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BA/BS Programs in Biological Sciences

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The Biological Sciences include the study of living systems at levels ranging from the structure and function of molecules to the behavior and evolution of communities of organisms. The Department offers four different routes to mastering skills and knowledge in this broad area. The B.A. and B.S. programs in Biology provide a broad introduction to biology with opportunities for students to create a program of study suited to their specific interests. Programs of study focused on particular aspects of biology are the B.A. and B.S. degrees in the areas of Behavioral Neuroscience and Molecular Biology and the B.S. degree in Biochemistry. University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements pertain to all of the majors listed below.

BA with Major in Biology
BS in Biology
BA with major in Behavioral Neuroscience
BS in Behavioral Neuroscience
BA with major in Molecular Biology
BS in Molecular Biology
BS in Biochemistry
Departmental Honors
Minors in Biology and Molecular Biology

BA with Major in Biology

College and university requirements for all majors (25 credit hours)

ENGL 1, 2 Composition and Literature (6)
First Year Seminar (3)
Social Sciences (8)
Humanities (8)

Major Program (49-50 credit hours)

Biology (30 credit hours)

BIOS 41 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular (3)
BIOS 42 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory (1)
BIOS 115 Biology Core II: Genetics (3)
BIOS 116 Biology Core II: Genetics Laboratory (1)
BIOS 120 Biology Core III: Integrative and Comparative (4)
Electives *Biology electives

*Approved electives (18 credit hours, no more than 3 cr. from the following courses: 161, 261, 262, 391, 393, College scholar project, not BIOS 130), must include one course from List A and one course from List B.

  List A  List B
  Bios 276 Central Nervous System and Behavior (3) BioS 324 Bacteriology (3)
  BioS 313 Vertebrate Histology (4) BioS 345 Molecular Genetics (3)
  BioS 314 Vertebrate Development (4) BioS 353 Virology (3)
BioS 335 Animal Behavior (3) BioS 356 Human Genetics and Reproduction (3)
  BioS 337 Behavioral Ecology (3) BioS 367 Cell Biology (3)
  BioS 382 Endocrinology of Behavior (3) BioS 371 Elements of Biochemistry I (3)

 

Mathematics (7-8 credit hours)

MATH 51 Survey of Calculus I (4)
MATH 52 Survey of Calculus II (3) or
MATH 12 Basic Statistics (4) or
BIOS 130 Biostatistics (4)

Collateral Sciences (12 credit hours)

CHM 30 Introduction to Chemical Principles (4)
CHM 110, 111 Organic Chemistry I and lab (3,1)
CHM 112, 113 Organic Chemistry II and lab (3,1)

 

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BS in Biology

Requirements for the B.S. in Biology

College and university requirements as above (25 credit hours)

Major Program (73-74 credit hours)

Biology (37 credit hours)

BIOS 41 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular (3)
BIOS 42 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular Lab (1)
BIOS 115 Biology Core II: Genetics (3)
BIOS 116 Biology Core II: Genetics Laboratory (1)
BIOS 120 Biology Core III: Integrative and Comparative (4)
BIOS 317 Evolution (3)
Electives* Biology electives (22)

*Biology electives must include two courses from list A, two courses from list B and at least four credits of laboratory experience (e.g. two 2 credit laboratory courses). These will be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

  List A  List B
  Bios 276 Central Nervous System and Behavior (3) BioS 324 Bacteriology (3)
  BioS 313 Vertebrate Histology (4) BioS 345 Molecular Genetics (3)
  BioS 314 Vertebrate Development (4) BioS 353 Virology (3)
BioS 335 Animal Behavior (3) BioS 356 Human Genetics and Reproduction (3)
  BioS 337 Behavioral Ecology (3) BioS 367 Cell Biology (3)
  BioS 382 Endocrinology of Behavior (3) BioS 371 Elements of Biochemistry I (3)

Mathematics (11-12 credit hours minimum)

MATH 21, 22 Calculus I, II (8) or
MATH 51, 52 Survey of Calculus I, II (7)
BIOS 130 Biostatistics (4)

Collateral Sciences (25 credit hours)

CHM 30, 31 or 40, 41 Introductory Chemistry I, II (8)
CHM 110, 112 Organic Chemistry I, II (6)
CHM 111, 113 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II (2)
PHY 10 General Physics I (4) or
PHY 11 Introductory Physics I (4)
PHY 12 Introductory Physics Laboratory I (1)
PHY 13 General Physics II (3)
PHY 22 Physics Lab II (1)

