General Education Requirements
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.
|First Year Seminar (Required of all freshmen and transfers with fewer than 15 transfer credits)
|Written Communication Level I
|Personal Growth and Responsibility
|Creative Expression and Appreciation
|The Human Past
|Scientific Reasoning Laboratory Course
|Any Scientific Reasoning Course
‡ Written Communication (Level II & Level III) and Diversity, Power Dynamics & Social Justice
Courses taken for Written Communication Level II, Level III and Diversity, Power Dynamics and Social Justice 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.
|Written Communication - Level II
|Written Communication - Level III
|Diversity, Power Dynamics & Social Justice
♥ 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 and Diversity, Power Dynamics & Social Justice 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.
♦ General Education categories to be completed with the first 30 credits. Exceptions in the timing of these courses will be made for transfer students.
Additional Information and Notes
✝ One Biology elective must be chosen from each group (Population/Ecosystems, Organismal/Physiology, Cellilar/Molecular) and then any two more 300-400 level electives. At least two of these must have a lab.
ϕ The Capstone Elective can include certain 300-400 level courses, as well as independent studies, internships, study abroad, service learning and other college credit situations (Consult with your Advisor for your options) – approval required by the chairperson of Biology for non-traditional course credit.
ω The Portfolio Seminar is a 1-credit hybrid class where students reflect on their capstone experience and that ensures all portfolio requirements are met.
∞ It is recommended that students complete CHE213 and earn a Chemisty minor.
◊ The sequence can be either PHS211A and 212A or PHS221 and 222.
*Note: All biology concentrations and options except the Environmental Biology option must take PHS212A or PHS222. In place of a second physics course, the Environmental Biology option must take a group A elective and a group B elective.
- Group A – GLS210, GLS212, GLS221, GLS330, GLS334, GLS342, GLS362, GPH222, GPH245, GPH264, GPH282P, GPH301, GPH314, GPH371, GPH376P, GPH383P.
- Group B – ECO319, IDS220, IDS325, PHL224, POL304, POL319.