All POEs using the words Biology, Biological Science(s) or Zoology must meet the course requirements of this Biology designated POE.

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General Requirements

1.  CH 142, CH 143, CH 144, CH 145, CH 242, CH 243.  Additionally CH 342 and CH 247 are strongly recommended for students applying to professional or graduate school; many of these programs require 4 semesters of chemistry with lab.
2.  Either PC 200/PC 200L and PC 201/PC 201L - OR - PC 202/PC 202L and PC 203/PC203L (8 credits)
3.  MA 130, Calculus I or BI 305, Biostatistics (some graduate programs may require Calculus)
4.  A minimum of 18 credit hours of advanced biology coursework (Biology designated courses numbered in the 300's and 400's).  Some courses from other departments qualify as advanced biology coursework.  Refer to the "Upper Level Biology Distribution Requirement" below.

Specific Requirements

The following courses must be taken. Substitutions and transfer credit require the approval of the Biology Department.

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
3
 
N
 
BI 106 Functions of Cells and Organisms
3
BI 105 and CH 142
N
 
BI 121 Biology Lab I
1
corequisite BI 105
N
QS
BI 122 Biology Lab II
1
BI 105 & BI 121
N
QS
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry: Principles I
3
corequisite CH 143
N
 
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry: Principles Laboratory I
1
corequisite CH 142
N
QS
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry: Principles II
3
CH 143 or permission, corequisite CH 145
N
 
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry: Principles Laboratory II
1
CH 143,corequisite CH 144
N
QS
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic
3
CH 144, corequisite CH 243
N
 
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Laboratory
1
corequiste CH 242
N
 
BI 289 Frontiers of Biology
1
     
BI 207 Modern Genomics
4
BI 106, CH 144 & CH 242
N
 
MA 130
or
BI 305
or
BI 305CW
Calculus I

Biostatistics

Biostatistics
4

4

5
ESS 100 or BI 106


N

N

N
QM

QS

QS-CW
PC 200/PC 200L and PC 201/PC 201L
PC 202/ PC 202L and PC 203/PC 203L
General Physics I & II with lab -OR-
Intro Physics I & II with lab
8
 
N
 QM
Upper level *See table below for distribution requirement
18
     

Upper level Biology Distribution Requirement

At least one course must be taken from each core group. Of these four courses, two must have an associated laboratory. Three credits of research (BI 489) on the same project may count as a core laboratory course. The core classification will be determined by the research advisor. BI-380W and special topics courses at the 300 level or higher can also count towards the Biology distribution requirements; classification will be determined by the Biology advisor or Chair of the Biology Department. (Courses marked * are offered every other academic year; L indicates a laboratory course).

Evolution/Ecology Cell and Molecular Organismal Biological Interactions
BI-300-301, General Ecology L BI-399 ST:Genetic Analysis* BI-360-361, Vertebrate Zoology L BI-310, Physiology L
BI-325-326, Plant Ecology *L BI-331-332, Molecular Microbiology L BI-350-351, Invertebrate Zoology *L BI-305, Biostatistics L
BI-339, Organic Evolution CH-418, Advanced Biochemistry BI-367-368, Anatomy L BI-450, Neurobiology
ESS-325, Conservation Biology BI-316, Molecular and Cellular Biology BI-327, Botany L BI-432, Environmental Toxicology*
ESS-320, Environmental Monitoring BI-318, Developmental Biology BI-328, Plant Diversity *L BI-417, Reproductive Biology*
PY-402, Evolutionary Psychology* BI-340 Medical Microbiology L BI-324, Ornithology L (summer, RFS) BI-334, Immunology* 
PY-401, Comparative Psychology* CH-342, Integrated Chemistry Biochemistry BI-323, Mammalogy L (summer, RFS)  
ESS-328, Limnology*   BI-370, Herpetology L (summer, RFS)  
BI-362, Animal Behavior *L      

Minimum total credit hours = 55 or 56

The student must have an advisor who is a member of the Biology Department Faculty.

Suggested Normal Progression

Possible schedule for the POE

Class Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Freshman CWS 4 BI 122 1
  IA 1 C-144 3
  BI 105 3 CH 145 1
  BI 121 1 MA 130 or elective 3-4
  CH 142 3 Electives (including FISHN or CA or IC) 3-4
  CH 143 1    
  Electives (including FISHN or CA or IC) 3-4    
    16-17   12-14
Sophomore        
  BI 106 3 BI 207 with lab 4
  CH 242 3 Electives (including FISHN or CA or IC) 11-14
  CH 243 1    
  BI 289 1    
  Electives (including FISHN or CA or IC) 3-4    
    11-12   15-18
Junior        
  PC 202 (physics I) 3 Upper level Biology 3-4
  PC 202L 2 PC 200 (physics II) 3
  Upper level Biology 3-4 PC 200L 1
  Electives (including FISHN or CA or IC) 6-8 Electives (including FISHN or CA or IC) 8-11
    14-16   15-18
Senior        
  Upper level Biology 3-4 Upper level Biology 3-4
  Upper level Biology 3-4 Upper level Biology 3-4
  Electives (including FISHN or CA or IC) 9-11 Electives (including FISHN or CA or IC) 6-8
    15-18   12-16

Biology Secondary Emphasis