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2002 - 2003 Biological Sciences

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Faculty Chair: David R. Hosford
Science Building 338A

Professors:
Glen W. Clark, Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology (Emeritus)
David M. Darda, Evolutionary Vertebrate Morphology, Herpetoloty
David R. Hosford, Mycology and Algology
Paul W. James, Ecology and Fisheries Biology
Sheldon R. Johnson, Director Allied Health Sciences; Zoophysiology, Mammalogy
Robert E. Pacha, Microbiology (Emeritus)
Stamford D. Smith, Entomology and Aquatic Biology

Associate Professors:
Daniel D. Beck, Physiological Ecology and Herpetology
Kristina A. Ernest, Terrestrial and Community Ecology

Assistant Professors:
Louise M. Baxter, Science Education, Histology
Patrick J. Bryan, Invertebrate Zoology, Developmental Biology
Tom R. Cottrell, Plant Ecology
Philip W. Mattocks, Ornithology and Physiology
Holly C. Pinkart, Microbiology
Linda A. Raubeson, Plant Systematics
Lixing Sun, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution
Steven D. Verhey, Cell and Molecular Biology

General Departmental Information

The Department of Biological Sciences provides the biological component of the liberal arts education at Central Washington University. We promote student understanding of biological concepts relevant to the individual and society, and our curriculum. Our students obtain a broad education, covering a wide variety of biological disciplines. We focus on the student; classes are small, facilitating hands-on experience, interactions with faculty, and opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate research. We offer a full compliment of competitive pre-professional programs, strong programs in regional field biology, and a quality program for secondary biology educators.

Admission to Departmental

Programs

In order to be admitted to a Biology major or minor, all students must:

1. Register with the Department and be advised by departmental faculty.

2. Complete CHEM 181 and 182 with labs (or equivalent) or be currently enrolled in the latter. (Exception may be made for Biology Teacher, see advisor.)

3. Complete BIOL 110, 111, 112 or equivalents.

4. Qualify for MATH 170.

In order to graduate, each student must have on file, in the Biology Department and in Academic Services, an official Program of Study. The Program of Study will be prepared by the student in conjunction with his or her advisor. It must be approved by the student, advisor, and the Department Chair and must be completed during the quarter in which the student is admitted to the major.

Bachelor of Arts 
Biology Major (1600)

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to develop breadth in the sciences generally. Students completing the Bachelor of Arts major will find that their strong general background will allow them flexibility in career choices. The Bachelor of Arts degree meets the requirements for admission to most graduate schools and medical schools. Each student's program must be approved by the Department of Biological Sciences at least one academic year preceding graduation.

CHEM 181 has a prerequisite of high school chemistry and qualification for MATH 163.1. PHYS 111 has a prerequisite of high school algebra and trigonometry. PHYS 181/181.1 has a prerequisite or corequisite of MATH 172.1, 172.2 and 272.1.

Credits earned in CHEM 181 and 181.1 and PHYS 111 will be allowed in partial fulfillment of the natural science breadth requirements as well as the requirements of this major.

Required Courses                         Credits 
BIOL 110, Basic Biology                            5 
BIOL 111, Plant Biology                            5 
BIOL 112, Animal Biology                           5 
BIOL 220, Introductory Cellular Biology            5 
BIOL 321, Genetics                                 5 
BIOL 499.1, Senior Seminar OR 
  BIOL 497, Honors Thesis                        1-5 
CHEM 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, 183, 183.1, 
  General Chemistry and Laboratory                15 
CHEM 361, 361.1, 362, 
  Organic Chemistry and Laboratory                 8 
Select from the following sequences:              15 
  PHYS 111, 111.1, 112, 112.1, 113, 113.1, 
    Introductory Physics (15) 
  PHYS 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, 183, 183.1, 
    General Physics (15) 
Select from the following:                      5-10 
  BIOL 441, Plant Physiology (5)
  BIOL 455, Zoophysiology (5) 
  BIOL 355 & 356, Human Anatomy & Physiology (10) 
Select from the following:                         5 
  BIOL 360, General Ecology (5) 
  BIOL 420, Environmental Microbiology (5) 
  BIOL 464, Terrestrial Plant Ecology (5)
                                      Total    74-83

Bachelor of Science Biology Major (1600)

The Bachelor of Science major offers the opportunity to specialize in a field of biology or work toward becoming a high school biology teacher. The degree can be designed to prepare the student for immediate entrance into a chosen profession or for preparation for graduate work. The specific program is to be designed by the student and the appropriate departmental advisor, and must be submitted for approval to the Department of Biological Science at least one academic year preceding graduation. A specialization may be stated on the transcript upon recommendation of the student's departmental advisor and approval by the Department.

CHEM 181 has a prerequisite of high school chemistry and qualification for MATH 163.1. PHYS 111 has a prerequisite of high school algebra and trigonometry. PHYS 181/181.1 has a prerequisite or corequisite of MATH 172.1, 172.2 and 272.1. A maximum of 15 credits in BIOL 490, BIOL 496, may be included in the major.

