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Requirements for the Major

A major in biology requires at least nine courses in the following:

Four Required Courses
BIO 200 General Biology I
BIO 201 General Biology II
BIO 315 Genetics
BIO 498 Capstone Seminar (note prerequisite)

In addition, all majors must complete five elective courses at the 300/400 level. At least one elective must be chosen from each of the following categories. The remaining two electives are chosen at the discretion of the student.

Cellular/Molecular-Level
BIO 319 Plant Biotechnology
BIO 331 Developmental Biology
BIO 342 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer
BIO 411 Behavioral Genetics
BIO 413 Molecular Genetics
BIO 443 Advanced Cell Physiology

Organismal-Level
BIO 321 General Microbiology
BIO 330 Comparative Chordate Anatomy
BIO 332 Plant Anatomy and Morphology
BIO 334 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 441 Plant Physiology
BIO 430 Advanced Human Anatomy
BIO 442 Animal Physiology

Population/Ecosystem-Level
BIO 350 General Ecology
BIO 351 Conservation Biology
BIO 353 Animal Behavior
BIO 355 Evolution of Vertebrates
BIO 356 Evolution and Population Genetics
BIO 451 Microbial Ecology

In addition to the courses required within the Department of Biology, a candidate must complete coursework in chemistry, physics and mathematics/statistics (see below). Students are strongly recommended to complete their mathematics and statistics requirements by the end of their second year. 

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts 
degree (required)
CHM 211 Chemical Principles I
CHM 212 Chemical Principles II
CHM 311 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 312 Organic Chemistry II
One term of math chosen from MTH 132
 Elementary Functions, MTH 151 Calculus I, or MTH 152 Calculus II
One term of statistics chosen from MTH
 345 Elementary Statistics, MTH 346 Statistics for Scientists, or PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree (required)
CHM 211 Chemical Principles I
CHM 212 Chemical Principles II
CHM 311 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 312 Organic Chemistry II
One term of math chosen from MTH 151 Calculus I, or MTH 152 Calculus II
One term of statistics chosen from MTH
 345 Elementary Statistics, MTH 346 Statistics for Scientists, or PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research
Two terms of physics, either PHY 111 Elementary Physics I and PHY 112 Elementary Physics II, or PHY 121
 General Physics I and PHY 122 General
 Physics II

Students planning on a career in the health sciences are strongly recommended to earn the B.S. degree and take additional coursework in biochemistry and psychology.

Students planning to pursue graduate work in biology are strongly encouraged to earn the B.S. degree and take additional coursework in biochemistry and computer science.

Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Major
Freshman year: BIO 200 and BIO 201, CHM 211 and 212
Sophomore year: BIO 315 and one biology elective, CHM 311 and 312, mathematics, statistics
Junior year: Two biology electives, one year of physics (for B.S.)
Senior year: Two biology electives, BIO 498

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