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Biology, BS


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University Core Curriculum Requirements


B. Mathematics


Three hours from:


C. Life and Physical Science


D. Language, Philosophy and Culture


E. Creative Arts


F. American History


G. Government/Political Science


H. Social and Behavioral Science


I. Component Area Option


Three hours from:


Foundation of Knowledge


For All Concentrations


For Non-Teaching Concentrations


For Biology Teaching Concentration


Biology Major


Biology Non-Teaching Concentrations


If the topic is deemed appropriate by the instructor and the department chair, BIOL 3390 BIOL 4317 , and BIOL 4398  may also fulfill requirements for a degree track. Consult with a faculty advisor for assistance.

Botany Concentration


Cellular and Molecular Concentration


Ecology and Evolutionary Concentration


Cell/Molecular Biology

Three hours from:

Advanced Biology Electives


14-23 hours, depending upon the concentration selected, of upper-level BIOL electives; up to two upper-level courses outside the major may be selected in consultation with an advisor.

This section is not required if a student chooses to declare a minor.

Biology Teacher Certification Concentration


Minor Option


A minor of 18 to 24 semester hours in a single discipline is optional. At least six hours in the minor must be in advanced-level courses at SFA. Biology majors may choose the Combined Sciences Minor.  Biology majors contemplating graduate work are advised to select a minor in the sciences or in mathematics, or complete advanced Biology electives.

General Electives


The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree.

Total hours: 120


Grade Requirements


  • A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

In-Residence Requirement


Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.

Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.

Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.

View the In-Residence Requirement, Policy 6.15.

Texas Success Initiative Program


All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information  bulletin page.

Biology, Teacher Certification - Degree Map


The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Fall


15 Total Semester hours

Spring


16 Total Semester Hours

Junior Year


Senior Year


Biology, Botany, BS - Degree Map


The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

 

Freshman year


Fall


16 Total Semester Hours

Spring


16 total Semester Hours

Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Fall


15 total Semester Hours

Spring


15 total Semester Hours

Senior Year


Fall


15 total Semester Hours

  • Biology electives from list Credits / Units: 9

  • Core Fine arts from list Credits / Units: 3

  • Credit(s): 3
  • Taxonomic requirement from list (which can include mycology above) Credits / Units: 3

Spring


13 total Semester Hours

Biology, Cellular and Molecular, BS - Degree Map


The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year


Fall


16 total semester hours

Spring


16 total Semester Hours

Sophomore Year


Fall


14 total Semester Hours

Spring


14 total Semester Hours

Junior Year


Fall


16 total Semester Hours

Spring


16 total semester hours

Senior Year


Fall


15 total Semester Hours

  • Core Fine Arts from list Credits / Units: 3

  • Comparative Bio from list Credits / Units: 3

  • Biology Electives Credits / Units: 6

  • Credit(s): 3

Spring


13 total semester hours

Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary, BS - Degree Map


Freshman Year


Fall


16 total semester hours

Spring


16 total semester hours

Sophomore Year


Fall


14 total semester hours

Junior Year


Fall


15 total semester hours

Spring


15 total semester hours

Senior Year


Fall


15 total Semester hours

  • Comparative Biology from list Credits / Units: 3

  • Core Fine Arts from list Credits / Units: 3

  • Bio Elective  Credits / Units: 3

  • Bio Elective Credits / Units: 3

  • Credit(s): 3

Spring


13 total semester hours

  • Taxanomic Requirement for Biology from list Credits / Units: 3

  • Core Social and Behavioral Science Credits / Units: 3

  • Biology Elective  Credits / Units: 3

  • Biology Elective Credits / Units: 3

  • Credit(s): 1

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