STANDARD FOR  A BIOLOGY MAJOR

It is in the best long-term interest of the students that their fitness for the biology major be assessed as early as possible. Students that require multiple repetition of basic mathematics, chemistry and core biology courses will be assisted in making the necessary adjustments to continue or in making a transition to a more suitable major. A student will attain cautionary status if upon the completion of the Freshman year, the student has received at least one "D" or "E" grade in either Biology 100, 140, 141, 120, 121, 230, 231 or a "D" or "E" grade in Chemistry 231 and Mathematics 107 whenever taken. Cautionary status will come with instructions on obtaining tutorial and other advisory assistance to aid students in successfully pursuing the requirements for the biology major. The accumulation of four grades of "D" and "E" in any combination of the aforementioned courses and Biology 250 and 251, regardless as to whether either was successfully repeated, will result in the forced transition to a different major.

Required Biology Courses 
BIOL 120,121 Organismic Biology & Laboratory 4 hrs
BIOL 140,141 Environmental Biology & Laboratory 4 hrs
BIOL 230,231 Cell & Genetic Biology & Laboratory 4 hrs
BIOL 250,251 Molecular Cell & Genetic Biology & Laboratory 4 hrs
BIOL 401 Seminar in Biology 1 hr

Electives in Biology
Nineteen (19) additional hours of Biology must be selected in consultation with student's Biology advisor. No grade less than "C" in any Biology course counts as credit toward graduation.

Required Related Courses
CHEM 231,233 General Chemistry I & Laboratory 5 hrs
CHEM 232,234 General Chemistry II & Laboratory 5 hrs
CHEM 320,322 Organic Chemistry I & Laboratory 5 hrs
CHEM 321,323 Organic Chemistry II & Laboratory 5 hrs
PHYS 301,303 Elementary General Physics I & Lab 4 hrs

or
PHYS 310,313 General Physics I & Laboratory
PHYS 302,304 Elementary General Physics II & Lab 4 hrs

or

PHYS 311,314 General Physics II & Laboratory
MATH 107 College Algebra & Trigonometry I 4 hrs
MATH 108 College Algebra & Trigonometry II 4 hrs

Minor in Biology 
All students wishing to minor in Biology must enroll in twenty (20) hours of Biology courses.  Eight of the hours must be the following courses:

BIOL 120/121 Organismic Biology and Laboratory 4 hrs
BIOL 230/231 Cell and Genetic Biology and Laboratory 4 hrs

Twelve additional hours should be selected from approved Biology electives from 200 to 500 level courses. It is advised that students consult with a Biology faculty member before enrolling in the elective courses.

 

 

  

 

Biology Curriculum

 

 

 

 

Freshman Year

 

Fall Semester                                                                                                         

Credits

BIOL 230 (serves as Introductory biology I)                                                            

 3

BIOL 231 (Intro biology laboratory)                                                                          

 1

OREN 100 General Orientation                                                                                        

 1

ENGL 101 English Composition                                                                                     

 3

CHEM 231 Gen Chemistry                                                                                          

 4

CHEM 233 Gen Chemistry Laboratory                                                                         

 1

MATH 107 College Algebra & Trigonometry                                                                

 4

                                                                                                                

 Total         17 credits

 

 

Spring Semester                                                                                                     

Credits

BIOL 120 (serves as Intro Bio II)                                                                                     

 3

BIOL 121 (lab II)                                                                                                            

 1

OREN 101 Gen Orientation II                                                                                           

 1

ENGL 102                                                                                                                        

 3

CHEM 232                                                                                                                     

 4

CHEM 234 (LAB)                                                                                                           

 1

MATH 108 (college algebra and Trig II)                                                                           

 4

                                                                                                                

Total         17 credits

 

 

Sophomore Year

 

Fall Semester                                                                                                         

 Credits

BIOL 250/251 (FOCUS on cell biology)                                                                                 

 4

CHEM 320 Organic I                                                                                                      

 3

CHEM 322 Organic lab                                                                                                    

 2

MATH 207 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I                                                                     

 4

PHED Physical Education Elective                                                                                    

 1

Elective (CSCI 100)                                                                                                                 

 3

                                                                                                            

Total         18 credits

 

 

Spring Semester                                                                                                    

 Credits

BIOL 305 Animal Physiology

 4

CHEM 321                                                                                                                    

 3

CHEM 323                                                                                                                     

 2

PHED Physical Education Elective 

 1

PSYC 270 Introduction to Psychology 

 3

FPAR/MUSC Creative Expression Elective

 2

ENGL 203/204 Critical Thinking & Technical Writing              

 3

                                                                                                            

Total         18 credits

 

 

Junior Year

 

