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Biological Sciences, B.S.


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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for BS Biological Sciences

1

Explain core concepts for biological literacy including: evolution; biological structure-function relationships; information flow; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; interconnectedness and interactions of living systems

2

Communicate biological information in written and/or oral form.

3

Use quantitative reasoning, modeling, and statistics to describe living systems.

4

Use scientific techniques and instrumentation to generate biological data.

 

 

General Education Requirements


Humanities


  • Foreign Language I and II Credits: 6 3
  • Literature Credits: 3 4

Social Sciences


  • Social Sciences elective Credits: 6 4

Arts


  • Arts elective Credits: 3 4

Total Credit Hours: 39


Total Credit Hours: 47


Course Requirements for Major


Total Credit Hours: 34


Total Credit Hours Required: 120


  1. “C” or better required
  2. MATH 2114 , MATH 2124  with a grade of C or better may be substituted for MATH 1125 , MATH 1126  
  3. Completion of six credit hours in one foreign language is required
  4. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. Approved electives: MATH 1115  may count as a free elective.
  6. A maximum of 4 BIOS elective credit hours may be at the 2000 level (BIOS 2002 , BIOS 2082 , BIOS 2090 , BIOS 2092 , BIOS 2313 , BIOS 2553 , BIOS 2663 , BIOS 2743 , BIOS 2741 , BIOS 2904 , BIOS 2914 ).
  7. A maximum of 7 credit hours may consist of research/apprenticeship (BIOS 2002 , BIOS 2082 , BIOS 2092 , BIOS 3091 , BIOS 3092 , BIOS 4091 ) or seminar (BIOS 3091 ) courses.
  8. A minimum of 17 credit hours must be lecture or lecture/laboratory courses at the 3000/4000 level (BIOS 3113 , BIOS 3284 , BIOS 3373 , BIOS 3354 , BIOS 3453 , BIOS 3490 , BIOS 3590 , BIOS 3651 , BIOS 3653 , BIOS 3854 , BIOS 3924   BIOS 3953 , BIOS 4103 , BIOS 4113 , BIOS 4153 , BIOS 4314  , BIOS 4413 BIOS 4453  , BIOS 4454  , BIOS 4490 , BIOS 4524 , BIOS 4534 , BIOS 4543 , BIOS 4590 , BIOS 4644 , BIOS 4713  , BIOS 4723 , BIOS 4844 , BIOS 4933   , BIOS 4974 ).
  9. A minimum of two courses at the 2000-level or higher must have a laboratory component (BIOS 2741  , BIOS 3354 , BIOS 3651  and BIOS 3653 , BIOS 3854 , BIOS 3924  , BIOS 4314  , BIOS 4454  , BIOS 4524 , BIOS 4534 , BIOS 4644 , BIOS 4844 , BIOS 4914  , BIOS 4974 ).
  10. A minimum of two courses must be at the 4000 level (BIOS 4103 , BIOS 4113 , BIOS 4153 , BIOS 4314  , BIOS 4454  , BIOS 4490 , BIOS 4524 , BIOS 4534 , BIOS 4543 , BIOS 4590 , BIOS 4644 , BIOS 4713 , BIOS 4723 , BIOS 4844 BIOS 4914 , BIOS 4933  , BIOS 4974 ).

Four Year Plan of Study


BS in Biological Sciences, 4 Year Plan of Study

 

Understanding Your Degree Program of Study 

Four Year Plan of Study Key

GE - General education

M - Major coursework

O - Other coursework

FE - Free electives

RE - Restricted electives

UR - University requirements

CR - College requirements

Program requirements - Some degree programs offer an opportunity to complete a Concentration (C) within the major. Some degree programs require that a Concentration (C) or an Option (OP) be completed as a part of the major.

