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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate 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: 67-90 Semester Hours


Elect One of the 8 Areas: 32.5-55.5 Semester Hours


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


General Education Requirements: 20-35 Semester Hours


All students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education. See The General Education Program Requirements  for the full listing of requirements. The following general education courses are required by this major:

Free Electives: 9-23 Semester Hours


Area 1: 15-21 Semester Hours
Area 2: 11-16 Semester Hours
Area 3: 10-14 Semester Hours
Area 4: 18-20 Semester Hours
Area 5: 17-23 Semester Hours
Area 6: 9 Semester Hours
Area 7: 11-12 Semester Hours
Area 8: 10-11 Semester Hours

Minimum Total: 120 Semester Hours


Accelerated Program Notes:


The following accelerated model for this program is designed for the MS Biology.

Preference for admission to the program is given to prospective students with the following:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Required to have completed at least 8 credit hours of biology courses, and a grade of a B or higher in each previously completed biology course
  • Recommended to have taken at least one chemistry course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose stating career goals for the non-thesis option, and research and career goals for the thesis option

Undergraduate students can take up to 12 credits of graduate credits while working towards earning an undergraduate degree. 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):

BIOL 5011  Special Topics in Biology (1-5) (BIOL 4011 )

BIOL 5012  Special Projects in Biology (0-8) (BIOL 4012 )

BIOL 5014  Internship in Biology (1-9) (BIOL 4014  )

BIOL 5102  Evolution (3) (BIOL 4102 )

BIOL 5113  Biostatistics (3) (BIOL 4013 )

BIOL 5210L  Ichthyology Lab (1: 1 lab) (BIOL 4210L )

BIOL 5210  Ichthyology (3) (BIOL 4210 )

BIOL 5221L  Mammalogy Lab (2: 2 lab) (BIOL 4221L )

BIOL 5221  Mammalogy (2) (BIOL 4221 )

BIOL 5223L  Ornithology Lab (2: 2 lab) (BIOL 4223L )

BIOL 5223  Ornithology (2) (BIOL 4223 )

BIOL 5232L  Herpetology Lab (2: 2 lab) (BIOL 4232L )

BIOL 5232  Herpetology (2) (BIOL 4232 )

BIOL 5311  Parasitology (4: 2 lecture, 2 lab) (BIOL 4311 )

BIOL 5312L  Entomology Lab (2: 2 lab) (BIOL 4312L )

BIOL 5312  Entomology (2) (BIOL 4312 )

BIOL 5400  Endocrinology (2) (BIOL 4400 )

BIOL 5411  Plant Physiology (4: 2 lecture, 2 lab) (BIOL 4411 )

BIOL 5412  Wildlife Diseases (4: 3 lecture, 1 lab) (BIOL 4412 )

BIOL 5514  Molecular Biology (3) (BIOL 4514 )

BIOL 5515  Molecular Technology (3: 2 lecture, 1 lab) (BIOL 4515 )

BIOL 5516  Hematology/Virology (3) (BIOL 4516 )

BIOL 5517  Serology Laboratory (1) (BIOL 4517 )

BIOL 5709  Plant Ecology (4: 2 lecture, 2 lab) (BIOL 4709 )

BIOL 5710  Freshwater Biology (4) (BIOL 4710 )

BIOL 5711L  Animal Ecology Lab (1: 1 lab) (BIOL 4711L )

BIOL 5711  Animal Ecology (3) (BIOL 4711 )

BIOL 5722  Conservation Biology (3) (BIOL 4722 )

BIOL 5919  Wildlife Policy and Law (3) (BIOL 4919 )

BIOL 5953  Ecology Field Course (1-6) (BIOL 4953 )

 


The following 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 MS/MAT accelerated program and complete a departmental application to declare the accelerated BS/MAT 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 )