Biology (BA)


2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Biological Sciences Department

Program Description

The bachelor of arts degree is designed for students who seek a broad education in biology. This degree is suitable preparation for a diverse range of careers including health science, science education, and ecology-related fields.

Students can earn the BA in biology alone, or with one of three emphases: health science, education, or biodiversity.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete any of the bachelor of arts in biology will be able to:

A. Explain and apply biological, chemical, and physical principles as they relate to the living world:

  • Describe the storage and transmission of genetic information in bacteria, plants, and animals.
  • Discuss the interactions between various organisms and their local environment and the effects they have on one another.
  • Explain the processes underlying evolutionary diversity and their impact on population dynamics.
  • Communicate the core principles of biology, chemistry, and physics in writings and in presentations.

B. Describe the ethical ramifications of scientific research and technology and their impacts on society:

  • Demonstrate a high level of honesty and integrity in all scientific work.
  • Accurately report the original data, methods, and results for all experiments done.
  • Give proper credit and references when using the work of other researchers.

C. Demonstrate the ability to do research and effectively communicate scientific information:

  • Recognize the scientific method when designing and interpreting laboratory experiments.
  • Use computers as a tool for doing research, gathering information, and presenting results.
  • Implement proper control experiments for scientific analysis.
  • Apply standard laboratory techniques and procedures when doing experiments.
  • Research information taken from multiple sources in the scientific literature.
    Complete a research project and present the results in oral and written form.

D. Apply their skills and knowledge of the living world to grow as a global citizen and make positive contributions to society.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 54 credit hours BA in biology core coursework
  • 12 additional credit hours in BIOL or CHEM at the 3000-4000 level 
    or required emphasis courses (see below)
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours, as adjusted for Biology BAs
  • Electives

Global Citizenship Program for Biology BAs
Requirements are modified to allow MATH 1430 to satisfy both a requirement of the major and also the GCP Quantitative Literacy requirement.

Curriculum

All of the bachelor of arts in biology degree options require the same 54 credit hours of core coursework:

Core Courses (54 hours)

  • BIOL 1550, 1551 Essentials of Biology I (5 hours)
  • BIOL 1560, 1561 Essentials of Biology II (5 hours)
  • BIOL 2010 Evolution (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3050, 3051 Genetics (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3200, 3201 Ecology (4 hours)
  • BIOL 4400 Research Methods (3 hours)
  • BIOL 4420 BA Senior Thesis (4 hours)
  • CHEM 1100, 1101 General Chemistry I (4 hours)
  • CHEM 1110, 1111 General Chemistry II (4 hours)
  • CHEM 2100, 2101 Organic Chemistry I (4 hours)
  • MATH 1430 College Algebra (3 hours)
  • MATH 3200 Statistics (3 hours)
    or PSYC 2750 Statistics (3 hours)
  • PHYS 1710, 1711 College Physics I (4 hours)
  • PHYS 1720, 1721 College Physics II (4 hours)

BA in Biology (66 hours)

The general degree offers the greatest flexibility, allowing students to select 12 hours of electives from any of our 3000+ level BIOL or CHEM courses in addition to the 54 credits of core coursework in biology listed above.

Emphasis in Health Science (72 hours)

The emphasis in health science features upper-level courses that apply to health-related fields. Students can take advantage of this emphasis to help prepare for a career in health sciences.

Emphasis-Specific Learning Outcomes

In addition to the general learning outcomes, students who complete the emphasis in health science will be able to:

  • Discuss basic aspects of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Describe the molecular basis for principles in medicine.
  • Research admission to health science-related programs or plan a career path in health science-related fields.

Required Courses for the Emphasis in Health Science

In addition to the 54 credit hours of core coursework in biology, the following courses are required for the emphasis in health science: 

  • BIOL 3010, 3011 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hours)
  • CHEM 3100, 3101 Biochemistry I (4 hours)

A minimum of 4 credit hours selected from the following:

  • BIOL 3020, 3021 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3120, 3121 Microbiology (4 hours)
  • CHEM 2110, 2111 Organic Chemistry II (4 hours)

A minimum of 6 credit hours selected from the following:

  • BIOL 3150 Nutrition (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3800 Medical Terminology (3 hours)
  • BIOL 4300 Immunology (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2340 Bioethics (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3600 Topics in Biology* (3-4 hours)
  • CHEM 3600 Topics in Chemistry* (3-4 hours

*Only approved Topics courses can count towards this emphasis

Emphasis in Education (72 hours)

The emphasis in education is designed for students interested in science education. Those students pursuing a Biology/Education double major can take advantage of this emphasis to help satisfy some of the requirements for their Certification in Secondary Education. Interested students should contact the Office of Teacher Certification for applications and copies of current admission requirements.

Emphasis-Specific Learning Outcomes

In addition to the general learning outcomes, students who complete the emphasis in education will be able to:

  • Describe the role of biological, chemical, and physical principles as they relate to the functioning of humans and animals.
  • Describe the principles of Earth sciences.
  • Plan a path towards teaching certification in Unified Science when double-majoring in Education.

Required Courses for the Emphasis in Education

In addition to the 54 credit hours of core coursework in biology, the following courses are required for the emphasis in education:

  • BIOL 3010, 3011 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3120, 3121 Microbiology (4 hours)
  • PHIL 2330 Philosophy and Technology (3 hours)
  • SCIN 1470, 1471 Earth and Universe with lab (4 hours)
  • SCIN 1510 Global Climate Change (3 hours)

Emphasis in Biodiversity (70 hours)

The emphasis in biodiversity is designed for those students that have an interest in understanding the variety and biology of life forms on our planet, and how humans fit into global ecosystems. This emphasis is focused on applying fundamental principles of biology to ecological issues.

Emphasis-Specific Learning Outcomes

In addition to the general learning outcomes, students who complete the emphasis in biodiversity will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges in supporting biodiversity and conservation.
  • Integrate knowledge of diverse living organisms and how they relate to the environment.

Required Courses for the Emphasis in Biodiversity

In addition to the 54 credit hours of core coursework in biology, the following courses are required for the emphasis in biodiversity:

  • BIOL 2400 Zoology (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3700, 3701 Plant Physiology (4 hours)
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (3 hours)

A minimum of 3 hours selected from the following:

  • BIOL 1200 Stream Ecology (4 hours)
  • BIOL 2200 Biological Basis of Animal Behavior (3 hours)
  • SCIN 1510 Global Climate Change (3 hours)
  • SCIN 1520, 1521 Environment (4 hours)

A minimum of 3 hours selected from the following:

  • BIOL 3120, 3121 Microbiology (4 hours)
  • BIOL 4050 Gene Expression (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3600 Topics in Biology* (3-4 hours)

*Only approved Topics courses can count towards this emphasis

Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.