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Biology

Professor: Lonnie Guralnick

Associate professors: Sarah Boomer, Bryan Dutton, Irja Galvan, Karen Haberman, Robert Turner

Assistant professor: Michael LeMaster

 

Mission

The Biology Department prepares students for careers in biology and science education, and admission to graduate and professional schools in the life and health sciences. We also promote the understanding of biology as an essential part of a liberal arts education and of global citizenship.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand key concepts from the many disciplines within the biological sciences.
  2. Engage in laboratory experimentation, data analysis and interpretation, and critical thinking at all course levels.
  3. Have opportunities to augment their coursework experiences with advanced studies and research within areas of particular interest.

 

Biology major (71-74 credits)

Required Biology core courses (56-59)

BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology (12)

BI 311 Introductory Genetics (4)

BI 312 Evolution (4)

BI 313 Cell Biology (4)

BI 331 General Microbiology (4)

Choose one: (4-5)

BI 317 Vertebrate Natural History (4)

BI 321 Systematic Field Botany (4)

BI 451 Invertebrate Zoology (5)

Choose one: (4)

BI 357 General Ecology

BI 454 Plant Ecology

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (12)

Math (Choose an option) (8-10)

  1. MTH 112 Elementary Functions (4)
    MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
  2. MTH 251  Calculus I (5)
    MTH 252 Calculus II (5)
  3. MTH 251  Calculus I (5)
    MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)

Select one of the following six emphases:

 

General Biology emphasis (20-24)

Cell/Development (4)

Choose one:

BI 326 Vertebrate Embryology

BI 432 Immunology

BI 475 Molecular Biology

Anatomy and Physiology (8-10)

Choose two:

BI 324 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5)

BI 330 Plant Physiology (5)

BI 371 Structure of Seed Plants (4)

BI 434 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology (4)

Field Biology of Animals (4-5)

Choose two:

BI 317 Vertebrate Natural History (4)

BI 361 Marine Ecology (5)

BI 451 Invertebrate Zoology (5)

BI 474 Biology of Insects (5)

One upper division course approved by adviser (4-5)

Note: All students pursuing this emphasis must complete BI 321 as their required Biology core option. In addition, students may choose any of the three Math options of the required Biology core.

 

Botany emphasis (21-24 credits)

BI 330 Plant Physiology (5)

BI 371 Structure of Seed Plants (4)

Three upper division courses approved by adviser (12-15)

Note: All students pursuing this emphasis must complete BI 321 and BI 454 as their required Biology core option. In addition, Math option B C of the required Biology core is strongly recommended.

 

Ecology emphasis (21-22 credits)

BI 361 Marine Ecology (5)

BI 435 Microbial Ecology (4)

BI 454 Plant Ecology (4)

BI 461  Conservation Biology (4)

One upper division course approved by adviser (4-5)

Note: All students pursuing this emphasis must complete BI 357 as their required Biology core option. Furthermore, all students must complete option B as their required Biology core Math option. In addition, MTH 243 is strongly recommended.

 

Molecular/Cell emphasis (22 credits)

BI 475 Molecular Biology (4)

Choose one: (4)

BI 326 Vertebrate Embryology

BI 431 Medical Microbiology

BI 432 Immunology

CH 312 Quantitative Analysis (4)

CH 450 Biochemistry I (3)

CH 451 Biochemistry II (3)

MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)

Note: All students pursuing this emphasis must complete option B as their required Biology core Math option. Students must also complete the Physical Science minor.

 

Physical Science minor (27-29 credits)

CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry (12)

PH 201, 202, 203 General Physics – or – PH 211, 212, 213 General Physics with Calculus (12)

One upper-division Physical Science course (i.e., a course with a CH, ES, GS, or PH prefix) approved by adviser (3-5)

Note: All students pursuing the Molecular/Cell emphasis for the Biology major must complete the PH 211, 212, 213 sequence as requirements for this minor. All students pursuing the Preprofessional emphasis for the Biology major must complete CH 450 as a requirement for this minor.

 

Preprofessional emphasis (24-25 credits)

CH 451 Biochemistry II (3)

BI 324  Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5)

BI 336  Human Histology and Physiology (4)

BI 434  Comparative Vertebrate Physiology (4)

Choose one: (4)

BI 326 Vertebrate Embryology

BI 431 Medical Microbiology

BI 432 Immunology

One upper division course approved by adviser (4-5)

Note: All students pursuing this emphasis must complete BI 357 as their required Biology core option. Students must also complete either a Chemistry or Physical Science minor.

 

Zoology emphasis (22-23 credits)

BI 324 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5)

BI 434 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology (4)

BI 451 Invertebrate Zoology (5)

Choose one: (4)

BI 360 Animal Behavior

BI 326 Vertebrate Embryology

One upper division course approved by adviser (4-5)

 

Note: All students pursuing this emphasis must complete BI 317 and BI 357 as their required Biology core option. In addition, option B or C of the required Biology core Math option is strongly recommended.

 

Biology Program note:

  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.

 

Biology minor (27 credits)

BI 211, 212, and 213 or an equivalent sequence (12)

Upper-division courses approved by a Biology adviser (15)

Note: Students are required to maintain a C average in courses that are used to satisfy biology minor degree requirements.

 

Human Biology minor (26 credits)

BI 234, 235, 236 Human Anatomy and Physiology (12)

BI 318 Microbiology for the Health Sciences (4)

BI 441 Human Heredity (3)

HE 325 Nutrition (4)

PSY 311 Developmental Psychology (4)

Note: Students are required to maintain a C average in courses that are used to satisfy Human Biology minor degree requirements.

 

Biology Teacher Education degree (67-70 credits)

BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology (12)

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (12)

BI 311 Introductory Genetics (4)

BI 312 Evolution (4)

BI 313 Cell Biology (4)

BI 321 Systematic Field Botany (4)

BI 331 General Microbiology (4)

BI 357 General Ecology (4)

ES 351 Geology for Educators (3)

Cell/Development (4)

Choose one: 

BI 326 Vertebrate Embryology

BI 432 Immunology

BI 475 Molecular Biology

Anatomy and Physiology (8-10)

Choose two:

BI 324 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5)

BI 330 Plant Physiology (5)

BI 371 Structure of Seed Plants (4)

BI 434 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology (4)

Field Biology of Animals (4-5)

Choose one:

BI 317 Vertebrate Natural History (4)

BI 361 Marine Ecology (5)

BI 451 Invertebrate Zoology (5)

BI 474 Biology of Insects (5)

*BI 211, 212, 213; CH 221, 222, 223 or PH 201, 202, 203 are to be counted as the LACC requirement in laboratory science.

 

 

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