Majors & Minors in Biology
Specialties within the major:
- General Biology
- Biology Pre-professional - Medical, dental, vet, graduate schools, etc.
- Biology Pre-Physician Assistant (Pre-PA)
- Biology Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT)
- Biology with Teacher Licensure
- Biochemistry (multi-disciplinary degree in conjunction with Department of Chemistry and Physics)
See the following brochures for additional information:
- Biological Sciences
- Biology Pre-Physician Assistant
- Biology Pre-Professional
- General Science (Minor)
Majors and Concentrations in Biology
Requirements for a Major in Biology
A major in biology (B.S. degree) may be obtained within a general curriculum or one which follows specific guidelines for physicians assistant, physical therapy, teacher licensure, or pre-professional (preparation for graduate or professional schools) studies. The student majoring in biology must complete a minimum of 39 hours in biology, and these must include credit for BIOL 111, 201, 202, 203, 205, 327, 342, 451, and one of the following: 430, 437 or 438. Students are encouraged to complete more than the minimum number of hours in biology. Ancillary requirements include MATH 112 (or 122) and 160; CHEM 111, 113, and 227; and PHYS 221 and 222 or PHYS 251 and 252.
Requirements for a Major in Biology with a Pre-Professional Concentration
A major in Biology may be obtained which follows specific guidelines for entering post-baccalaureate studies in the medical professions, or biological research of various kinds. In addition to the requirements for a major in biology, the student following this track in biology must also complete CHEM 228 and MATH 122. Pre-professional students should tailor their biology electives and open electives to meet the requirements of their specific professional area of focus, in consultation with their academic adviser. The Pre-Professional Concentration requires students to earn a grade of " C" or higher in all science courses (biology, chemistry, and physics.)
Requirements for a Major in Biology with a Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration
A major in Biology may be obtained which follows specific guidelines for entering post baccalaureate studies in physical therapy. In addition to the requirements for a major in biology, the student following this track in biology must also complete BIOL 221, 310, 320; PSYC 222; EXER 425 and 426. Recommended courses in the sciences include: BIOL 334, 350, 430 and EXER 311 or 326. Recommended courses in the social sciences include a minimum of six additional hours in Sociology or Psychology. Students should maintain documentation of work experience in physical therapy settings. Students following this concentration should check with physical therapy graduate programs to verify specific requirements of the individual programs.
Requirements for a Major in Biology with a Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration
A major in Biology may be obtained which follows specific guidelines for entering studies in physician assistant programs. In addition to the requirements for a Major in Biology, the student following this track in biology must also complete BIOL 221, 310, 320, 334, 430; and CHEM 228. PA programs vary in their requirements for work experience in the medical field. Most applicants range from 25 years of experience, including volunteer work, nursing experience, laboratory work and military experience.
Requirements for Major in Biology with Teacher Licensure
Students seeking secondary teacher certification in biology must complete a minimum of 35 hours in biology, including credit for the biology courses listed for a major in biology. They must also complete PSYC 222; SOCI 345; EDUC 221, 223, 230, 330, 331, 430, 432, 440, 441, and 458; and SIED 453 and 454.
Requirements for a Major in Biochemistry
A candidate for the Bachelor’s degree with a major in biochemistry must satisfactorily complete the following courses in biology and chemistry:
Biology requirements include BIOL 111, 201, 342, 350, 430 and 508 for a total of twenty-four semester hours. Chemistry requirements include CHEM 111, 113, 215, 227, 228, and 334 for a total of twenty-four semester hours. In addition, students are required to take one science seminar course (e.g. BIOL 451, CHEM 451, or CHEM 452) and 9 credit hours of electives selected from the following list:
BIOL 205, BIOL 250, BIOL 315, BIOL 334, BIOL 335, BIOL 441, BIOL 465, CHEM 331, CHEM 441, CHEM 442, CHEM 445, CHEM 446, PHYS 341, PHYS 342. Research (BIOL 441, CHEM 445, and CHEM 446) cannot be taken for more than 4 of the 9 credits of biochemistry electives. Two semesters of calculus (MATH 122, 223), statistics (MATH 160) and one year of calculus-based physics (PHYS 251, 252) are required of a biochemistry major. Candidates who are considering graduate studies are recommended to take an additional year of calculus and an additional 300 or 400 level BIOL or CHEM course as electives.
Minors in Biology
Requirements for a Minor in Biology Students wishing to minor in biology may do so by completing BIOL 111 and an additional sixteen semester hours in biology courses numbered at the 200-level or above. The sixteen hours must include a minimum of three courses with laboratory.
Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Science (ENVS) Students wishing to minor in environmental science may do so by completing ENVS 111, ENVS 112, and an additional ten semester hours in cognate courses chosen in consultation with the environmental science (ENVS) program adviser.
Requirements for a General Science Minor Students wishing to obtain the General Science Minor must complete a total of 32 hours of laboratory science courses in the fields of physics, chemistry, and biology including:
Physics: 8 hours as defined below: PHYS 221 and 222; or PHYS 251 and 252; and
Chemistry: 16 hours as defined below: CHEM 111, 113, 227; and one of the following CHEM 215 or 228; and
Biological Sciences:8 hours as defined below: BIOL 111 and one of the following: BIOL 201, BIOL 202, BIOL 203, BIOL/ENVS 204, BIOL 220, BIOL 221, BIOL 223, BIOL/ENVS 224, BIOL/ENVS 226, or BIOL/ENVS 241.