Biology

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Biology Department

Biology in the broadest sense is the study of life. It is a diverse subject and understanding it requires a background in all the sciences. The biologist must understand the basics of physics, chemistry, math and the social sciences as they relate to living systems. He/she must also be able to synthesize that knowledge to understand the living world, a world that is both remarkably unified and wonderfully diverse.

Chair: Kara R Thoemke, Ph.D.

Biology major

A major in biology requires 32 semester credits.  Biology courses must have a minimum grade of "C" to complete the requirements of the major. See tracks for specific course requirements. Application to the biology major is made during the spring semester of the sophomore year. See the Biology student handbook for more details.

Biology tracks:

  1. Graduate school or research preparation:
    • BIO 1110, 1120, 3500, one course from the following: BIO 3100, 3210, 3220, 4170.
    • Biology electives to equal 32 total biology credits.
    • CHM 1110, 1120, 2200, 2210, 3240.
    • PSC 2001, 2002.
    • MTH 2221.
    • Recommended: a chemistry minor (requires completion of CHM 3000 Analytical Chemistry), a biology or chemistry research experience, PSY 3330 Research Methods, PSY 3331 Statistics, computer science, calculus series MTH 2221-2222, MTH 4411. See track schema in the Biology student handbook for more recommendations. The student must consult catalogs of desired graduate schools for any special requirements.
  2. Forensics (DNA Analyst) preparation:
    • BIO 1110, 1120, 2110, 2120, 2020, 2021, 3500, 4150, 4160, one course from the following: BIO 3100, 3210, 3220, 4170.
    • CHM 1110, 1120, 2200, 2210, 3000, 3240. This course work meets the requirements for a chemistry minor.
    • PSC 2001, 2002.
    • MTH 2211 or 2221, MTH 4411 (prereq. MTH 2221 and 2222) or PSY 3331.
    • Recommended: BIO 3100, 3020, 3600, 4135, CHM 4120, a biology or chemistry research experience, PSY 3330 Research Methods, computer science, calculus series 2221-2222. See track schema in the Biology student handbook for more recommendations. The student must consult catalogs of desired graduate schools for any special requirements.
  3. Medical school preparation:
    • BIO 1110, 1120, 2110, 2120, 2020, 2021, 3130, 3500, one course from the following: BIO 3100, 3210, 3220, 4170.
    • CHM 1110, 1120, 2200, 2210, 3240.
    • PSC 2001, 2002.
    • MTH 2221.
    • Four courses of humanities (to include two composition courses and two other humanities courses, one of which must be an upper-division course.) Eight credits in PSY or SOC including one upper division course. See track schema in the Biology student handbook for recommendations. The student must consult catalogs of desired medical schools for any special requirements.
  4. Secondary teaching preparation:
    • BIO 1110, 1120, 2110, 2120, 3500, 4170 (or 3210) and 8 credits from the following: BIO 2020/2021, 3100, 3210, 3220, 4170 to equal 32 biology credits. Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of BIO 4170 elsewhere may be required to take a course with a research component.
    • CHM 1110, 1120 [or CHM 1020, CHM 1035 and BIO 1036].
    • MTH 1111.
    • PSC 1202.
    • PSC 1201 (or PSC 2001, 2002), PSC 4150.
    • NSC 3335 - must take as a co-requisite with NSC 3333. NSC 3333 - must take as a co-requisite or as a prerequisite for EDU 3800.
    • General requirements for secondary licensure as listed in the Education section of the catalog. The above is based on current information and is subject to change. The student must regularly consult with the Education Department for further information.
  5. Pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy and other pre-professional fields follow the pre-medicine track. The student must consult catalogs of desired professional schools for any special requirements.
  6. Cytotechnology preparation:
    • BIO 1110, 1120, 2110, 2120, 2020, 2021, 3500, electives to equal 32 biology credits.
    • CHM 1110, 1120 (CHM 1020, CHM 1035 and BIO 1036 may be substituted with departmental advisement).
    • MTH 1111.
    • Recommended: PSC 1201 or 2001 and 2002; CIS 1007 and CIS 1008; CHM 2200, 2210, 3240.
    • The student also needs an internship in a cytotechnology school to be a cytotechnologist. One year of internship in an approved cytotechnology program is equivalent to 32 semester credits of upper division biology coursework. The internship is taken in the senior year.
  7. Cytogenetics preparation:
    • BIO 1110,1120,2110,2120,2020, 2021, 3500, electives to equal 32 biology credits.
    • CHM 1110, 1120, 2200, 2210, 3240.
    • MTH 2211 (or PSY 3331 and MTH 1111).
    • Recommended: BIO 3100, 3020, 3600, 4125, 4135, 4210, 4220, PSC 2001 and 2002.
    • The student also needs an internship in a cytogenetics school to be a cytogeneticist. One year of internship in an approved cytogenetics program is equivalent to 32 semester credits of upper-division biology coursework. The internship is taken in the senior year.

  

Biology minor

A minor in biology requires 22 semester credits. Biology courses must have a minimum grade of C to complete the requirements of the minor. Course requirements for the minor:

  1. One or more of these three courses (BIO 1110, BIO 1120, BIO 1036).
  2. Additional biology credits, chosen with advisement, to equal at least 22 semester credits.
  3. Sixteen of the 22 credits must be courses with numbers 2000 or higher.

 

Biology Department outcomes

Students graduating with a degree in biology will:

  1. Have a broad-based exposure to the world of biology.
  2. Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate effective laboratory skills.