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Biology Major Requirements and Emphasis Options

Biology major (78-86 credits)

Required biology core courses (58-60)

  • BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology (15)
  • CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (15)
  • BI 314 Introductory Genetics (4)
  • BI 315 Cell Biology (4)
  • BI 316 Evolution (4)
  • BI 331 General Microbiology (4)
  • BI 357 General Ecology

Field Biology (choose one): (4-5)

  •  BI 317 Vertebrate Natural History (4)
  •  BI 321 Systematic Field Botany (4)
  •  BI 361 Marine Ecology (5)
  • BI 451 Invertebrate Zoology (5)
  •  BI 454 Plant Ecology (4)
  •  BI 474 Biology of Insects (5)

Plant Biology (choose one): (4-5)

  •  BI 321 Systematic Field Botany (4)
  •  BI 330 Plant Physiology (5)
  •  BI 340 Plant Nutrition (4)
  •  BI 371 Structure of Seed Plants (4)
  •  BI 454 Plant Ecology (4)

All biology majors must complete MTH 112 (or MTH 251 or MTH 252) and MTH 243.

Additional MTH courses are required for some emphases.

BI 406 credit may be substituted for one course in the selected emphasis with pre-approval

of the student’s Biology advisor.

Each course can fulfill only one specified requirement within the major

Biology majors must select one of the six emphasis areas:

General Biology

Botany

Molecular / Cell

Natural History / Field Biology

Pre-professional

Zoology

Biology program notes:

1. Biology majors, regardless of the emphasis,
are required to maintain a C average in
courses that are used to satisfy biology
degree requirements.

2. Students graduating in the various emphases
of the biology major are required to
take a standardized exit exam in their last
year.

Contact

Biology Department

(503) 838-8452 | or e-mail: duttonb@wou.edu