Definition of the Major
Students wishing to choose a major in biology should consult with members of the department faculty early in their university career. Because the department includes a number of biological disciplines, no single curriculum can be listed for all majors. All students majoring in biology and pursuing teacher certification are required to take 37 credit hours of courses for the life science teaching field consisting of BIO 130 , BIO 131 /BIO 131L , BIO 133 /BIO 133L , BIO 309 , BIO 313 , BIO 327 , BIO 341 , BIO 342 , BIO 351 , BIO 370 and BIO 470 . Each student is strongly encouraged to work closely with a departmental advisor to design the program best suited to the interests and goals of the student.
A minimum of 37 semester hours of biology, including the core curriculum, with 15 hours in advanced courses is required for a B.S. with a major in biology. Biology majors also must satisfy all the requirements of the B.S. for the College of Sciences and Mathematics outlined earlier in the bulletin.
Students who major in biology must complete the following requirements:
- Three hours from: ENG 273
- Seven to eight hours from: MTH 220 , MTH 233 /MTH 233L , MTH 234 /MTH 234L
- Eight hours from: CHE 133 /CHE 133L , CHE 134 /CHE 134L
- Eight hours from: GOL 131 /GOL 131L , GOL 132 /GOL 132L ; PHY 110 /PHY 110L , PHY 131 /PHY 131L , PHY 132 /PHY 132L , PHY 241 /PHY 241L , PHY 242 /PHY 242L ; AST 105 /AST 105L
- Biology majors contemplating graduate work are advised to complete CHE 331 , CHE 332 , PHY 131 and PHY 132 .
Each student also is required to complete a minor in secondary education, as described elsewhere in this bulletin.
Certification for High School Life Sciences Teaching
Requirements for certification are listed in the educator certification section of this bulletin. A summary of the biology course requirements for certification is listed below under the emphasis educator certification.