Departmental Major Programs - Biology, Molecular Biology

 

Major Program: Biology


Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science

Requirements for a major in biology are met by taking a minimum of 64 semester hours in major courses which must include the following:

  1. BIO 201, 202, 203 and 206;
  2. Three courses at 300-level (one course from each of three concentrations):
        - Cell Biology and Genetics: BIO 301 or 302 or 303 or 304
        - Evolution, Form and Function: BIO 334 or 337 or 338 or 363, or both 335 and 336
        - Biodiversity and Ecology: BIO 360 or 361
  3. Eight semester hours of elective courses that must be numbered 300 or above, (excluding BIO 560-590, and limited to no more than four semester hours of BIO 620-650 and eight semester hours of BIO 660-690);
  4. Senior Capstone BIO 601 and 602.  Honors Scholars majoring in Biology or Molecular Biology are expected to attend and participate in BIO 601 while they write their Honors proposal.

Supporting courses for the major in biology that are required:  CHE 117*, CHE 261*, PHY 141*

Twelve additional semester hours of supporting courses from CHE 180, CHE 230, CHE 262, CHE 380, MTH 131or MTH 150, MTH 152, PHY 142, and CS 151. Courses must be chosen from at least two different disciplines.

No grade lower than C- may be counted toward any requirement for the major.

* NOTE: Many professional and graduate schools require one full year of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and introductory physics for admission. Specific biology courses may also be recommended for particular professional or graduate programs. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill the specific admission requirements for any prospective professional or graduate school.

 

 

Major Program: Molecular Biology


Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science

Program coordinators: Dr. Joshua Corrette-Bennett, Dr. Karen Resendes

Requirements for a major in molecular biology are met by taking a minimum of 64 semester hours in courses for the major.  The first curriculum applies to students who entered prior to January, 2011.  The second curiiculum applies to students who enter in the Fall of 2011.

Curriculum for students who entered prior to January, 2011:
  1. Foundations — BIO 201, 202, 203 and 206;
  2. Courses specific for the major — BIO 301, 302, 303 and 401;
  3. At least four semester hours of research, as BIO 560-590, 620-650, or 660-690;
  4. Senior Capstone BIO 601 and 602.  Honors Scholars majoring in Biology or Molecular Biology are expected to attend and participate in BIO 601 while they write their Honors proposal.

Supporting courses for the major in molecular biology: CHE 117*, CHE 261*, CHE 262*, CHE 380, MTH 131 or 150, and PHY 141* or 151*.

Curriculum for students who enter in the Fall of 2011:
  1. Foundations - BIO 201, 202, 203 and 206;
  2. Courses specific for the major - BIO 302 and 303
  3. Three Electives:
        - one of the following: BIO 401 or 403;
        - one of the following: BIO 301 or 304 or 334;
        - a third elective from the following: 301 or 304 or 334 or 338 or 401 or 403;
  4. At least four semester hours of research, as BIO 560-590, 620-650, or 660-690;
  5. Senior Capstone BIO 601 and 602.  Honors Scholars majoring in Biology or Molecular Biology are expected to attend and participate in BIO 601 while they write their Honors proposal.

Supporting courses for the major in molecular biology: CHE 117*, CHE 261, CHE 262* or CHE 380, MTH 131 or MYH 150 or MTH 152, and PHY 141* or 151*.

No grade lower than C- may be counted toward any requirement for the major.

* NOTE: Many professional and graduate schools require one full year of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and introductory physics for admission. Specific biology courses may also be recommended for particular professional or graduate programs. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill the specific admission requirements for any prospective professional or graduate school.

Undergraduate Catalog


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