Sep 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BS (43-380) (120 hours) [Also available as an accelerated program]

Major, Bachelor of Science Degree

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Apply fundamental biological principles from major areas of biology to answer questions encountered by biologists
  • Use discipline-appropriate methods and instruments with accuracy, precision and safety in order to answer biological questions.
  • Use the language and concepts of Biology to communicate effectively in oral and written form.

Biology, BS (43-380) (Area 1: General Biology) (4 Year Guide)  

Biology, BS (43-380) (Area 2: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) (4 Year Guide)  

Biology, BS (43-380) (Area 3: Wildlife & Natural Resource Conservation) (4 Year Guide)  

Biology, BS (43-380) (Area 4: Integrative Biology, Plant Biology Emphasis) (4 Year Guide)  

Biology, BS (43-380) (Area 4: Integrative Biology, Animal Biology Emphasis) (4 Year Guide)  

Biology, BS (43-380) (Area 5: Biomedical/Cellular & Molecular Biology) (4 Year Guide)  

Biology, BS (43-380) (Area 6: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet) (4 Year Guide)  

Biology, BS (43-380) (Area 7: Conservation Enforcement) (4 Year Guide)  

Biology, BS (43-380) (Area 8: Pre-Science Education) (4 Year Guide)  

Major Requirements: 63-77 Semester Hours

Elect One of the 8 Areas: 34-48 Semester Hours

Choose Plant Biol. or Animal Biol. Emphasis (A or B): 22-24 Semester Hours

General Education Requirements: 26-35 Semester Hours

All students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education. See The General Education Program Requirements  for full listing of requirements. The following general education classes are either required or listed as a major option elective by this major:

Free Electives: 12-21 Semester Hours

Area 1: 22 Sem. Hours
Area 2: 16-21 Sem. Hours
Area 3: 15-20 Sem. Hours
Area 4: 19-21 Sem. Hours
Area 5: 21 Sem. Hours
Area 6: 15 Sem. Hours
Area 7: 17-18 Sem. Hours
Area 8: 12 Sem. Hours

Minimum Total: 120 Semester Hours

Accelerated Program Notes:

The Accelerated model for this program is designed for Area 8 Pre-Science Education to the Master of Arts in Teaching Science Education Area.

UCM students having completed at least 9 hours of biology courses with a GPA of at least 3.00 may consult with the coordinator of the MA/BS accelerated program and complete a departmental application to declare the accelerated BS/MA major. To be recommended to the graduate portion of the program, students must have a major GPA of 3.00 or above and an overall GPA of 2.75 in the undergraduate portion of the program. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, students will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the accelerated program. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible for science teaching certification in Biology.

Accelerated student may be eligible to include the following courses as overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs.  They would be taken at the Graduate level (5XXX):

EDFL 5105 Foundations of Teaching and Learning (EDFL 4105 )

STCH 5010 Exploring First Hand Science Lessons (STCH 4010 )

STCH 5020 Internship in Science Teaching and Learning (STCH 4020 )

STCH 5050 Science Teaching Methods (STCH 4050 )