Recommended B.S. Biology Sequence

Freshman year
BIOS 41 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular (3)
BIOS 42 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory (1)
MATH 51, 52 Survey of Calculus I, II (7)
CHM 30, 31 Introductory Chemistry I, II (8)
Dept 90 First Year Seminar (3)

Sophomore year
BIOS 115 Biology Core II: Genetics (3)
BIOS 116 Biology Core II: Genetics Laboratory (1)
CHM 110, 111, 112, 113 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory (8)
BIOS 120 Biology Core III: Integrative and Comparative (4)
BIOS 130 Biostatistics (4)

Junior year
PHY 10, 12 General Physics I and Laboratory (5)
PHY 13, 22 General Physics II and Laboratory (4)
Approved biology electives including one from list A and one from list B (9-12)

Senior year
BIOS 317 Evolution (3)
Electives Biology electives including at least 4 credits of laboratory (10-14)

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BA with major in Behavioral Neuroscience

The B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience is a natural science major for B.A. distribution purposes.

Required Major Courses

BIOS 41 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular (3)
BIOS 42 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory (1)
BIOS 115 Biology Core II: Genetics (3)
BIOS 116 Biology Core II: Genetics Laboratory (1)
BIOS 120 Biology Core III: Integrative and Comparative (4)
BIOS 130 Biostatistics (4)
BIOS 276 Central Nervous System and Behavior (3)
BIOS 277 Experimental Neuroscience Laboratory (2)
BIOS 365 Neurobiology of Sensory Systems (3)
BIOS 382 Endocrinology of Behavior (3)

Major Electives (6 credits)

Any 300-level BIOS course (except BIOS 347, 383, 387, 388, 391, or 393) not fulfilling another BNS requirement above.
CHM 31 Chemical Equilibria in Aqueous Systems (4) or
CHM 41 Concepts, Models and Expeirments II (4)
PSYC 117 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 153 Personality (4)
PSYC 176 Mind and Brain (4)

Math and Science Requirements for the B.A. (23-24 credits)

MATH 21, 22 Calculus I, II (8) or
MATH 51, 52 Survey of Calculus I, II (7)
CHM 30 Introduction to Chemical Principles (4) or
CHM 40 Concepts, Models and Experiments I (4)
CHM 110, 112 Organic Chemistry (6)
CHM 111, 113 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II (2)
PSYC 1 Introduction to Psychology (4)

Other Options

The B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience can be structured for a wide variety of possibilities (see listing of recommended elective courses). By using free electives to take additional science, the B.A. also can serve as a preprofessional degree for many graduate and professional schools. Students interested in a particular careerbased program should consult their advisor or the program director, Professor John Nyby.

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BS in Behavioral Neuroscience

An early commitment to the B.S. is desirable to meet all the requirements of this program.

Required Major Courses (27 credits)

BIOS 41 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular (3)
BIOS 42 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory (1)
BIOS 115 Biology Core II: Genetics (3)
BIOS 116 Biology Core II: Genetics Laboratory (1)
BIOS 120 Biology Core III: Integrative and Comparative (4)
BIOS 130 Biostatistics (4)
BIOS 276 Central Nervous System and Behavior (3)
BIOS 277 Experimental Neuroscience Laboratory (2)
BIOS 365 Neurobiology of Sensory Systems (3)
BIOS 382 Endocrinology of Behavior (3)

Additional Biological Sciences Requirements for the B.S. (8-10 credits)

BIOS 371, 372 Elements of Biochemistry I & II (6)
BIOS 234 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (4) or
BIOS 377 Biochemistry Laboratory (3) or
BIOS 368 Cell Biology Laboratory (2). If this course is elected, Cell Biology BIOS 367 must be taken as an elective

Advanced BIOS Course Requirement [Take 1 of the following: (3-4 credits)]

BIOS 369 Comparative Physiology of Vertebrate Systems (3-4)
BIOS 384 Eukaryotic Signal Transduction (3)
BIOS 395 Neuropharmacology (3)

Math and Science Requirements for the B.S. (36-38 credits)

