Program Goals

Biology Major Program Goals

  1. To prepare students to conduct and communicate original scientific investigations.
  2. To provide a curriculum that cultivates the students’ knowledge base of the foundational areas of biology at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels of organization.
  3. To prepare and graduate students who enter graduate school or professional school or who obtain employment in biology-related fields.


  • Apply the scientific method and complete an independent research project.
  • Communicate effectively biological concepts through written, spoken and visual means.
  • Interpret numerical displays of data and apply quantitative skills and reasoning to biological problems.
  • Show proficiency in the following content learning objectives:
    • Explain the processes that lead to evolutionary change and recognize biological structures and functions as products of evolutionary change.
    • Relate energy flow to nutrient cycling at multiple levels of biological organization.
    • Correlate structure and function at multiple levels of biological organization.
    • Describe how genetic information is stored, expressed and transmitted from one generation to the next


In addition to the University’s core requirements, the following courses are required for the B.S. degree in Biology:
University Core Specific requirements:
Natural Science: Select one (1): 4
PHY 103 Intro to Physics I
PHY 105 General Physics I

Natural Science Select one (1): 4
PHY 104 Intro to Physics II
PHY 106 General Physics II

Math: Select one (1): satisfies University Core 4
MAT 121 Calculus
MAT 120 Calculus for Social Science Majors
MAT 114 Statistics 3 (or a comparable statistics class approved by the department)

Biology Major
BIO 103 General Biology I for Biology Majors 4
BIO 104 General Biology II for Biology Majors 4
BIO 209 Plant and Animal Systems 4
BIO 208 Genetics 4

Five Electives 18-20 credits (Three must include labs) chosen from among the following:
General Microbiology, Vertebrate Physiology, Developmental Biology, Histology, Immunology, Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Invertebrate Zoology, Biological Techniques, Neuroscience, General Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Endocrinology, Cancer Biology, Pharmacology, Conservation Biology and Biochemistry I. Total Biology 34-36 credits

Chemistry Requirements
CHE 103 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 104 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 203 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 204 Organic Chemistry II 4
Total Chemistry 16 credits
Total 50-52 credits

Biology Minor

BIO 103 General Biology I for Biology Majors 4
BIO 104 General Biology II for Biology Majors 4
BIO 209 Plant and Animal systems 4
BIO 208 Genetics 4
Two upper level electives in Biology 6-8
Total 22-24 credits