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Courses of special interest:

  • Molecular Genetics
  • Entomology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Neurobiology
  • Public Health
  • Immunology
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Field Botany

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Catalog 2014-2015

We believe that student-lead research is the best way for our students to learn to think like a scientist, work collaboratively, and develop their problem-solving skills. Because of this commitment, all of our biology classes have a laboratory component that is also taught by the faculty. In the laboratory, students are trained in modern techniques (e.g., PCR, cell culture, physiological monitoring) and then use those techniques to explore questions they have developed.

All biology majors take the same foundational classes. After completion of the common core, students can select from one of three tracks: biology; molecular and cellular biology; or ecology, evolution, and behavior. More information.

Biology Major/Minor Patterns
General Biology Major
15 course units, including:
BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Molecules and Cells
BIO 1206 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Organisms and Ecosystems
BIO 2042 Biologists’ Toolkit (1/2 unit)
BIO 4432 Capstone in Biology (1/2 unit)
9 additional electives including:
6 Biology courses at the 3000-level or above
Remaining 3 electives may come from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, or Physics
Allied Courses
CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
MATH 1304 Calculus I -OR-
MATH 1144 Elementary Statistics

To become certified to teach biology, students must complete the following:
Biology Major
Education Minor for Secondary Certification
Completion of Education Minor for Secondary Certification (8-12) for Teaching Biology requires:
EDU 1004 Observing the Learner
EDU 2014 Schooling in American Culture
EDU 2094 Standards-Based Instruction
EDU 2164 Designing Constructivist-Based Learning Climates
EDU 3054  Instructional Strategies and Content Area Literacy for Learners in Middle and Secondary Schools 
EDU  3244  Practicum in Learning Experiences 
EDU  4114  Supervised Teaching in High School 
EDU  4514  Senior Seminar
OR Senior Seminar in the student's discipline 
Students must also take the following allied course:
PSY 1004 General Psychology
 

Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology Track
15 course units, including:
BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Molecules and Cells
BIO 1206 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Organisms and Ecosystems
BIO 2042 Biologists’ Toolkit (1/2 unit)
BIO 4432 Capstone in Biology (1/2 unit)
6 additional Biology courses, at least 3 from the following list:
BIO 3026 Developmental Biology
BIO 3034 Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes
BIO 3044 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria
BIO 3046 Microbiology
BIO 3056 Bacterial Pathogenesis
BIO 4144 Immunology
BIO 4304 Advanced Cell Biology
CHEM 3084 Biochemistry
Allied Courses
CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2165 Organic Chemistry II
MATH 1304 Calculus I
PHYS 2115 University Physics I
 

Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology Track
BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Molecules and Cells
BIO 1206 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Organisms and Ecosystems
BIO 2042 Biologists’ Toolkit (1/2 unit)
BIO 2314 Evolution
BIO 3204 Animal Behavior
BIO 4144 Ecology
BIO 4432 Capstone in Biology (1/2 unit)
3 courses from the following list:
BIO 2016 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 2124 Field Botany
BIO 2164 Ornithology
BIO 2144 Tropical Ecology
BIO 2504 Entomology
BIO 3065 Animal Physiology
Remaining 3 electives may come from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, or Physics
Allied Courses
CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
MATH 1144 Elementary Statistics
 

Minor
6 1/2 course units, including:
BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Molecules and Cells
BIO 1206 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Organisms and Ecosystems
BIO 2042 Biologists’ Toolkit (1/2 unit)

3 additional biology courses, at least 1 from the 3000-level or above
Allied Course (1 of the following):
CHEM 1004 Chemistry in Society
CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
CS 1124 Foundations of Computer Science
MATH 1144 Elementary Statistics
PHYS 1014 Conceptual Physics
PHYS 2115 University Physics I
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