Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Major

Students majoring in Biological Sciences prepare for a variety of careers which contribute to our understanding of basic life processes and the solution of problems related to health and the environment. Many students graduating with Bachelors degrees are employed by institutions involved in bio-medical research or environmental field studies, while others become science educators. Degree recipients often choose to continue their education in professional (medical, veterinary, dental) schools or by matriculating into masters and doctoral programs. Since their training in science is integrated with an education in humanities and social sciences, graduates are not only prepared to excel in expanding the base of knowledge in their field of expertise, but are able to understand and respond to social and ethical issues arising from these advances.

The undergraduate program insures a strong foundation in supporting science and mathematics and provides the essential background needed for a career in modern biology. A variety of upper-level electives is available, and the curriculum is sufficiently flexible so that students may tailor it to meet their specific career goals and entrance requirements of professional schools and postgraduate programs. Although it is not required, qualified seniors are encouraged to conduct original research as a capstone to their undergraduate experience. Enrolling in Senior Research provides graduation credits, but more importantly, many of these projects have resulted in a student’s first publication in a professional journal or have been presented at scientific meetings.

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Core Degree Requirements for all Biology Options

General Education Guidelines - 24 credits

Students must conform to the General Education (GenEd) guidelines as outlined elsewhere in the Undergraduate Catalog. These include: College Writing I & II; 3 approved Arts & Humanities courses and 3 approved Social Science courses (one designated as ethics and one as diversity), and Science and Math requirements (which are met by courses required within the major).

  • College Writing I & II  (42.101/42.102)
  • Art and Humanities – minimum 3 courses from approved list, no more than 2 from any one department.
  • Social Sciences - minimum 3 courses from approved list, no more than 2 from any one department.
  • Mathematics – minimum of 1 course (met by required courses for the College of Sciences).
  • Science and Technology – minimum of 3 courses two of which must contain an experimental learning component, no more than 2 from any one department (met by required courses for the Biology major).

Biology Core Courses - 29 credits

81.116 Freshmen Seminar 1 cr
81.111 Principles of Biology I 3 cr
81.117 Experimental Biology I 1 cr
81.112 Principles of Biology II 3 cr
81.118 Experimental Biology II 1 cr
81.220 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr
81.233 Experimental Methods in Biology 2 cr
81.235 Genetics 3 cr
81.237 Problems in Genetics 1 cr
81.240 Evolution, Ecology and Conservation 3 cr
81.242 Problems in Evolution, Ecology and Conservation 1 cr
81.419 Biochemistry I 3 cr
81.421 Techniques in Biochemistry 2 cr

Senior Seminar

2 cr

Supporting Sciences & Mathematics - 31 credits

84.121 Chemistry I 3 cr
84.123 Chemistry I Lab 1 cr
84.122 Chemistry II 3 cr
84.124 Chemistry II Lab 1 cr
84.221 Organic Chemistry IA 3 cr
84.229 Organic Chemistry Lab IA 1 cr
84.222 Organic Chemistry IIA 3 cr
84.230 Organic Chemistry Lab IIA 1 cr
92.138 Calculus for Life Sciences I 4 cr
92.385 Applied Statistics 3 cr
95.103 General Physics I 3 cr
96.103 General Physics Lab I 1 cr
95.104 General Physics I 3 cr
96.104 General Physics Lab II 1 cr

Free Electives - to 120 credits total

All options require a minimum of 120 credits to complete. Any UML course xx.101 and above will fulfill the Free Elective requirement (exception Math courses must be above Calculus for Life Sciences I). Additional Biology lecture and laboratory courses (with an “81” prefix) may be taken to fulfill the Free Elective requirement. However, Biology courses with an “83” prefix cannot be used nor counted towards the 120 credits.

Requirements by Option with Links to Curriculum Checksheets

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