

3 TO 4

BIO 491Advanced Studies in Biology

1 TO 3

BIO 499Undergraduate Thesis in Biology

1

BIO 490, BIO 491, and BIO 499: with a topic focus approved by the E/B/E faculty advisor

Related Requirements

MATH 124Applied Calculus with Trigonometry

4

or

MATH 152Calculus I

4

or

MATH 115Trigonometry

3

and

MATH 125Applied Calculus

3

PHYS 121General Physics I

4

and

PHYS 122General Physics II

4

or

PHYS 125University Physics I

4

and

PHYS 126University Physics II

4

CHEM 161General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 210Foundations of Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 211Foundations of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1

Total Credit Hours:27-29

And one of the following:

CHEM 200Foundations of Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM 212Organic Synthesis

3

CHEM 260Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 354Foundations of Biochemistry

3

Total Credit Hours: 32

Environmental Science Specialization (32 total credits in biology required)

Biology core, plus 12-17 credits as follows :

BIO 436Environmental Resources and Management

3

or

BIO 438Aquatic Pollution

4

One of the following:

BIO 315Microbial Ecology

4

BIO 322Vertebrate Zoology

4

BIO 326Mushrooms, Mosses, & More

4

BIO 327Vascular Plants

4

BIO 420Ornithology

4

BIO 421Marine Invertebrate Biology

4

BIO 425Biology of Marine and Freshwater Algae

4

BIO 444Plant Taxonomy

3

One of the following

BIO 331Neurobiology

4

BIO 410Ecological Physiology

4

BIO 412/BMS 412Human Physiology

3

BIO 413/BMS 413Human Physiology Laboratory

1

BIO 449Plant Physiology

3

BIO 450

BIO 405Ecology

4

BIO 434Ecology of Inland Waters

4

BIO electives to complete 32 credits

Total Credit Hours:3-4

Related Requirements

MATH 124Applied Calculus with Trigonometry

4

or

MATH 152Calculus I

4

or

MATH 115Trigonometry

3

and

MATH 125Applied Calculus

3

CHEM 161General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 200Foundations of Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM 201Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 210Foundations of Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 211Foundations of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 406Environmental Chemistry

3

CHEM 456Toxicology

3

or

CHEM 212Organic Synthesis

3

and

CHEM 213Organic Synthesis Laboratory

1

GSCI 121The Dynamic Earth

3

or

GSCI 450Environmental and Engineering Geology

3

PHYS 121General Physics I

4

and

PHYS 122General Physics II

4

or

PHYS 125University Physics I

4

and

PHYS 126University Physics II

4

Total Credit Hours:34-37