Biology (B.S.)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of discipline- specific content related to macro- principles describing the 3 domains of biology and the molecular nature of life.
  2. Students will use critical thinking by demonstrating the ability to recognize the components of a problem, formulate a strategy to solve the problem, apply comprehensive scientific knowledge to execute a solution and then evaluate the effectiveness of the solution.
  3. Students will demonstrate communication skills reflective of professional standards consistent biology-related associations (i.e. FASEB).
  4. Students will demonstrate discipline- specific core laboratory and calculation- based skills related to the characterization and classification of life forms, their components and habitats and in the molecular analysis of living species.
  5. Students will demonstrate readiness for post-baccalaureate entry into a workforce or acceptance into graduate or professional programs in Biology and/or health professions.
  6. Students will demonstrate global perspective in their understanding of how biological factors affect economics, health, technology and the environment.



BIO 101FD: T1:Principles of Biology I3
BIO 101LPrinciples of Biology I: Lab1
BIO 102Principles of Biology II3
BIO 102LPrinciples of Biology II: Lab1
BIO 103Intro Research Immersion1
BIO 390Biology Internship1-3
BIO 436Senior Capstone Experience2
Biology Electives
BIO Upper-Division Electives (11 hrs. at 300-level or higher). Only two credits max of BIO 411/412 can be used toward electives. 120
CHEM 101FD:T1:Princ of Chemistry I3
CHEM 101LPrinciples of Chemistry I: Lab1
CHEM 102Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM 102LPrinciples of Chemistry II:Lab1
CHEM 201/201LOrganic Chemistry I4
or CHEM 221 Essentials of Organc Chemistry
PHYS 101Principles of Physics I3
or PHYS 201 Physics with Calculus I
PHYS 101LPrinciples of Physics I: Lab1
6 hours from below
MATH 155Elementary Functions I3
MATH 156Elementary Functions II3
MATH 210ACalculus I3
MATH 211Calculus II3
MATH 221Statistics3
Total Hours63-65

If BIO 209 & BIO 210 are taken, one may count as an upper division elective.

All courses required in the major must be completed with a "C-" or better in order to satisfy the major. If a student places into MATH 156, then they only need to complete MATH 156 to fulfill the math requirement. If a student places into MATH 210A, then they have completed the Math requirement for this major. If MATH 221 is required, it must still be taken.  Incoming students need to place into MATH 104 in order to enroll in BIO 101 and MATH 155 to enroll in CHEM 101.

Recommended for some graduate programs: PHYS 102 & 102L.

During BIO 103 Introductory Research Immersion, students will work with a biology faculty member to design an individualized plan for their biology electives.  This plan must be signed off by both student and biology faculty member.  Changes to the plan must be approved by the student's biology content advisor.