Curriculum in General Biology

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Freshman Fall Semester Freshman Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
23-101 General Biology I 4 23-102 General Biology II 4
24-101 General and Analytical Chem. I 4 24-102 General and Analytical Chem. II 4
01-101 English Composition I 3 01-102 English Composition II 3
  Social Science 3 25-122 Trigonometry 3
23-191 University Seminar I 1 23-192 University Seminar II 1
      23-194 Intro. to Biology Professions 1
           
  Total Credits 15   Total Credits 16
Sophomore Fall Semester Sophomore Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
23-215 Cell Biology 4 23-210 Genetics 4
24-301 Organic Chemistry I 4 24-302 Organic Chemistry II 4
16-100 Fitness and Wellness 2   Literature 3
  Statistics 3   History 3
01-200 Speech 3 23-299 Soph. Seminar – Sci. Literature 1
           
  Total Credits 16   Total Credits 15
Junior Fall Semester Junior Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
23-310 Molecular Biology 4 24-403 Biochemistry OR  
23-205 Ecology 4 23-422 Biochemical Mechanisms 4
23-xxx Biology Elective 4 31-395 Global Societies 3
26-111 Introduction to Physics I 4 26-112 Introduction to Physics II 4
      23-399 Junior Seminar-Sci. Writing* 1
      23-xxx Biology Elective 4
           
  Total Credits 16   Total Credits 16
Senior Fall Semester Senior Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
  Arts and Humanities 3   Arts and Humanities 3
23-xxx Biology Elective 4 23-xxx Biology Elective 4
23-xxx Biology Elective 4   Open Elective 3-4
23-301 Problems in Biology OR     Open Elective 3-4
23-451 Senior Research (Capstone I)** 2 23-499 Senior Seminar (Capstone II)** 1
           
  Total Credits 13   Total Credits 14-16
Total Credits: 121-123

** Senior Capstone
*   Writing Intensive Course(s)

BIOLOGY ELECTIVES: Students must not take less than 18 credits of Biology courses from the course elective list below. These are the only ones that can satisfy the Biology elective requirement for this track.  Substitutions can be requested, under special circumstances, but written approval of advisor and Chair is needed.

The Curriculum Tracks are designed for the intended career goal, including anticipation of entrance examinations, so students should adhere to the suggested sequence.  It is advisable for the student to check possible post graduate school requirements during their Junior year to ensure that satisfy expectations of intended graduate/profession choices.

REQUIREMENTS:  Students can not take either 23-210 or 23-215 without first passing both 23-101 and 23-102 with a grade of "C" or better.  In order for a student to take any 300 or 400 level Biology Department course, they must also pass both 23-210 and 23-215 with a "C" or better.  These grade requirements take precedence over, and supersede any lesser specific prerequisites of all 300 or 400 level Biology electives.  All students must pass the Biology Comprehensive Assessment (BCA) examination of core courses given to all students in 23-399.  If they do not pass, then the student must take 23-498 and pass the BCA, which is required for successful completion of this course, and the biology program.

SPECIAL NOTES:    For all programs and tracks, a grade of “C” or better is required for all Biology courses.     For the Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology and for the Health Professions tracks, a grade of “C” or better is also required in all CMNST courses.

All Biology majors must complete an independent research project.  Those who have completed a research project with a biology faculty member (e.g. 23-301 for credit, or via a paid stipend) prior to the beginning of their senior year, and especially if the project was an internship at another institution, the student must present their data to their advisor in order to be exempted from the required Senior Capstone I course.  If they have not completed a research project, or their internship is inadequate, then they must register for 23-451or 452 to complete a Capstone research project.

If you take, 23-422 instead of 24-403, then you will need to take another Chemistry course if you want a minor in Chemistry – Instrumental Analysis (24-306) with lab is suggested.  Another set of courses the student can consider is Physics-317 (Foundations of Bioengineering) and Physics 409 (Biosensors and Bio-instrumentation) as electives with advisor, instructor, and Biology Chair approval.

All Biology majors are required to successfully complete Senior Seminar (Capstone II, 23-499), no exceptions.

General Note:  The minimum University requirement for graduation is 121 hours; in Biology you will usually complete between 121-125 hours depending on selections.

General Biology

Biology Electives: 
(at least one from each group I, II, III)
Open Electives:
23-200 Invertebrate Zoology (III) 30-311 Mammalogy
23-302 Comp. Vertebrate Anatomy (I) 30-312 Ornithology
23-305 Developmental Biology (I) 30-314 Ichthyology
23-315 Behavior (III) 30-465 Marine Biology
23-322 Microbiology (II) 30-456 Wetlands Biology
23-352 Histology (II) 29-205 Plant Physiology
23-420 Immunology (I) 29-212 General Botany
23-421 Microbial Physiol and Ecology (II) 29-213 Systematic Botany
23-205 Ecology (III)