First Year of Enrollment


 

First Year

Code

Course

Credit Hours

GE

 ENGL 1157 - English Composition 1  

3

GE

 ENGL 1158 - English Composition 2   or

 ENGL 1159 - English Composition 2 Honors   

(C Grade or higher required for ENGL 1158 and 1159.)

3

GE

 Natural/Life/Physical Sciences2 - BIOS -

 See General Education Menu

 Recommended:BIOS 1083 - Biology I  1

3

M

 BIOS 1081 - Biology I Laboratory  

1

GE

 Natural/Life/Physical Sciences - See General Education Menu

 Recommended: BIOS 1073 - Biology II  

3

M

BIOS 1071 - Biology II Laboratory  

1

M-RE

 BIOS 1001 - Freshman Bio Seminar   or

 BIOS 1002 - Biology Freshman Learning Comm  

1

GE

 Natural/Life/Physical Sciences2 - See General Education Menu

 Recommended: CHEM 1017 - General Chemistry I  1

3

O-PR

 CHEM 1007 - General Chemistry I Lab   

1

GE

 Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning -

 See General Education Menu

 Recommended: MATH 1125 - Precalculus Algebra  1

3

GE

 Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning -

 See General Education Menu

 Recommended: MATH 1126 - Precalculus Trigonometry  1

3

GE-RE

 Social/Behavioral Sciences - See General Education Menu

3

O-UR

 UNIV 1001 - University Success     

1

Total hours - Year one: 29

 

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS and 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be a Physical Science.
  3. Science elective note: See College of Sciences list of allowable elective coursework.

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Second Year of Enrollment


Second Year 

Code 

Course 

Credit Hours 

M

 BIOS 2014 - Population Genetics Evol Ecol  

 CHEM 1018 - General Chemistry II  

 CHEM 1008 - Gen Chem Lab II   

1

 MATH 2314 - Elementary Statistical Methods   

 BIOS 2114 - Cell & Molecular Biology   

4

 BIOS Elective 2000-level

4

GE

 Literature - See General Education Menu

GE

 Humanities - See General Education Menu

 Recommended: Foreign Language 11

GE 

 Humanities - See General Education Menu

 Recommended: Foreign Language 11

 CHEM 2217 - Organic Chemistry I  

 

Total hours - Year One: 31 

 

  1. General Education note: The General Education requirement may be met by completing other courses on the Gen Ed menu; however, Recommended courses must be completed to meet degree requirements if not completed as general education requirements and may be prerequisites for other required courses in the degree program. 
  2. The 9-hour General Education Science requirement includes a 6-hour sequence in one science selected from BIOS, CHEM, EES, and PHYS. 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be BIOS and 3 hours of the 9-hour requirement must be a Physical Science.
  3. Science elective note: See College of Sciences list of allowable elective coursework.

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Third Year of Enrollment


Year Three 

Code 

Course 

Credit Hours 

BIOS elective 3000+ 

 CHEM 3218 - Organic Chemistry II  

 PHYS 1031 - General Physics I  and

 PHYS 1033 - General Physics Laboratory  

or 

 PHYS 1061 - Physics Sci Engr I  and

 PHYS 1062 - Physics Sci Engr II  

GE 

 Arts - See General Education Menu 

 Free Elective 

 BIOS elective 3000+ 

 BIOS elective 3000+ 

 PHYS 1032 - General Physics II  and

 PHYS 1034 - General Physics Laboratory  

 or

 PHYS 1062 - Physics Sci Engr II  and

 PHYS 1065 - Physics Lab for Science & Engr  

O-FE 

 Social/Behavioral Sciences - See General Education Menu 

Total hours - Year Three: 29 

Fourth Year of Enrollment


Year Four 

Code 

Course 

Credit Hours 

BIOS elective 3000+ 

BIOS elective 3000+ 

BIOS elective 3000+ 

 BIOS 4010 - Senior Comprehensive Exam  

0

Free Elective 

20 

Total hours - Year Three: 31 

Total Credit Hours Required: 120


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