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Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


New Core Requirements (approximately 32 hours)


  • BI 111 General Biology Cells and Genes (4)
  • BI 112 General Biology Ecology and Evolution(4)
  • BI 318 Genetics (3);
  • BI 345 Molecular Cell Biology (4)
  • BI 493 Biology Laboratory Research (1) or BI 495 Internship
  • BI 499 Research Colloquium and Seminar (1)
  • CH 131 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CH 137 General Chemistry II (4)
  • CH 216 Organic Chemistry I (5)
  • CH 217 Organic Chemistry II (5)
  • CH/BI 342 Biochemistry I (3)
  • CH 344 Biochemistry II (3)
  • CH 321 Analytical Chemistry (4)
  • CH 350 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences (3)
  • PHY 231 Physics I (5)
  • MA 241 Calculus I (5)

Learn more about the required courses:


100 and 200 Level Courses

BI 111. General Biology: Cells and Genes. (4) A survey of cell theory (cellular structure and function) and gene theory (molecular genetics and Mendelian genetics) that illustrates the nature and limits of science and two of the fundamental concepts of the life sciences.  Elements of evolutionary theory will be discussed throughout the course and examples from all kingdoms of life will be sued.  Laboratory will introduce students to methods of experimental design, analysis, and communication of scientific information. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory per week.  

BI 112. General Biology: Ecology and Evolution. (4) A survey of the diversity of organisms is performed that includes their ecology, evolution, cell and molecular biology.  Examples from all kingdoms of life will be used, but emphasis will be placed on the animal kingdom.  The laboratory will introduce students to method of experimental design, analysis and communication of scientific information.  3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory per week. 

CH 131. General Chemistry I. (4) The principal theories of modern chemistry.  The topics studied will include atomic theory and structure, the periodic table, reaction types, chemical compounds, stoichiometry, solutions, acids and bases, and chemical bonding.  3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week.  Co-requisite: MA 120 or MA 125 or MA 241. 

CH 137. General Chemistry II. (4) A continuation of the principal theories of modern chemistry taught in CH 131.  The topics studied will include thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, solubility, and selected descriptive chemistry.  3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week.  Prerequisites: CH 131, MA 120 or MA 125 or MA 241. 

CH 216. Organic Chemistry I. (5) Principles, laws and theories governing structures and reactions of hydrocarbons and alcohols are presented.  Stereochemistry and mechanisms of alkene reactions are also introduced.  3 hours lectures, 5 hours lab per week.  Prerequisite: CH 131.

CH 217. Organic Chemistry II. (5) A continuation of the study of organic compounds begun in CH 216.  The principles and theories developed in CH 216 are applied to other common functional groups including alkyl halides and various classes of carbonyl compounds.  Common spectroscopic methods are also presented.  3 hours lecture, 5 hours lab per week.  Prerequisite: CH 216.

MA 241. Calculus and Analytic Geometry I. (5) Functions and their graphs, limits of functions, continuity, slope and rate of change, derivatives, formulas and rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, theory of indefinite and definite integrals, and applications of integration.  Prerequisite:  Appropriate ACT or placement score, o MA 121 or MA 125 with a grade of “C” or better.


Courses at or above 300 Level

BI 318. Genetics. (3) Principles of hereditary nature, transmission, and function of genetic material; and genetics of populations are studied.  3hours lecture with integrated laboratory experiences.  Prerequisites: BI 111 or BI 112 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

BI 345. Molecular Cell Biology. (4) Structure, function, and biochemistry at the cellular and subcellular level, including the biosynthesis and catabolism of fats.  Also considered are the chemistry, replication, and transcription of nucleic acids and some topics dealing with recombinant DNA.  3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory per week.  Prerequisites: BI 111 or equivalent and CH 216.

CH 321 Analytical Chemistry. (4) Principles of chemical measurements with a focus on instrumental analysis, including spectrophotometry, mass spectrometry, and separations. Laboratory develops quantitative skills and provides experience with chemical instrumentation. Prerequisites: CH 137 NEW COURSE

CH/BI 342 Biochemistry I. (3) Introduction to the chemistry of life processes.  The chemistry of amino acids, proteins and carbohydrates is examined and applied to biosynthesis and catabolism of carbohydrates through glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, the citric acid cycle and electron transport.  This is a Communication Intensive course.  3 hours lecture per week.  Prerequisite: CH 216

CH 344 Biochemistry II. (3) The study of metabolic pathways begun in CH 342 is continued through biosynthesis and catabolism of fats and proteins.  Chemistry of nucleic acids and its relationship to replication, transcription and translation of genetic information and recombinant DNA is considered.  3 hours lecture per week.  Prerequisite: CH/BI 342.

CH 350 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences. (4) Introduction for students of the biological sciences to the area of physical chemistry, an approach to the use of thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy as applied to the field of biochemistry.  Three hours lecture, three hours lab.  Prerequisites: MA 241 and CH 137  NEW COURSE

BI 493. Biology Laboratory Research. (1-6) Students perform and report on an individual student research project in the laboratory or field.  Prerequisite: Biology or prehealth professions major with 12 hours or 200 or 300 level biology courses who qualify for honors.  Students may enroll in BI 493 only with an invitation from the Biology faculty. Students may count up to 3 hours in research per semester toward major requirements.  Required for graduation with honors in biology.

BI 495. Internship. (1-2) A carefully monitored work or service experience, occurring off-campus at an institution or agency specializing in an area relevant to the student’s ultimate career goals.  The student will meet the intended learning outcomes for the experience.  Students will be notified of their eligibility by the Research and Internship Coordinator.

BI 499. Colloquium and Seminar. (2-3) Students share their experiences from BI 492, BI 493, or BI 495 in written and oral form.  This course fulfills the capstone requirement in the major.  Prerequisites: BI 495 or BI 492 or BI 493 or permission of the Research and Internship Coordinator.

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