Fall Semester                                                                                                   

Credits

BIOL 309 Genetics

3

PHYS 310 General Physics I                                                   

3

PHYS 313 General Physics I Lab                                                                                            

1

PSY 306 or EVSC 500 (Statistics)                                                                                 

3

HIST 103 World Civilization I                             

3

SOCI 240 Introduction to Sociology 

 3

                                                                                                               

Total         17 credits 

   

Spring Semester                                                                                                 

Credits

BIOL 360 Biochemistry of Cell Regulation              

 3

BIOL 360 Biochemistry of Cell Regulation Lab

    1

PHYS 311 General Physics I                                                                                                  

 3

PHYS 314  General Physics II Lab                                                      

 1

PHIL 325 Philosophy of Science                         

 3

HIST 104 World Civilization II                                                                      

 3

                                                                                                                

 Total         14 credits

 

 

Senior Year

 

Fall Semester                                                                                                     

Credits 

Biology Elective(s)*                                                                                                     

7

BIOL 401 Senior Biology Seminar                                                                               

1

Electives                                                                                                                  

4

                                                                                                                

 Total         12 credits

 

 

Spring Semester                                                                                                

Credits

Biology Elective(s)*                                                                                                   

 6

Electives                                                                                                                    

6

                                                                                                                

Total         12 credits

All courses counting towards the major must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher.
# All majors must take at least two semesters of quantitative sciences (one of which must be Calculus and the other must be Bio-Statistics).
* Students can either take unrelated courses in subfields of biology for their required twelve credits of biology electives or pursue a concentration in molecular genetics, neurobiology, ecology, or microbiology. A concentration will require nine credits in one of the aforementioned subfields. Undergraduate research (BIOL 400) may be used for up to three credits of the Biology/Biology concentration elective requirement.
Advanced placement biology credits are not accepted for substitution of any biology course requirement for the Biology major.

Core Competencies
Creative Expression: Level I (Must complete 2hrs): FPAR 101, MUSC 208, MUSC 110, MUSC 111, MUSC 112, and MUSC 113; Level II (Must complete 3hrs): ENGL 205, ENGL 206, ENGL 207, ENGL 208, and ENGL 220
Computational, Informational, and Technological Skills: CSCI 100, 110, 227, 229, 401, 402, 429
Political, Social, and Cultural Understanding: FPAR 110, PHIL 211, FPAR 203, FPAR 204, POLS 200, POLS 201, SOCI 240 SOCI 241, PSYC 270, PSYC 272, ECON 201, ECON 202, ECON 203, ECON 204, HIST 210, HIST 211
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking: PHIL 203, PHIL 204, PHIL 212, PHIL 237, PHIL 205

Free Electives
Area 1 (Communication): ENGL 201, 309, 324, 327, 332, PHIL 238, SOWK 354
Area 2 (Foreign Language)
Area 3 (Mathematical Reasoning): MATH 207 or 227, 208, 209, 407; PHIL 237
Area 4 (Chemical Analysis): CHEM 237, 238, 307, 308, 401, 403, 402, 404, 541
Area 5 (Business): BUSN 102, 211, 212, 311, 312, 331, 351
Area 6 (Bioethics): PHIL 203, 204, 205, 325, 347, 350; Sociology 470
Area 7 (Computer Technology): CSCI 100, 110, 227, 229, 401, 402, 429

In order to fulfill the diversification requirements for upper-level courses, biology majors will need to take at least one upper-level lecture course in Category I and II. Additionally, students may not take more than two courses from Category III.

Category I (At minimum one):
BIOL140/141 Environmental Biology
BIOL 302 Vertebrate Embryology
BIOL Medical Parasitology
BIOL206 General Botany
BIOL311 Ecology
BIOL305Animal Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 0204. Invertebrate Zoology

Category II (At minimum one):
BIOL 340 Cell Biology
BIOL 315 Neurobiology
BIOL Neurophysiology
BIOL Renal Physiology
BIOL/CHEM 360 Biochemistry
BIOL 368 Bioinformatics
BIOL 518 Immunology
BIOL 305Neuroendocrinology
BIOL 309 Genomics
BIOL 301/303 Microbiology/Micro Lab
NUSC 302 Nutritional Biochemistry


Category III (Eligible BIOL Electives, No more than 2):
PSYC 567 Abnormal Psychology
PHSC Human Anatomy & Physiology I
PHSC Human Anatomy &Physiology II
HLSC 303 Medical Terminology
Medical Nutritional Therapy I
Medical Nutritional Therapy II
BIOL400 Undergraduate Research
CHEM 561, Biochemistry I
CHEM 562, Biochemistry Lab I
EVSC 500 Biostatistics
NUSC 580 International Nutrition Problems & Policies
NUSC 111Nutrition, Wellness, and Health
**Other courses are subject to advisor and dept head approval