Core Requirements                               Credits 
BIOL 110, Basic Biology                            5 
BIOL 111, Plant Biology                            5 
BIOL 112, Animal Biology                           5 
BIOL 220, Introductory Cellular Biology            5 
BIOL 321, Genetics                                 5 
BIOL 470, Mechanisms of Evolution                  3 
BIOL 499.1, Senior Seminar OR
  BIOL 497, Honors Thesis                        1-5 
CHEM 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, 183, 183.1 
  General Chemistry and Laboratory                15 
CHEM 361, 361.1, 362, Organic Chemistry 
  and laboratory                                   8 
Select from the following:                      5-10 
  BIOL 441, Plant Physiology (5) 
  BIOL 455, Zoophysiology (5) 
  BIOL 355 & 356, Human Anatomy & Physiology (10) 
Select from the following:                         5 
  BIOL 360, General Ecology (5) 
  BIOL 420, Environmental Microbiology (5) 
  BIOL 464, Terrestrial Plant Ecology (5) 
                                 Core Total    62-71 
Department approved electives                  29-38 
                                 Total    100

Biology: Teaching Major (1602)

This major satisfies the Primary endorsement for Biology.

Required Courses                               Credits 
BIOL 110, Basic Biology                            5 
BIOL 111, Plant Biology                            5 
BIOL 112, Animal Biology                           5 
BIOL 220, Introductory Cellular Biology            5 
BIOL 321, Genetics                                 5 
BIOL 322, Introductory Microbiology                5 
  OR BIOL 323, Microbiology (5) 
BIOL 360, General Ecology                          5 
BIOL 300, Introduction to Evolution (5)          3-5 
  OR BIOL 470, Mechanisms of Evolution (3) 
Select from the following                       5-10
  BIOL 441, Plant Physiology (5)
  BIOL 355 & 356, Human Anatomy 
    and Physiology (5, 5) 
  BIOL 455, Zoophysiology (5) 
BIOL 492, Laboratory Experience in Teaching 
  Biological Sciences                              2 
BIOL 499.1, Senior Seminar                         1 
SCED 324, Science Education in Secondary SchooLS   4 
SCED 495, Science Education Research             1-3 
BIOL 498, Biotechnology for Teachers               3 
Select from the following sequence:            15-23 
  CHEM 181, 181.1, 182, 182.1, 183, 183.1 
    General Chemistry/Lab (15) 
  CHEM 361, 361.1, 362, Organic Chemistry (8) 
  OR CHEM 111, 111.1, 112, 112.1, 113, 113.1, 
    Introduction to Biochemistry/Lab (15) 

Students must also complete the 
  Teacher Education Sequence. 
                                     Total     66-81

 

Specializations

Several specializations are possible by proper selection of electives. Areas of specialization that can be completed through the department include:

General Biology (1610)
Environmental/Public Health Biology (1607)
Ecology (1608) Microbiology (1606)
Plant Sciences (1609)

For further information about these specializations contact the Department of Biological Sciences.

Microbiology students are eligible to become registered microbiologists (National Registry of Microbiologists, American Academy of Microbiology), upon completing the following requirements:

1. A minimum of a baccalaureate degree in Biological Science with 30 quarter credits in microbiology courses.

2. Acceptable experience equivalent to one year of full-time work in a microbiology laboratory related to the specialty area in which certification is sought. Experience must be gained within the immediate past three years.

Certification as a conditional registrant is offered to individuals who possess the academic qualifications for registered microbiologist, but who lack the required year of full-time laboratory experience.

Biology Minor (1600)

Not available to biology majors.

Required Courses                         Credits 
BIOL 110, Basic Biology                            5 
BIOL 111, Plant Biology                            5 
BIOL 112, Animal Biology                           5 
BIOL 220, Introductory Cellular Biology            5 
Electives in Biological Sciences                  13 
                                  Total    33

Biology: Teaching Elementary Minor (1603)

Required Courses                        Credits 
BISC 104, Fundamentals of Biology OR 
  BIOL 101, Fundamentals of Biology (5) OR 
  BIOL 110, Basic Biology (5)                      5 
BIOL 111, Plant Biology OR 
  BIOL 200, Plants in the Modern World             5 
BIOL 112, Animal Biology OR 
  BIOL 201, Human Physiology                       5 
BIOL 360, General Ecology OR 
  BIOL 300, Introduction to Evolution              5 
SCED 322, Science Education in the 
  Elementary School                                3 

                                  Total    23

Biology: Teaching Secondary Minor (1604)

This minor satisfies the Supporting endorsement for Biology.

In this minor, BIOL 101 can substitute for BIOL 110 as a prerequisite for BIOL 111 and BIOL 112.

Required Courses                         Credits 
BIOL 110, Basic Biology                            5 
BIOL 111, Plant Biology                            5 
BIOL 112, Animal Biology                           5 
BIOL 220, Introductory Cellular Biology            5 
BIOL 321, Genetics                                 5 
BIOL 323, Microbiology                             5 
BIOL 360, General Ecology                          5 
BIOL 492, Laboratory Experience in 
  Teaching Biological Sciences                     2 
SCED 324, Science Education in the 
  Secondary School                                 4 

                                 Total     41

Botany Minor (1700)

Not available to biology majors

Required Courses                        Credits 
BIOL 110, Basic Biology                            5 
BIOL 111, Plant Biology 5 
BIOL 220, Introductory Cellular Biology            5 
Electives in BIOL                                  8 

                                Total     23

Zoology Minor (8700)

Not available to biology majors

Required Courses                        Credits 
BIOL 110, Basic Biology                            5 
BIOL 112, Animal Biology                           5 
BIOL 220, Introductory Cellular Biology            5 
Electives in BIOL                                  8 
                                 Total     23