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 232, CH 233.  Additionally CH 332 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.

BI-101 General Biology I

General Biology I is the first course in the Biology POE core curriculum. This course will be structured around four primary case studies on the opioid crisis, climate change, environmental toxicology and the evolution of speed in animals. The cases will outline foundational concepts in molecular biology and evolution.

4 Credits


BI-102 General Biology II

General Biology II is the second course in the Biology POE core curriculum. In the first four weeks of this course, each lab section will work through basic lab skill development. After that, students will deploy those skills to answer a specific open-ended research question that is part of their instructor's area of expertise.

4 CreditsPrerequisite: BI-101 or BI-105


CH-142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I

An introduction to the principles of chemistry, this course begins a two semester sequence that integrates information from all aspects of chemistry while focusing on the core principles of the relationships between energy, the structure of atoms and molecules, and atomic and molecular properties and reactivity. Topics include energy, reactions, atomic structure, elemental properties, bonding, and molecular properties.

3 CreditsNCorequisite CH143


CH-143 Integrated Chem Principles I Lab

This semester will focus on learning good laboratory practices, primarily through the quantitative analysis of compounds. The quantitative analysis of materials and an understanding of reproducibility and bias are relevant to many fields, including medical analysis or the analysis of contaminants in the environment. This course will also teach you how to keep an excellent laboratory notebook, identify safety hazards in the lab, and complete data analysis and graphing in Excel. All of these tools will serve you well in a variety of careers.

1 CreditsN, QSCH142 is a corequisite of this course. A lab fee is associated with this course.


CH-144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II

An introduction to the principles of chemistry, this course completes a two semester sequence that integrates information from all aspects of chemistry while focusing on the core principles of the relationships between energy, the structure of atoms and molecules, and atomic and molecular properties and reactivity. Topics include thermodynamics, equilibrium reactions, acid/base and redox reactions, kinetics and nuclear reactions.

3 CreditsNPrerequisite: CH-142


CH-145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab

This semester will focus on learning good laboratory practices, primarily through the quantitative analysis of compounds. The quantitative analysis of materials and an understanding of reproducibility and bias are relevant to many fields, including medical analysis or the analysis of contaminants in the environment. This course will also teach you how to keep an excellent laboratory notebook, identify safety hazards in the lab, and complete data analysis and graphing in Excel. All of these tools will serve you well in a variety of careers.

1 CreditN, QSPrerequisite: CH-143. A lab fee is associated with this course.


CH-232 Organic Chemistry I

Students enrolled in CH-242 will become familiar with the fundamental concepts and nomenclature needed to understand and communicate organic chemistry. The course is furtherdesigned to teach the structure-function relationships that exist across many classes of organic and bio-organic systems, and therefore provide a foundation for further study in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and medicine.

3 CreditsNPrerequisite: CH-144; Corequisite: CH-233.


CH-233 Organic Chemistry I Lab

This course will utilize techniques learned in CH-145 and carry out experiments illustrative of concepts learned in CH-232. The course will focus on spectroscopy, organic laboratory techniques and reactions, and compound characterization. This course will also reinforce good record-keeping skills continue to stress safe lab practices. A lab fee is associated with this course.

1 CreditsNPrerequisite: CH-145. Corequisite: CH-232.


BI-289 Frontiers of Biology

Seminar series, required in all Biology POE's in the Sophomore year, consisting of research seminars given by invited speakers and members of the department, both faculty and students. Descriptions of independent research, internship and study abroad opportunities as well as reports by students and faculty on experiences in these programs will be presented.

1 Credit  


MA-130 Calculus I

An introduction to calculus including differentiation and integration of elementary functions of a single variable, limits, tangents, rates of change, maxima and minima, area, volume, and other applications. Integrates the use of computer algebra systems, and graphical, algebraic and numerical thinking.

4 CreditsN, QM

--OR--

BI-305 Biostatistics

This course deals centrally with quantitative and statistical methodology in the biological sciences. It includes experimental design and the conventions of generating, analyzing, interpreting and presenting biological data. Counts as a math course for graduate and professional school requirements.

4 CreditsN, QS, CTGESPrerequisites: BI106 or ESS100

--OR--

BI-305CW Biostatistics

This course deals centrally with quantitative and statistical methodology in the biological sciences. It includes experimental design and the conventions of generating, analyzing, interpreting and presenting biological data. Counts as a math course for graduate and professional school requirements. This writing intensive section requires the writing of an individual research report and one additional hour of class time to discuss writing in biology.

5 CreditsN, QS, CW, CTGESPrerequisites: BI106 or ESS100


PC-200 General Physics I

An algebra-based introduction to the basic principles of mechanics (including periodic motion, fluid static's and dynamics), heat and thermodynamics, molecular theory and wave motion (including acoustics). Note: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required. 

3 CreditsN, QMCorequisite: PC200L.


PC-200L  General Physics Lab I

An introductory algebra-based laboratory experience designed to accompany PC200. The individual experiments will involve topics in mechanics, energy, sound, and waves. Labs Involve computer acquisition of data for some experiments. Note: A special fee is assessed. 

1 CreditNCorequisites: PC200.


PC-201 General Physics II

An algebra-based introduction to basic principles of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, and optics. Additional topics may include atoms and molecules, nuclear physics, relativity and solid state physics. Note: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required. 

3 CreditsN, QMCorequisite: PC201L. Prerequisite: PC200.


PC-201L  General Physics Lab II

An algebra-based introductory laboratory experience designed to accompany PC201. The individual experiments will involve topics in circuits, light and optics, and nuclear physics. Involves computer acquisition of data for some experiments. Note: A special fee is assessed. 

1 CreditNCorequisite: PC201.


PC-202 Intro Physics I

A calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of mechanics (including periodic motion and dynamics), heat and thermodynamics, and special relativity. 

3 CreditsN, QMCorequisite: PC-202L and Corequisite or Prerequisite: MA130.


PC-202L Intro Physics Lab I

This lab is a calculus-based introductory laboratory experience that is designed to accompany PC202. Individual experiments will correlate with the course, including kinematics, Newton's Laws, energy, and momentum. Note: A special fee is assessed. 

1 CreditNCorequisite: PC202.


PC-203 Intro Physics II

A calculus-based introduction to basic principles of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves and optics. Additional topics may include atoms and molecules, nuclear physics, relativity and solid state physics. Corequisite: PC-207 or PC-203L. 

3 CreditsN, QMPrerequisites or Corequisite: Take MA-230 and either PC-202 or PC-204.


PC-203L Intro Physics Lab II

An algebra-based introductory laboratory experience designed to accompany PC203. The individual experiments will involve topics in circuits, light and optics, and nuclear physics. Note: A special fee is assessed. 

1 CreditNPrerequisite: PC202. Corequisite: PC203.


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-460 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* CH312 Biochemistry BI-370, Herpetology L (summer, RFS)  
BI-362, Animal Behavior *L      

Minimum total credit hours = 47-51

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

Biology Secondary Emphasis