MATH 21, 22 Calculus I, II (8) or
MATH 51, 52 Survey of Calculus I, II (7)
CHM 30 Introduction to Chemical Principles (4) and
CHM 31 Chemical Equilibria in Aqueous Systems (4) or
CHM 40 Concepts, Models and Experiments I (4) and
CHM 41 Concepts, Models and Experiments II (4)
CHM 110, 112 Organic Chemistry I, II (6)
CHM 111, 113 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
PHY 10, 12 General Physics I and Laboratory (5) or
PHY 11, 12 Introductory Physics I and Laboratory (5)
PHY 13, 22 General Physics II and Laboratory (4) or
PHY 21, 22 Introductory Physics II and Laboratory (5)
PSYC 1 Introduction Psychology (4)

Major Electives (6 credits)

Any 300-level BIOS course (except BioS 347, 383, 387, 388, 391, or 393) not fulfilling another BNS requirement above.
PSYC 117 Cognitive Psychology (4)
PSYC 153 Personality (4)
PSYC 176 Mind and Brain (4)

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BA with major in Molecular Biology

College and university requirements (see above).

Biology (34-35 credit hours)

BIOS 41, 42 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular (3) and Lab (1)
BIOS 115, 116 Biology Core II: Genetics (3) and Lab (1)
BIOS 120 Biology Core III: Integrative and Comparative (4)
BIOS 324 Bacteriology (3) or
BIOS 328 Immunology (3) or
BIOS 353 Virology (3)
BIOS 325 Bacteriology Lab (2) or
BIOS 368 Cell Biology Lab (2) or
BIOS 377 Biochemistry Lab (3)
BIOS 371 Elements of Biochemistry I (3)
BIOS 345, 346 Molecular Genetics (3) and Lab (2)
BIOS 367 Cell Biology (3)
BIOS approved electives (6 credit hours)

Mathematics (7-8 credit hours)

MATH 21, 22 Calculus I, II (8) or
MATH 51, 52 Survey of Calculus I, II (7)

Chemistry (16 credit hours)

CHM 30 Introduction to Chemical Principles (4)
CHM 31 Chemical Equilibria in Aqueous Systems (4)
CHM 110, 111, 112, 113 Organic Chemistry I, II and Lab I, II (8)

Physics (9 credit hours)

PHY 10, 12 General Physics I and Lab I (5) or
PHY 11, 12 Introductory Physics I and Lab (5)
PHY 13, 22 General Physics II and Lab (4)

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BS in Molecular Biology

Major Program (82-85 credit hours)

Mathematics (11-12 credit hours)

MATH 21, 22 Calculus I, II (8) or
MATH 51, 52 Survey of Calculus I, II (7)
BIOS 130 Biostatistics (4)

Chemistry (16 credit hours)

CHM 30 Introduction to Chemical Principles (4)
CHM 31 Chemical Equilibria in Aqueous Systems (4)
CHM 110, 112 Organic Chemistry I, II (6)
CHM 111, 113 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)

Physics (9-10 credit hours)

PHY 10 (or 11) General Physics I (4)
PHY 12 Introductory Physics Laboratory I (1)
PHY 13 (or 21) General Physics II (3 or 4)
PHY 22 Physics Lab II (1)

Molecular Biology (46-47 credit hours)

BIOS 41 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular (3)
BIOS 42 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular Lab (1)
BIOS 115 Biology Core II: Genetics (3)
BIOS 116 Biology Core II: Genetics Laboratory (1)
BIOS 120 Biology Core III: Integrative and Comparative (4)
BIOS 324 Bacteriology (3) or
BIOS 328 Immunology (3) or
BIOS 353 Virology (3)
BIOS 325 Bacteriology Laboratory (2) or
BIOS 368 Cell Biology Laboratory (2) or
BIOS 377 Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
BIOS 345 Molecular Genetics (3)
BIOS 346 Molecular Genetics Laboratory (2)
BIOS 367 Cell Biology (3)
BIOS 371 Elements of Biochemistry I (3)
BIOS 372 Elements of Biochemistry II (3)
BIOS 381 Physical Biochemistry (3)
BIOS Approved Molecular Biology Electives (12)

Recommended sequence for the B.S. in Molecular Biology Freshman year
BIOS 41 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular (3)
BIOS 42 Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory (1)
MATH 21, 22 Calculus I, II (8)
CHM 30 Introduction to Chemical Principles (4)
CHM 31 Chemical Equilibria in Aqueous Systems (4)

Sophomore year
BIOS 115 Biology Core II: Genetics (3)
BIOS 116 Biology Core II: Genetics Laboratory (1)
BIOS 120 Biology Core III: Integrative and Comparative (4)
CHM 110, 112 Organic Chemistry I,II (6)
CHM 111, 113 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
PHY 10, 12 General Physics I and Lab (5)
PHY 13, 22 General Physics II and Laboratory (4)

