Biology- Bachelor of Science

For information, contact the Department of Biology, 212 Pearson Hall (513-529-3100).

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. The biology major can be tailored to meet the needs of students interested in the health sciences, animal or plant physiology, cell and molecular biology, ecology or environmental studies, or evolution and systematics. It is possible to complete a Biology Major while earning either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

Program Requirements:

(40 semester hours)

Core Courses: (8 hrs)

BIO/MBI 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4)

BIO/MBI 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4)

Advanced course requirements: (32 hrs)

The remaining 32 semester hours must be fulfilled by taking courses at the 200 level or above. Advanced microbiology (MBI) courses and IES 275 can count for up to nine semester hours of this requirement. No more than three semester hours of independent study/research/internship may apply to the major. At least one 400 level course (minimum three semester hours) must be taken.

All four courses are required:

BIO 203 Introduction to Cell Biology (3)

BIO 206 Evolutionary Biology (3) or

BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere (4)

BIO 209 Fundamentals of Ecology (3)

BIO 342 Genetics (3)

Laboratory course requirement:

At least two advanced courses must have a laboratory component (three semester hours of independent research can be used in lieu of one of these courses).

At least one of these plant-focused courses is required:

BIO 205 Dendrology (4)

BIO 221 Plant Propagation (4)

BIO 302 Plant Taxonomy (4)

BIO 306 Basic Horticulture (3)

BIO 314 Plant and Fungal Diversity (4)

BIO 401 Plant Ecology (3

BIO 402 Plant Anatomy (3)

BIO 403 Plant Development (3)

BIO 425 Environmental Plant Physiology (4)

BIO/GEO 431 Global Plant Diversity (3)

At least one of these animal focused courses is required:

BIO 201 Human Anatomy (4)

BIO 305 Human Physiology (4)

BIO 311 Vertebrate Zoology (4)

BIO 312 Invertebrate Zoology (4)

BIO 361 Patterns in Development (4)

BIO 408 Ornithology (4)

BIO 409 Herpetology (4)

BIO 410 Mammalogy (4)

BIO 411 General Entomology (4)

BIO 435 Winter Biology (3)

BIO 449 Biology of Cancer (3)

BIO 453 Animal Physiological Ecology (4)

BIO 452 Nerve and Muscle Physiology (4)

BIO 454 Endocrinology (3)

BIO 457 Neuroanatomy (3)

BIO 465 Animal Behavior (4)

BIO 469 Neurophysiology (3)

Related: (33 hrs)

Two years of chemistry are required:

CHM 141 or 141M or 141R, 142 or 142M College Chemistry (3-4, 3) and

CHM 144, 145 College Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2)

And one of these sequences:

CHM 241, 242 Organic Chemistry (3,3) and

CHM 244, 245 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2,2) or

CHM 231 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4) and

CHM 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4)

One semester of physics is required:

PHY 171, 183 College Physics (3) and Introductory Physics Laboratory (1) or

PHY 181, 183 The Physical World and Introductory Physics Laboratory (1)

One course in Statistics and one calculus course: (7-9 hrs)

One microbiology course (200 level or above): (3-4 hrs)

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