B.A. Biology with Natural History Concentration

The B.A. in Biology with Natural History Concentration is designed for students who want to pursue a career where skills and knowledge of natural history (outdoor or environmental education, interpretation, identification, field studies) are desirable. The B.A. has fewer courses in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics than the B.S. in Biology, and more upper division electives, providing students with greater latitude to design their own program of study. Students who pursue the B.A. in Biology will not meet the minimum requirements for admission to most graduate research programs in biological sciences or professional programs in the health sciences.

The B.A. degree requires that students complete all of the General Education Objectives described in the Academic Information section of this catalog.  Students must also satisfy the core requirements listed below and the requirements of the Natural History Concentration.  All graduates of this degree program will earn a B.A. in Biology regardless of the concentration selected.

Required Core 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
4
BIOL 2209
2209L
General Ecology
and General Ecology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3358Genetics3
BIOL 4417Organic Evolution3
BIOL 4491
BIOL 4492
Seminar
and Seminar
2

Required Supporting Science Courses:

MATH 1160Survey of Calculus3
or MATH 1153 Statistical Reasoning
CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 1112
1112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4

Concentration in Natural History

Students in the B.A. in Biology program with the Concentration in Natural History should meet with an advisor to select the most appropriate courses for their interests. Students in this program may consider a Minor in another program, such as Outdoor Education (see the College of Education, Department of Human Performance and Sport Studies, for details) or Geology (see College of Science and Engineering, Department of Geosciences, for details).

In addition to completing the Required Core courses and the General Education Requirements, students earning a B.A. in Biology in the Natural History concentration must complete the following requirements.

Required Electives

Diversity, Ecology, and Evolution Courses:1

At least 2 courses with Animal emphasis7-8
At least 2 courses with Plant emphasis7-8

Biology Electives (any Biology course):

At least 3 courses in Biology, excluding BIOL 1100.8-10

Suggested Supporting Courses from Other Departments:

GEOL 1100The Dynamic Earth3
GEOL 1101Physical Geology3
MUSE 4411Introduction to Museum Studies2
HPSS 3386Outdoor Leadership3
HPSS 4440Survey of Outdoor Education Literature3
HPSS 4445Methods of Teaching Outdoor Activities and Practicum3-4

 Suggested Animal Biology Courses:

BIOL 3303
3303L
Principles of Animal Physiology
and Principles of Animal Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 3310
3310L
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
4
BIOL 3314
3314L
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 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 4438Ornithology4
BIOL 4441
4441L
Mammalogy
and Mammalogy Lab
4
BIOL 4459
4459L
Fish Ecology
and Fish Ecology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4462
4462L
Freshwater Ecology
and Freshwater Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 4495Animal Behavior4

Suggested Plant Biology Courses:

BIOL 2213Fall Flora2
BIOL 2214Spring Flora2
BIOL 4412
4412L
Systematic Botany
and Systematic Botany Lab
4
BIOL 4404Plant Physiology3
BIOL 4404LPlant Physiology Lab 11
BIOL 4405
4405L
Plant Form and Function
and Plant Form and Function Lab
4
BIOL 4408Plant Ecology3
BIOL 4408LPlant Ecology Lab 11
BIOL 4442Plant Animal Interactions3

1 These are optional labs.

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)