Junior year and Senior year
BIOS 324 Bacteriology (3) or
BIOS 328 Immunology (3) or
BIOS 353 Virology (3)
BIOS 325 Bacteriology Laboratory (2) or
BIOS 368 Cell Biology Laboratory (2) or
BIOS 377 Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
BIOS 345 Molecular Genetics (3)
BIOS 346 Molecular Genetics Laboratory (2)
BIOS 371, 372 Elements of Biochemistry I, II (6)
BIOS 367 Cell Biology (3)
BIOS 381 Physical Biochemistry (3)
BIOS Approved Molecular Biology Electives (12)

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BS in Biochemistry

An interdepartmental B.S. biochemistry major is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences. The B.S. in biochemistry degree is managed by an interdepartmental committee composed of biochemists, bioorganic chemists, and molecular/cellular biologists. The committee administers the degree, monitors the academic program, provides research possibilities, and advises student majors. The director of the program is currently Linda J. Lowe-Krentz. Faculty in both Biological Sciences (Lowe-Krentz and Iovine) and Chemistry (Schray) serve as advisors. Majors should be declared in Biological Sciences.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry

I. College and University Requirements (25)

a. ENGL 1, 2 (6)
b. First Year Seminar (3)
c. Nonscience electives: 16 hours to be broadly distributed in fields of thought other than natural science and mathematics, including at least 8 hours each in humanities and social sciences.

II. Collateral Science Requirements (at least 24)

a. Physics 10, 12, 13, 22 (or 11, 12, 21, 22) (9 or 10)
b. Mathematics 51, 52, 43 (or 21, 22, 23) and a statistics course (at least 12)
c. Survey of Computer Science 12 or Engineering 1 (3)

III. Required Chemistry Courses (25)

a.
Introductory Chemistry 40, 41 (8*)
 
b. Organic Chemistry 110, 111, 112, 113 (8)
c. Inorganic Chemistry 307 (3)
d. Physical Chemistry 194 (3)
e. Analytical Chemistry 332 (3)

*The Chemistry 30/31 sequence may be substituted.

IV. Required Biological Science courses (25 minimum)

a. Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular and Laboratory 41, 42 (4)
b. Biology Core II: Genetics 115 (3)
c. Biochemistry 371, 372, 377 (9)
d. Advanced Laboratory (4)
e. Electives in Biological Sciences (3 hours minimum*)
f. Technical Writing (2 hours minimum)

*The three credit hours of biological sciences electives are chosen with the approval of the adviser.

Model Pattern Roster

Freshman year
CHM 40, 41 Concepts, Models, and Experiments I and II (8)
BIOS 41, 42 Biology Core I: Cell and Molecular and Laboratory (4)
MATH 51, 52 Survey of Calculus I and II (7) or
MATH 21, 22 Calculus I and II (8)
Dept 90 College Seminar (3)
ENGL 1,2 Composition and Literature (6)
PHY 10, 12 General Physics I and Laboratory (5) or
PHY 11, 12 Introductory Physics I and Laboratory (5)

Sophomore year
CHM 110, 111, 112, 113 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory (8)
PHY 13, 22 General Physics II and Laboratory (4) or
PHY 21, 22 Introductory Phys. II and Laboratory MATH 43 or Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 23 Calculus III
BIOS 130 Biostatistics*
BIOS 115 Biology Core II: Genetics

*A statistics course from the MATH department could also fulfill the statistics requirement

Junior year
CHM 194 Physical Chemistry for Biological Sciences (3)
CHM 332 Analytical Chemistry (3)
BIOS 371, 372 Elem. of Biochemistry I and II (6)
BIOS 377 Biochem. Lab (3)
CSE 12 Survey of Computer Science (3)
Technical Writing (2)

Senior year
BIOS Advanced laboratory course(s)
BIOS elective
CHM 307 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)

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Departmental Honors

A student may apply for admission to the departmental honors program through a potential thesis advisor. Requirements for Departmental Honors include a major GPA of 3.25 and at least 2 semesters of research for a minimum of 6 credits. The student must write a research proposal for their project and a thesis at the conclusion of their research. This work must be presented in a symposium at the end of the project. Students must meet regularly with their advisor and research group to discuss their research progress in BioS 387 and BioS 388 to facilitate progress in the research project.

Minors in Biology and Molecular Biology

Minors in biology and molecular biology are available. Contact the department for details.

 

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