Biology Major Requirements

Biology Major (62-63 semester hours)

BIO 115Principles of Biology: Evolution, Diversity, and Biology of Animals4
BIO 116Principles of Biology: Evolution, Diversity, and Biology of Plants4
BIO 117Principles of Biology: Evolution, Diversity, and Biology Cells4
Four courses, one of which must be from each group listed below:16
Group I
and 272L
Introduction to Marine Biology
Introduction to Marine Biology Lab
BIO-321Environmental Microbiology 
BIO-335Modern Plant Biology 
BIO-340Evolutionary Biology 
BIO-350General Ecology 
BIO-372Behavior of Marine Organisms: An Evolutionary Approach 
MAR-325Marine Vertebrates: Fish to Mammals 
Group II
BIO-300Developmental Biology 
BIO-305Vertebrate Physiology 
BIO-315Medical Microbiology 
BNS-375Neuroethology: The Neural Circuits of Behavior 
One course from the following: 3
BIO 400Seminar in Cellular and Molecular Biology 
BNS 415Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience 
BIO 416Bioinformatics 
BIO 420Seminar in Organismal Biology 
BIO 450Seminar in Ecology and Evolution 
Chemistry 16
CHE 120
Principles of Chemistry3
CHE 121
Principles of Chemistry Lab1
CHE 122
Introduction to Chemical Systems3
CHE 123
Quantitative Methods Lab1
CHE 211
Organic Chemistry I4
CHE 214
Organic Chemistry II4
BCH 325, 326, 330, 331 strongly recommended.
Two courses from the following:
MTH-105Algebra and Trigonometry 


Introduction to Applied Statistics
Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences
MTH-210Calculus I 
MTH-211Calculus II 
Physics 8
and 100L

Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics I Lab
General Physics I
and 101L

Principles of Physics II
Principles of Physics II Lab
General Physics II

Note: Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in BIO-115, BIO-116 and BIO-117 to meet their major requirements and before enrolling in upper-level courses for which these courses are prerequisites.

Department of Biology Course Repeat Policy
The following guidelines apply to courses offered by the Department of Biology. Students may repeat any biology (BIO) or behavioral neuroscience (BNS) course once without special permission. A course will be considered repeated if the student has previously earned a letter grade in the course, or if the student has previously withdrawn from the course during Withdrawal II or Withdrawal III. If a student wishes to retake a biology or behavioral neuroscience course a third time, written permission must be obtained from the departmental chair before the registrar will allow the student to enroll in that course.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2013-2014 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.