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  Oct 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, BS


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General Education Requirements


Competencies

Competencies must be completed within the student’s first 30 credits.

Basic College Mathematics

Reading Comprehension

General Education Categories (34-35 credits total)

FYS, W-I, and OC courses must be completed within the student’s first 30 credits. Courses used to satisfy the general education requirements of the university must be taken from a minimum of six different academic disciplines. First Year Seminar and Level I Written Communications courses are exempt from this restriction.  Courses may not be used to fulfill both major discipline and general education requirements.

FYS

First Year Seminar (Required of all freshmen and transfers with fewer than 15 transfer credits) 3 credits

W-I

Written Communication Level I 3 credits

OC

Oral Communication 3 credits
PGR Personal Growth and Responsibility 3 credits
CEA Creative Expression and Appreciation 3 credits
HP The Human Past 3 credits
CS Contemporary Society 3 credits
WC World Cultures 3 credits
#SR Scientific Reasoning Laboratory Course 4 credits
Any Scientific Reasoning Course 3-4 credits
QR Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits

  Written Communication (Level II and Level III)

Courses taken for Written Communication Level II and III may be used to satisfy requirements anywhere else in a student’s program of study where they may apply.  Credits will be counted in the area where they apply.

W-II Written Communication - Level II
W-III Written Communication - Level III

# Scientific Reasoning General Education category courses do not have to be a sequence or be from the same discipline.

 

Courses in Major (45-49 credits total)


Electives (3-4 credits)


  • BIO Biology Elective __

Free Electives (8 credit minimum)


 

May be necessary to take additional credits to attain the minimum 120 credits required for graduation depending on choices made for general education or minor selection.

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Additional Information and Notes


       Students may choose to use support courses to satisfy general education categories, but may not be required to do so.  Note:  If a course is used to satisfy two or more requirements (for example, a support course and Scientific Reasoning requirement), the credits are counted in only one place.  Using a course to satisfy more than one requirement does not reduce the credit total required for graduation.  

       Courses used to satisfy the general education requirements of the university must be taken from a minimum of six different academic disciplines.  First Year Seminar and Level I Written Communications courses are exempt from this restriction.  Courses may not be used to fulfill both major discipline and general education requirements.

#        These Scientific Reasoning General Education Category courses do not have to be a sequence or be from the same discipline.

       Level II and Level III Written Communications Courses may be used to satisfy requirements anywhere else in a student’s program of study where they may apply.  The credits are counted only in one area.

        Electives within the major are to be chosen from 300 to 400 level courses, exclusive of BIO304 , 324, and 328 .  A maximum 4 credits from BIO407 , 408N , 416 , 418 , 420  or 422  may be used to fulfill one Biology Elective; additional credits will count as Free Electives.  Secondary Education minors must select BIO320 , and one course in Geological Sciences.

        Three of the four group elective MUST have a lab.

         The sequence can be either PHS211A  and 212A , or PHS221  and 222 .

Exceptions in the timing of courses will be made for transfer students.

Total minimum credits for graduation: 120