Our Biology program offers students a strong foundation in basic biological principles coupled with a varied emphasis in chemistry and molecular biology.  This background is designed to provide you with a comprehensive undergraduate experience that will prepare you to enter graduate school or professional areas of the health sciences, wildlife biology, and more.

Learning Outcomes for Biology, BS and for Biology, Minor

Upon completion of this program, students can:

1. Demonstrate basic competence in the principles and theories used in biology, including

  1. Describe cellular structure and function
  2. Describe, discuss, and give examples of evidence supporting evolutionary theory
  3. Recognize and explain abiotic and biotic ecosystem components and their interactions

2.  Define, describe, and apply the scientific method, including

a.    Generate hypotheses, make predictions, design and conduct experiments

b.    Demonstrate skills in general biology and molecular* laboratory protocols

c.    Develop skills in field sampling methods

d.    Analyze, summarize, interpret, and present experimental results

3.   Convey ideas using language and presentation skills specific to the natural sciences, including,

  1. Design and conduct an undergraduate research project under faculty guidance
  2. Prepare a manuscript citing peer-reviewed publications
  3. Prepare and present an oral presentation of a scientific topic

 4.    Use critical thinking to synthesize information, evaluate assumptions and claims, and draw evidence based conclusions.

  1. Organize information gathered from several sources, including peer-reviewed.
  2. Synthesize and communicate material correctly.
  3. Critically extend or defend evidence-based conclusions

*Biology majors only

Bachelor of Science Biology (No Minor Required)

Learning outcomes: Students will describe the structure and function of cellular components. Students will describe, discuss and give examples of macro and micro evolution. Students will recognize and explain interrelationships and dependencies between abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems. Students will apply the scientific method when testing hypotheses, designing and conducting experiments. The student will design and conduct an undergraduate research project under the guidance of the course faculty. Students will prepare a library research paper, using only peer-reviewed journal articles, which compares and contrasts two or more taxa. The student will prepare and present an electronic oral presentation of their undergraduate research project. The student will demonstrate appropriate gel electrophoresis and sample loading techniques. The student will demonstrate appropriate field population sampling. The student will demonstrate appropriate aseptic technique using bacteria.

General Education Core33
Common Science Core
BIOB 160Principles of Living Systems4
BIOB 161Principles Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 420Evolution4
BIOE 370General Ecology4
BIOE 371General Ecology Lab0
BIOO 220General Botany3
BIOO 221Gen Botany Lab2
BIOO 380Zoology3
BIOO 381Zoology Lab2
CHMY 141College Chemistry I5
CHMY 142College Chemistry Lab I0
CHMY 143College Chemistry II5
CHMY 144College Chemistry Lab II0
PHSX 205College Physics I3
PHSX 206College Physics I Laboratory1
PHSX 207College Physics II3
PHSX 208College Physics II Laboratory1
Required Program Courses
BIOB 485Molecular Biology and Genetics4
BIOB 486Molecular Biology Genetics Lab0
CHMY 321Organic Chemistry I3
CHMY 322Organic Chemistry Lab I2
NSCI 450Undergraduate Research I3
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking (Meets CAT I Requirement)3
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics (Meets CAT II Requirement)3
Select twelve (12) credits from the following:12
Molecular Biology Techniques
Molecular Biology Technqus Lab
Field Biology Methods
Field Biology Methods Lab
Freshwater Ecology
Freshwater Ecology Lab
Human Anat Phys I
Human Anat Phys II
Microbiology for Hlth Sciences
and Microbiology Hlth Sciences Lab
Microbiology Hlth Sciences Lab
Medical Microbiology
Medical Microbiology Lab
General Botany
General Botany Laboratory
Entomology Lab
Ornithology Lab
Intro to Paleontology
Undergraduate Research II
Advisor Approved Electives or Minor18
Total minimum credits required for degree120


Minor Biology

Required Courses (BIOB, BIOE, BIOM, BIOO, and NSCI are CAT III)
BIOB 160Principles of Living Systems4
BIOB 161Principles Living Systems Lab1
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology4
BIOE 429Freshwater Ecology Lab0
BIOM 250Microbiology for Hlth Sciences3
BIOM 251Microbiology Hlth Sciences Lab1
BIOO 220General Botany3
BIOO 221Gen Botany Lab2
BIOO 320General Botany4
BIOO 321General Botany Laboratory0
BIOO 380Zoology3
BIOO 381Zoology Lab2
NSCI 301Essence of Science3
Total minimum credits required for minor30