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Biology
Degree Requirements

NOTE: The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit a new Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form to the M Center.

Biology Major—BA
Biology Major—BS
Biology Major—BA, Concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Biology Major—BS, Concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Biology Major—BA, Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology
Biology Minor
Biology Major—BA
(a minimum of 54 semester course credits)

Required:

BIO 001–002 General Biology I and II (4; 4)

BIO 135 Genetics (4)

BIO 148 Principles of Evolution and Adaptation (3)

CHEM 017–018 General Chemistry I and II (4; 4)

CHEM 105–106 Organic Chemistry I and II (4; 4)

Note: Students are encouraged to take CHEM 105–106 (Organic Chemistry I and II) in the sophomore year; these courses must be taken no later than the junior year.

MATH 047 Calculus I (5) or
ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4)

Electives

Complete four additional upper-division biology courses, at least three of which must be courses with a lab, plus BIO 191, below.

Note: BIOC 141 may be substituted for one upper-division biology elective course.

Note: BIOC 142 Metabolism and Proteomics and BIOC 143 Analytical Biochemistry may together be counted as one upper-division course with lab.

Senior Requirement:

BIO 191 Senior Seminar (4)

Note: Students are required to take either BIO 135 or BIO 148, AND one additional upper-division biology course before taking BIO 191.

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Biology Major—BS
(a minimum of 38 semester course credits) and general BS requirements

Required:

BIO 002 General Biology II (4)

BIO 135 Genetics (4)

BIO 148 Principles of Evolution and Adaptation (3)

CHEM 105–106 Organic Chemistry I and II
(4; 4)

Electives

Complete four additional upper-division biology courses, at least three of which must be courses with a lab, plus BIO 191, below.

Note: BIOC 141 may be substituted for one upper-division biology course.

Note: BIOC 142 Metabolism and Proteomics and BIOC 143 Analytical Biochemistry may together be counted as one upper-division course with lab.

Senior Requirement:

BIO 191 Senior Seminar (4)

Note: Students are required to take either BIO 135 or BIO 148, AND one additional upper-division biology course before taking BIO 191.

Note: The additional math course in the natural science and mathematics core for the BS must be a course in statistics.

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Biology Major—BA, Concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
(a minimum of 50 semester course credits)

Required:

BIO 001–002 General Biology I and II (4; 4)

BIO 125 Principles of Ecology (4)

BIO 135 Genetics (4)

BIO 148 Evolution(3)

CHEM 017–018 General Chemistry I and II (4; 4)

CHEM 105 Organic Chemistry I (4)

MATH 047 Calculus I (5) or
ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4)

Plus three additional upper-division biology courses, at least two of which must be courses with a lab, plus BIO 191, chosen from:

BIO 100 Microbiology (4)

BIO 144 Animal Behavior (3)

BIO 145 Community and Ecosystem Ecology (3)

BIO 149 Conservation Biology (4)

BIO 155 Plant Ecology (4)

BIO 158 Marine Biology (4)

BIO 161 Vertebrate Biology (4)

Senior Requirement:

BIO 191 Senior Seminar (4)

Note: Students are required to take either BIO 135 or BIO 148, and one additional upper-division biology course before taking BIO 191.

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Biology Major—BS, Concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
(a minimum of 34 semester course credits) and general BS requirements

Required:

BIO 002 General Biology II (4)

BIO 125 Principles of Ecology (4)

BIO 135 Genetics (4)

BIO 148 Evolution (3)

CHEM 105 Organic Chemistry I (4)

Plus three additional upper-division biology courses, at least two of which must be courses with a lab, plus BIO 191, chosen from:

BIO 100 Microbiology (4)

BIO 144 Animal Behavior (3)

BIO 145 Community and Ecosystem Ecology (3)

BIO 149 Conservation Biology (4)

BIO 155 Plant Ecology (4)

BIO 158 Marine Biology (4)

BIO 161 Vertebrate Biology (4)

Senior Requirement:

BIO 191 Senior Seminar (4)

Note: Students are required to take either BIO 135 or BIO 148, and one additional upper-division biology course before taking BIO 191.

Note: The additional math course in the natural science and mathematics core for the BS must be a course in statistics.

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Biology Major—BA, Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology
(a minimum of 54 semester course credits)

Required:

BIO 001–002 General Biology I and II (4; 4)

BIO 135 Genetics (4)

BIO 148 Evolution (3)

CHEM 017–018 General Chemistry I and II (4; 4)

CHEM 105–106 Organic Chemistry I and II (4; 4)

MATH 047 Calculus I (5) or
ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4)

Complete four additional upper-division biology courses as follows:

BIOC 141 Protein Chemistry and Enzymology (3)

And three additional upper-division electives with lab chosen from:

BIO 100 Microbiology (4)

BIO 133 Molecular Cell Biology (4)

BIO 136 Developmental Biology (4)

BIO 175 Neurobiology (4)

BIO 181 Immunology (4)

Senior Requirement:

BIO 191 Senior Seminar (4)


Note: Students are required to take either BIO 135 or BIO 148, and one additional upper-division biology course before taking BIO 191.

Note: BIOC 141 must be taken in the first semester of the junior year.

Note: BIOC 142 Metabolism and Proteomics and BIOC 143 Analytical Biochemistry may together be counted as one upper-division course with lab.

Note: Students are encouraged to take CHEM 105–106 (Organic Chemistry I and II) in the sophomore year; these courses must be taken no later than the junior year.

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Biology Minor
(a minimum of 17 semester course credits)

Required:

BIO 001–002 General Biology I and II (4; 4)

BIO 125 Principles of Ecology (4) or
BIO 148 Evolution (3) or
BIO 135 Genetics (4)

And select two additional upper-division biology courses.

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Last Updated: 3/3/16