Learning Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of cell structure and function, the organization of biological systems, and the evolution of biological diversity.
Objective 1.1: Students will be able to describe evolution and the basic mechanisms of evolutionary change.
Objective 1.2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major domains of life on earth and the distinctive characteristics of major groups.
Objective 1.3: Students will demonstrate knowledge of anabolic and catabolic pathways used by living organisms to provide energy and macromolecules for synthesis.
Objective 1.4: Students will be able to describe the components of the major trophic levels and diagram the flow of nutrients through food webs in the environment.
Objective 1.5: Students will be able to describe how organisms respond to physiological, environmental and physical challenges.
Objective 1.6: Students will be able to describe the role of genetics at both cellular and organismal levels.
Objective 1.7: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of protein structure and function.
Goal 2: Students will develop skills in experimental design, surveying of scientific literature, data collection, and the interpretation of results, including statistical analysis.
Objective 2.1: Students will demonstrate competency in operating basic laboratory equipment.
Objective 2.2: Students will demonstrate competency in data reduction and presentation, including choosing and interpreting the appropriate statistical tests.
Goal 3: Students will develop skills in presenting scientific information both orally and in writing.
Objective 3.1: Students will be able to develop cogent, well structured, and researched written and oral presentations of scientific content.
The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:
- Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
- Ethics Intensive, and
- Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.
General Education Signature Courses
See this page about Signature courses. Six courses
General Education Variable Courses
See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses
|MAT 155||Fundamentals of Calculus||3|
|or MAT 161||Calculus I|
|BIO 101||Bio I: Cells (first semester freshman year)||4|
General Education Overlays
General Education Integrative Learning Component
See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Lab I
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
|General Physics I|
and General Physics Laboratory I
At least six courses
Biology majors may graduate with 38 or 39 courses instead of the usual 40 course requirement. The student retains the option to take 40 courses.
|BIO 102||Bio II: Genetics (second semester, freshman year)||4|
|BIO 201||Bio III: Organismic Biology (first semester, sophomore year)||4|
|BIO 390||Biology Seminar (required each semester for sophomores, juniors and seniors)||0|
|Select one from each of the following groups: 1|
|Group A: Cell Structure and Function|
|Advanced Cell Biology|
|Light and Electron Microscopy|
|Group B: Systemic Organization|
|Biometrics and Modeling|
|Plant Physiological Ecology|
|Group C: Evolution and Diversity of Life|
Four additional 400-level biology courses
|CHM 125||General Chemistry II (second semester, freshman year)||3|
|CHM 125L||General Chemistry Lab II (second semester, freshman year)||2|
|CHM 215||Organic Chemistry II (second semester, sophomore year)||3|
|CHM 215L||Organic Chemistry Lab II (second semester, sophomore year)||1|
|MAT 128||Applied Statistics (first semster, sophomore year)||3|
|PHY 102||General Physics II (second semester, junior year)||3|
|PHY 102L||General Physics Laboratory II (second semester, junior year)||1|
Note: Directed readings, special topics Biology Graduate courses and other Biology courses without a lab component can only be counted as a Biology elective and in most cases no more than one such non-lab course may be applied to this requirement. Students with the appropriate Mathematics background and interests can substitute University Physics for General Physics.