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Biology Department
 

Biology Degrees

General Biology, Biology Education, and Specialized/Pre-Professional Options

Students seeking a strong background in biology may complete one of the following Biology Degree options, earning either a B.A. or a B.S.  The distinction between a B.A. or B.S. in either track is defined by specific university criteria in the general catalog.  The General Biology and Biology Education Majors are recommended for individuals seeking a strong general background and is most appropriate for students going on to secondary education/masters in teaching. The Specialized/Pre-Professional option is most appropriate for persons planning to pursue advanced professional (e.g. medical or dental school) or graduate study in more specialized sub-disciplines of biology.   The Molecular/Biochemistry degree option is a Natural Science Degree and also is appropriate for either career track. Biology majors must have a 2.00 GPA in courses that are counted to satisfy the major requirements.

Biology minors must pass the majors introductory series (Bi211-213) and take an additional 15 advanced electives in biology, with approval of a biology advisor.
 

General Biology Degree

Principles of Biology Series (12 credits)
     Bi211, 212, 213

Biology Core Courses (16 credits)
     Bi331, 341, 357, 388, 446

General Chemistry Series (12 credits)
     Ch221, 222, 223

Math OPTION (8-10 credits)
     (CS161 and Mth 243)  OR (Mth 251 and 252)

Systematic Field Botany (Bi321, 4 credits)

Elements of Geology (G351, 3 credits)

General Biology OPTION (one of the following):
     Vertebrate Natural History (Bi317, 4 credits)
     Marine Biology (Bi361, 4 credits)
     Entomology (Bi474, 4 credits)

Anatomy OPTION (one of the following):
     Structure of Seed Plants (Bi371, 4 credits)
     Comp. Vertebrate Anatomy (Bi324, 4 credits)

Physiology OPTION (one of the following):
     Plant Physiology (Bi330, 4 credits)
     Comp. Animal Physiology (Bi434, 4 credits)

Cell OPTION (one of the following):
     Human Histology (Bi336, 4 credits)
     Vertebrate Embryology (Bi326, 4 credits)
     Immunology (Bi432, 4 credits)

General Biology Contact:  Dr. Lowell Spring 
springl@wou.edu, (503) 838-8337
 

Specialized/Pre-Professional Biology Degree

Principles of Biology Series (12 credits)
     Bi211, 212, 213

Biology Core Courses (16 credits)
     Bi331, 341, 357, 388, 446

General Chemistry Series (12 credits)
     Ch221, 222, 223

Organic Chemistry Series (12 credits)
     Ch334, 335, 336

Math OPTION (8-10 credits)
     (CS161 and Mth 243) OR (Mth 251 and 252)

Advanced Electives in Biology (12 credits)*
     Selected with Approval From Advisor
 

*Recommended Electives for Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dental Students include coursework in Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology and Advanced Animal Systems.

Pre-Health Professional Contacts:
Dr. Lonnie Guralnick, Pre-Medicine Advisor
     guralnl@wou.edu, (503) 838-8863

Dr. Sarah Boomer, Pre-Dental Advisor
     boomers@wou.edu, (503) 838-8209

Dr. Robert Turner, Pre-Pharmacy Advisor
     turnerr@wou.edu, (503) 838-8224
 
 

 

Biology Education Degree

Principles of Biology Series (12 credits)
     Bi211, 212, 213

Biology Core Courses (16 credits)
     Bi331, 341, 357, 388, 446

General Chemistry Series (12 credits)
     Ch221, 222, 223

General Physics Series (12 credits)
     Ph201, 202, 203

Elementary Functions (Mth 112, 4 credits)

Classroom Science Resources (GS351, 3 credits)

Systematic Field Botany (Bi321, 4 credits)

Elements of Geology (G351, 3 credits)

Field Biology OPTION (one of the following):
     Vertebrate Natural History (Bi317, 4 credits)
     Marine Biology (Bi361, 4 credits)
     Entomology (Bi474, 4 credits)

Anatomy OPTION (one of the following):
     Structure of Seed Plants (Bi371, 4 credits)
     Comp. Vertebrate Anatomy (Bi324, 4 credits)

Physiology OPTION (one of the following):
     Plant Physiology (Bi330, 4 credits)
     Comp. Animal Physiology (Bi434, 4 credits)

Cell/Development OPTION (one of the following):
     Human Histology (Bi336, 4 credits)
     Vertebrate Embryology (Bi326, 4 credits)
     Immunology (Bi432, 4 credits)

Contact Our Education Advisors
Dr. Lowell Spring, Elementary and Secondary Ed. 
    springl@wou.edu, (503) 838-8337
Dr. Bryan Dutton, Secondary Ed.
    duttonb@wou.edu, (503) 838-8452
Dr. Karen Haberman, Elementary Ed. 
     habermk@wou.edu, (503) 838-8478

Natural Science Molecular Biology/Biochemistry Option

Principles of Biology Series (12 credits)
     Bi211, 212, 213

Genetics (Bi341, 4 credits)

Evolution (Bi446, 4 credits)

Microbiology (Bi331, 4 credits)

Molecular Biology (Bi475, 4 credits)

Immunology (Bi432, 4 credits)

Comparative Animal Physiology (Bi434, 4 credits)

General Chemistry Series (12 credits)
     Ch221, 222, 223

Organic Chemistry Series (12 credits)
     Ch334, 335, 336

Biochemistry Series (8 credits)
     Ch450, 451

Quantitative Analysis (Ch 312, 4 credits)

Introduction to Statistics (Mth 243, 4 credits)

Calculus I and II (Mth 251-2, 8 credits)

General Physics Series (12 credits)
     Ph211, 212, 213

Advanced Electives in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, or Math (4 credits)
     Selected with Approval From Advisor

Molecular Option Contacts:
Dr. Robert Turner, Biology
     turnerr@wou.edu, (503) 838-8224

Dr. Arlene Courtney, Chemistry (Chair)
     courtna@wou.edu, (503) 838-8207
 

 

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