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B.S. in Biology with Life Science Certification

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Biology with Secondary Life Science Certification, B.S.

Transfer students who have 60 or more hours of academic credit, including college algebra and 8 hours of introductory biology for majors, and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 may be allowed to enroll in upper division (3000 level or above) biology courses concurrently with sophomore (2000 level) courses. Students who have 45 or more hours of academic credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.5, but who have not completed introductory biology for majors, may take the required freshman (1000 level) and sophomore courses simultaneously. This concurrent enrollment must be approved by the student’s advisor and the instructor of the higher-level courses.

The Biology Core consists of BIO 1410, BIO 1420, BIO 2424, and BIO 2441. To enroll in any advanced biology course (3000 level or higher), students must have at minimum completed the Biology Core and General Chemistry (Chemistry 1415 and 1416) or their transfer equivalents with a grade of C or better in each of the courses listed above. Additional course-specific perquisites will still apply.

General Education Curriculum (36)

For the full General Education Curriculum Policy and Requirements, refer to the GEC listed in this catalog.

MAT 1302 is acceptable for the GEC math requirement.

Some courses listed in program “Major Requirements” or “Required Related Courses” (noted with an asterisk [*]) may be used to meet requirements in the GEC. Although these courses fulfill requirements in each area, credit hours for these courses, if taken for the GEC, may only be counted in the GEC.

Complete Graduation Requirements are listed in this catalog.

Language Literacy (12)

English (9)

ENG 1301 Composition I 3 Credits
ENG 1302 Composition II 3 Credits
one of the following courses:
ENG 2324 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 Credits
ENG 2326 Exploring American Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2327 Exploring World Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2328 Exploring British Lit 3 Credits

Speech (3)

SPC 1301 Fund of Speech 3 Credits

Analytic Literacy (7)


Mathematics (3)

MAT 1302, MAT 1304 (if allowable by major), or any math course with MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 or higher as a prerequisite.

Note: MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Arts and Sciences except for the programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Education. MAT 1304 is not acceptable for any program in the School of Business and Professional Programs.

Science (4)

Choose 1 of the following courses with accompanying lab:

BIO 1403 Fundamentals of Science 4 Credits
BIO 1406 Contemporary Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1407 Animal Life 4 Credits
BIO 1408 Plants & Human Affairs 4 Credits
BIO 1409 Cracking the Code: A User's Guide to Human Genetics 4 Credits
BIO 1410 Introduction to Biology I 4 Credits
BIO 1413 Local Spring Flora 4 Credits
BIO 1414 Cats, Chromosomes & Codons 4 Credits
BIO 1415 Exploring Human Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1420 Introduction to Biology II 4 Credits
BIO 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits
BIO 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Credits
CHE 1403 Nature of Physical Science 4 Credits
CHE 1404 Physical Science & Environment 4 Credits
CHE 1405 Forensic Science I 4 Credits
CHE 1415 General Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHE 1416 General Chemistry II 4 Credits
CHE 1418 Chemistry in Context 4 Credits
NSC 1402 Introductory Astronomy 4 Credits
PHY 1401 University Physics I 4 Credits
PHY 1402 University Physics II 4 Credits
PHY 1410 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 Credits

Cultural Literacy (9)

HIS 2324 Fundamentals of Modern American History 3 Credits

Choose (3) hours from one of the following:


Choose (3) hours from any of the following:

REL 1311 Introduction to Jewish Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1312 Introduction to Christian Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1313 Introduction to Ethics 3 Credits
REL 1321 Introduction to Comparative Religions 3 Credits
REL 1323 Introduction to Interfaith Leadership 3 Credits

Social Literacy (8)

EXS 1220 Basic Concepts of Wellness 2 Credits

Choose any two of the following courses with at least two different academic areas represented:

BUA 1301 Introduction to Business 3 Credits
ECO 2305 Principles of Economics I 3 Credits
FIN 1325 Personal Finance 3 Credits
GEG 2304 World Geography 3 Credits
GEG 2305 Human Geography 3 Credits
HUM 2340 The Human Experience I 3 Credits
HUM 2341 The Human Prospect 3 Credits
IST 2300 Introduction to International Studies 3 Credits
MCO 1302 Mass Media & Society 3 Credits
POL 2311 American Government I 3 Credits
PSY 1301 General Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 2342 Psychology of Everyday Life 3 Credits
SSC 2360 Social Justice 3 Credits
SOC 1302 Cultural Anthropology 3 Credits
SOC 2301 Intro to Sociology 3 Credits
SOC 2302 Social Problems 3 Credits
SOC 2390 Minority Groups 3 Credits
WSP 2304 Hon Sem Social Literacy 3 Credits
WSP 2340 Hon Lang/Lit Interdiscip Integrative 3 Credits

Required Related Courses


BIO 4120 Biology Certificate Exam Review 1 Credit


ENG 3312 Writing in Natural Sciences 3 Credits


CHE 1415 General Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHE 1416 General Chemistry II 4 Credits
CHE 2416 Organic Chemistry I 4 Credits

CHE 1415, CHE 1416* may be used to satisfy the GEC.


MAT 1310 Bus & Econ Analysis 3 Credits

Natural Science

NSC 4301 Teaching Science in 6-12 Classroom 3 Credits

Major Requirements

Biology Core

BIO 1410 Introduction to Biology I 4 Credits
BIO 1420 Introduction to Biology II 4 Credits
BIO 2320 Biostatistics 3 Credits
BIO 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits
BIO 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Credits
BIO 2424 Evolution & Ecology 4 Credits
BIO 2441 Microbiology 4 Credits

BIO 1410, BIO 1420, BIO 2401, BIO 2402* may be used to satisfy the GEC.

Advanced Biology Courses

BIO 3431 Molecular Genetics 4 Credits
BIO 3352 Research Methods in Biology 3 Credits
BIO 3470 Conservation Biology 4 Credits
BIO 4412 Molecular Cell Biology 4 Credits
BIO 4426 Infection and Immunity 4 Credits

Education Requirements

Professional Development

EDU 2100 Foundations of Education 1 Credit

EDU 3310 Multicultural Education 3 Credits
EDU 3338 Technology for Classroom Instr 3 Credits

EC-12 Pedagogy

EDU 2341 Instr/Assess/Class Mgt EC-12 3 Credits
EDU 4331 Differ Instr Mix-Ability K-12 Classrm 3 Credits


RDG 4347 Rdg Content Area 3 Credits

Clinical Teaching

EDU 4611 Clinical Teaching 6 Credits

Total Hours (126)

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