B.S. Biology with Concentration in Integrative Organismal Biology

The purpose of the B.S. in Biology is to serve students who have a broad interest in the biological sciences and who seek substantial flexibility in the development of their own programs. This degree fosters, in students, knowledge and understanding of major concepts in the discipline as well as the processes of scientific investigation. Students served by this Major are those interested in preparing for a career in biology, ecology, conservation or natural history, entering a health-related professional program (i.e., physician assistant, occupational therapist, medical doctor, etc.), certifying to teach in public schools, or developing a variety of laboratory skills. The B.S. in Biology requires significant exposure to biological sciences, as well as concepts in math and the physical sciences, while providing a large number of electives. The consequence is an understanding of the biological sciences and the flexibility and opportunity to specialize in areas of interest to students.  Up to 8 credits of Independent Problems and/or Mentored Research (AMOEBA) can be applied to the student's undergraduate degree.

Core Requirements

Students pursuing the B.S. degree must satisfy 8 of the 9 General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog).  Students must also satisfy the core requirements listed below and the requirements of one of the concentrations in biology. All graduates of this degree program will earn a B.S. in Biology, regardless of the concentration selected.

Required Courses:

BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab
4
BIOL 1102
1102L
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
4
BIOL 2206
BIOL 2207
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory 1
4
BIOL 2209
2209L
General Ecology
and General Ecology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3316Biometry Laboratory1
BIOL 3358Genetics3
BIOL 4417Organic Evolution3
BIOL 4491
BIOL 4492
Seminar
and Seminar
2
MATH 1160Survey of Calculus3
MATH 3350Statistical Methods3
CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 1112
1112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1113
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
Select two of the following: 7
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Biochemistry
General Education24
Total Credits79

Concentration in Integrative Organismal Biology (IOB)

The concentration in Integrative Organismal Biology (IOB) focuses on understanding of the key disciplines that serve as the foundation of organismal biology: anatomy, physiology, behavior, and diversity, and electives in a variety of integrative biology courses. Students may select either an animal or a plant focus, or a combination. The IOB concentration prepares students for graduate studies in various fields of organismal biology (physiology, botany, zoology, evolution, ecology, behavior) and for professional schools (veterinary or OT/PT).

In addition to completing the core requirements, students in the IOB concentration have the opportunity to select from a broad range of physiology, anatomy, and diversity courses.

 

Anatomy, Physiology, and Development Courses:

Select a minimum of 8 credits from the following:

BIOL 3301
3301L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
4
BIOL 3302
3302L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
4
BIOL 3304
3304L
Comparative Vertebrate Morphology and Physiology
and Vertebrate Morphology and Physiology Lab
5
BIOL 3324
3324L
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
4
BIOL 4404
4404L
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 4405
4405L
Plant Form and Function
and Plant Form and Function Lab
4
BIOL 4419
4419L
Mammalian Histology
and Mammalian Histology Lab
4
BIOL 4432Biochemistry3
BIOL 4443Endocrinology3
BIOL 4464Lectures in Human Physiology4

Diversity or Evolutionary Courses:

Select a minimum of 8 credits from the following:

BIOL 2213Fall Flora2
BIOL 2214Spring Flora2
BIOL 3310
3310L
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
4
BIOL 4406
4406L
Plant Diversity and Evolution
and Plant Diversity and Evolution Lab
4
BIOL 4412
4412L
Systematic Botany
and Systematic Botany Lab
4
BIOL 4423General Parasitology3
BIOL 4426
4426L
Herpetology
and Herpetology Lab
4
BIOL 4427
4427L
Ichthyology
and Ichthyology Lab
4
BIOL 4431
4431L
General Entomology
and General Entomology Lab
4
BIOL 4434
4434L
Microbial Diversity
and Microbial Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 4438Ornithology4
BIOL 4441
4441L
Mammalogy
and Mammalogy Lab
4
BIOL 4442Plant Animal Interactions3
BIOL 4495Animal Behavior4

Biology Electives:

Students must fulfill a minimum of an additional 8 credits of biology electives for which they can select any course in Biology, (except BIOL 1100 ,) including Independent Problems (BIOL 4481 and/or BIOL 4482) and AMOEBA (Mentored Research Alliance, BIOL 2280 and/or BIOL 4480).

Total IOB Concentration Requirements

Anatomy, Physiology, or Development courses8
Diversity or Evolutionary Courses8
Biology Electives8
Minimum Total24
Core Requirements79-80
Total103-104