Biology Major & Minor

The biology major assists students to achieve a broad-based education in the life sciences, which emphasize the various biological principles related to structural, functional, taxonomical and ecological phenomena. It provides a rich understanding of the natural world—knowledge worth having for its own sake and for the perspective it brings to one’s life.

Learning Objectives

The biology faculty expects biology major students to:

  1. Learn molecular/cellular, genetic, organismal, and ecological principles of biology including historical perspectives and current trends. (Biological Principles)
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the areas of evaluation of experimental design and in the interpretation of experimental results. (Experimentation)
  3. Demonstrate laboratory skills in the areas of experimental procedure and use of equipment. (Laboratory Skills)
  4. Apply effective oral and written communication skills. (Communication)

Program Coordinator: Jared Lee, Ph.D.

Major Requirements (42 credit hours)

Major Core (34 credit hours):

Major Electives: at least 8 credit hours from among the following:

Although not required, MAT 221, PHY 201, and PHY 202 are strongly recommended for the biology major.

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Minor Requirements (21 credit hours)

Minor Core (15 credit hours):

Minor Electives: an additional 6 credit hours of biology courses (BIO) from among the biology major core or electives.

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