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Biology: Teaching Major, B.S.

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The BS major offers undergraduate students a degree program with depth of training in the biological sciences and supporting fields. This program prepares students for immediate entrance into careers in biological sciences or for graduate work (for preparation for teaching high school biology, see biology teaching major). Students may choose a general BS degree (no specialization), or a specialization in one of three areas: cell and molecular biology, ecology, or organismal biology (these will be indicated on the student’s transcripts). Students consult with the appropriate biology advisor for approval of their BS program and electives, which must be submitted for approval to the biological sciences department at least one academic year preceding graduation. All students in the BS biology major must complete all BS core requirements, plus additional specific requirements if they choose a specialization. A maximum of 15 credits in BIOL 295, BIOL 490, BIOL 495, and BIOL 496 may be included in the major. CHEM 181 has a prerequisite of high school chemistry and qualification for MATH 153. BIOL 360 has a prerequisite of MATH 153.


Required Courses

  • BIOL 181 - General Biology I - Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 182 - General Biology II - Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 183 - General Biology III - Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 213 - Introductory Biostatistics - Credits: (4)
  • BIOL 321 - Genetics - Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 322 - Introductory Microbiology - Credits: (5)
  • OR...
  • BIOL 323 - Microbiology - Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 360 - General Ecology - Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 427 - Biotechnology for Teachers - Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 470 - Mechanisms of Evolution - Credits: (3)
  • BIOL 492 - Laboratory Experience in Teaching Biological Sciences - Credits: (2)
  • SCED 324 - Science Education in Secondary Schools I - Credits: (3)
  • SCED 325 - Science Education in Secondary Schools II - Credits: (3)
  • SCED 401 - Interdisciplinary Secondary Science Inquiry - Credits: (5)
  • SCED 487 - Teaching Secondary Science Seminar - Credits: (2)

Select Either: Credits: (5-10)

  • BIOL 355 - Human Anatomy and Physiology - Credits: (5)
  • And...
  • BIOL 356 - Human Anatomy and Physiology - Credits: (5)
  • Or...
  • BIOL 441 - Plant Physiology - Credits: (5)
  • Or...
  • BIOL 455 - Zoophysiology - Credits: (5)

Chemistry Requirements - Credits: (23)

  • CHEM 181 - General Chemistry I - Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 181LAB - General Chemistry I Laboratory - Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 182 - General Chemistry II - Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 182LAB - General Chemistry II Laboratory - Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 183 - General Chemistry III - Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 183LAB - General Chemistry III Laboratory - Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 361 - Organic Chemistry I - Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 361LAB - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I - Credits: (2)
  • CHEM 362 - Organic Chemistry II - Credits: (3)


Core Total Credits: 85-90


Organismal Diversity Requirements:

All students in the biology BS program must take at least one advanced (300- or 400-level) animal course, one advanced plant course, and one advanced course covering other organisms (fungi, protists, bacteria, viruses). These courses may be contained within the core or taken as electives. See department for list of approved courses in each category. These need not be additional courses already included to satisfy other major requirements.



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