Biology

The Biology major is the most general and incorporates advanced classes that focus on a wide variety of organisms.  It provides a strong background for students interested in everything from the health sciences to ecology and the environmental sciences. A major in Biology is recommended if your goal is to gain a broad perspective in the biological sciences, or you may major in Botany or Zoology if you prefer to specialize in plants or animals, respectively

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Arts

(32 semester hours, 24 must be advanced hours)

Core Courses: (8 semester hours) -- Both are required*
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 requirement: (24 semester hours)
The remaining 24 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.

Three of these four courses are required:
BIO 203 Cell Biology (3)
BIO 206 Evolutionary Biology (3) or BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity (4)
BIO 209 Fundamentals of Ecology (3)
BIO 342 Genetics (3)

Laboratory course requirement:
At least one advanced course must have a laboratory component (three semester hours of independent research, taken at the 200-level or above, can be used in lieu of a formal course to fulfill this laboratory requirement).

Related Hours: (17 semester hours)
One year of chemistry is required:
CHM 141 (or 141.M or 141.R) and 142 (or 142.M) College Chemistry (3-4, 3) and
CHM 144, 145 College Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2)

One course in statistics is required:
STA 261 or STA 301 (3-4)

Remaining related courses can be chosen from CHM, CIT, CSE, GLG, GEO, IES, MTH, MBI, PCE, PHY or STA.

*Note: Students based on the Hamilton or Middletown campuses may substitute BIO 113 or BIO 191 for BIO 115 and substitute BIO 114 for BIO 116


Program Requirements: Bachelor of Science

(40 semester hours, 32 must be advanced hours)

Core Courses: (8 semester hours) -- Both are required*
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 requirement: (32 semester hours)
The remaining 32 semester hours must be in courses at the 200 level or above. Advanced microbiology (MBI) courses and IES 275 can count for up to 9 of these hours. No more than three semester hours of independent study/research/internship may apply to the major. At least one 400 level course other than BIO 477 must be taken (minimum 3 semester hours).

All four of these are required:
BIO 203 Cell Biology (3)
BIO 206 Evolutionary Biology (3) or BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity (4)
BIO 209 Fundamentals of Ecology (3)
BIO 342 Genetics (3)

At least one plant- focused and one animal-focused course (lists available online).

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

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).

Related Hours: (33 required)
Two years of chemistry are required including:
CHM 141 (or 141.M or 141.R) and 142 (or 142.M) College Chemistry (3-4, 3) and
CHM 144, 145 College Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2)
and
One of these sequences:
CHM 241, 242, 244, 245 Organic Chemistry (3,3) and 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, 173 College Physics (3) and Introductory Physics Laboratory (1) or
PHY 181, 183 The Physical World and Introductory Physics Laboratory (1)

One statistics (STA 261 or STA 301) and one calculus (MTH151 or 153) course (7-9)