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Program Advisors: Dr. Marla Behm, Dr. Christine Fleischacker, Sr. Nicole Kunze, Dr. Michael Lares, Dr. Jim Maskey, Dr. Margaret Nordlie (chair)
The Biology major is a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree program designed to prepare students for a career as a professional biologist, or to provide the essential background for entrance into graduate school or professional programs. Students planning to attend graduate school or professional school should consult with their advisor and plan a program of study that meets the requirements of a particular school.
Biology graduates will:
be able to effectively communicate in both written and oral formats
demonstrate a broad, relevant knowledge base in biological science
exhibit analytical and critical thinking skills
demonstrate the ability to search for and
demonstrate technical proficiency in the lab
recognize the role of the individual and society in understanding and improving the natural environment
be competitive in gaining admittance to professional or graduate schools, or in securing employment requiring a baccalaureate
BIO 103, 106, 311, 354, 480; CHE 111, 112, 217, and either 310 or 318; PHY 203, 304; MAT 209 and one of the following: MAT 204, 206, or 210.
Students must take five additional 300-400 level biology courses selected from three areas of study to complete the major. These electives are in addition to the required biology courses and must total a minimum of 20 semester hours.
Students are urged to consider taking the following as electives to strengthen the major: MAT 204 or a foreign language.
Minor sequence in Biology (20 semester credits):
BIO 103, 106; three Biology courses of 300 level or higher.
Minor sequence in Environmental Science (20 semester credits):
SCI 201; CHE 326 and 209 or 309; BIO 326 and 415 or 422 or 423.