B.S. Biology

Common Courses (88 Credits)

Courses that are common to all concentrations may be applied to all. At least 120 hours are required for the degree.

General Education Requirements 1
Communications-010
ENGL 1301Composition I3
ENGL 1302Composition II3
Mathematics-020
MATH 2313Calculus I3
Natural Sciences-030
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors I (Lecture + Lab) 24
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II (Lecture + Lab) 24
Humanities-040
Select three hours of Humanities3
Visual and Performing Arts-050
Select three hours of Visual and Performing Arts3
U.S. History-060
HIST 1301United States History I3
HIST 1302United States History II3
Political Science-070
GOVT 2305Federal Government3
GOVT 2306Texas Government3
Social and Behavioral Sciences-080
Select three hours of Social and Behavioral Sciences3
University Option-090
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 24
Lower Major Requirements
BIOL 2421Microbiology for Science Majors 24
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 24
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I (Lecture + Lab) 24
CHEM 2425Organic Chemistry II (Lecture + Lab) 24
PHYS 1401College Physics I4
Biology Major Courses
BIOL 3452Principles of Genetics 24
BIOL 3380Research Methods 23
BIOL 4380Evolution 23
BIOL 4395Biology Capstone 23
CHEM 4430Biochemistry I 24
MATH 3350Principles of Bio-Statistics3
Additional Electives
Any level electives6
Concentration Requirements (See Below)32
Total Semester Credit Hours120
1

Refer to General Education Core Requirements for more information.

2

Courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

Concentration Requirements

With Biotechnology Concentration

BIOL 4451Bioinformatics 24
BIOL 4470Cell Biology 24
BIOL 4471Molecular Biology 24
BIOL 4475Proteomics 24
CHEM 3415Analytical Chemistry 24
CHEM 4415Instrumental Analysis 24
Choose eight hours from the following 28
Virology
Immunology
Special Topics in Biology
Biochemistry II
Total Semester Credit Hours32
2

 Courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

With Organismal Biology Concentration

BIOL 3401Ecology 24
BIOL 3315Advanced Physiology 23
BIOL 3318Animal Physiology 23
BIOL 3430Botany 24
BIOL 3420Entomology 24
or BIOL 3440 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 3445Comparative Vertebrate Zoology 24
BIOL 4346Animal Behavior 23
Choose seven credits from the following 27
Entomology
Invertebrate Zoology
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Virology
Immunology
Special Topics in Biology
Biochemistry II
Total Semester Credit Hours32
2

 Courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

With Ecology / Conservation Concentration 

BIOL 3401Ecology 24
BIOL 3440Invertebrate Zoology 24
BIOL 3430Botany 24
BIOL 4301Conservation Biology 23
BIOL 4302Restoration Ecology 23
BIOL 4346Animal Behavior 23
CHEM 4431Biochemistry II 24
Choose seven credits from the following 27
Animal Physiology
Entomology
Comparative Vertebrate Zoology
Cell Biology
Special Topics in Biology
Total Semester Credit Hours32
2

 Courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

Course Information and Schedule 

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. 

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Program Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the Biology major by the faculty once the application criteria are met. To be accepted into the Biology program, students must:

  • Have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate concepts among biological sub disciplines to understand complex biological phenomena.

  2. Describe the scientific method and evaluate benefits and limitations of different research designs as employed in the biological sciences.

  3. Apply the results of scientific research to practical applications in the biological sciences.

  4. Apply statistical methods to interpret the results of research.

  5. Summarize and explain research findings through oral and written communication.

  6. Critically evaluate scientific research in the biological sciences.

  7. Employ critical thinking skills to distinguish between real biological science and pseudoscience.

  8. Demonstrate the ability to read and critically analyze scientific research papers.