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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Major, BS

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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.

Biology Core Requirements

Organic Chemistry and Laboratory Credits: 8

Core Total Credits: 61

Organismal diversity requirement:

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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