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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Biology (30 credits)

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†BIOL 199 General Biology I: Foundation of Living Systems
†BIOL 200 General Biology II: Functioning of Living Systems
BIOL 201 Diversity of Living Systems
WI-BIOL 300 Biological Literature and Research
BIOL 301 Cell and Microbiology
BIOL 303 Genetics
WI-BIOL 307 Ecology 
BIOL 348 Evolution  
†CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (1-4 credits)
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II (1-4 credits)
CHEM 207 Organic Chemstry I
CHEM 209 Organic Chemistry Lab
†MATH 171 Elementary Functions
†STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences.

Choose one: 
†PHIL 207 Ethics
†PHIL 310 Bio-Medical Ethics 
†PHIL 311 Environmental Ethics 
†THEO 110 Introduction to Moral Issues
or another course approved by the department.


Optional Concentrations

Courses below are taken in addition to the major requirements, unless indicated otherwise.

Environmental Biology: 
CHEM 333 Environmental Chemistry

Choose one:
BIOL 211 Microbiology
BIOL 221 Invertebrate Zoology 
BIOL 231 Vertebrate Zoology 
BIOL 241 Plant Taxonomy

Choose one:
BIOL 310 Midwestern Ecosystems or BIOL 321 Special Topics;

Choose either:
BIOL 399 Internship in Biology (2-5 credits)
OR both BIOL 401 Biological Research I and BIOL 402 Biological Research II (1-3 credits). 

Recommended: PHIL 311 Environmental Ethics

Molecular Biology: 
BIOL 211 Microbiology(also meets major requirement)
BIOL 330 Recombinant DNA Techniques
CHEM 208 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 319 General Biochemistry

Choose either:
BIOL 401 and 402
OR CHEM 428 and 429;

Choose either:
†PHYS 203 College Physics I and PHYS 204 College Physics II 
OR †PHYS 251, PHYS 253, PHYS 254;

Recommended: MATH 191, PHIL 207 or PHIL 310.

Biomedical Science (Pre-Health Professions): 
†MATH 191 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Select eight credits from:
BIOL 202, 204, 211 or an approved course;

Choose either:
BIOL 399 OR both BIOL 401 and BIOL 402;

Choose either:
Both CHEM 208 and 210, OR CHEM 319;

Choose either:
Both PHYS 203 and PHYS 204, OR both PHYS 251 and PHYS 253.

Concentration in Secondary Education: 
CHEM 110 Laboratory Safety
Please consult the Education Department for additional requirements.


Requirements for a Minor in Biology (24 credits)

Teaching Minor in Biology


†BIOL 199 General Biology I: Foundations of Living Systems
†BIOL 200 General Biology II: Functioning of Living Systems
BIOL 201 Diversity of Living Systems
BIOL 108 Principles of Evolutionary Change
BIOL 348 Evolution (additional prerequisites);
†CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
†MATH 171 Elementary Functions

Plus enough 200- or higher-level electives in BIOL to complete the required 24 credits.

Completion of an Education Certification Program is required as well. Please contact the Education Department for details.

Non-teaching minor in Biology


One course from each of the following categories: 

An introductory course: BIOL 101 Principles of Biology or BIOL 199 General Biology I: Foundations of Living Systems;

An environmental biology course: BIOL 107, 109, 110, 310, or 321;

A human biology course: BIOL 106, 112, 115, or 202;

With additional coursework to obtain a minimum of 15 credits in Biology.

†=Applies toward General Education requirements
WI=Writing intensive course