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Major Requirements

The Biology Department offers a diversified program that examines the life sciences by integrating multiple disciplines, including the molecular nature of cellular structure and physiology, the evolutionary mechanisms of biodiversity, and the study of plant and animalcommunities in relationship to the environment. The curriculum is designed to promote discovery and problem solving through scientific methodology, with most courses featuring an integrated laboratory component. In addition to mastering concepts, studentslearn to see the biological sciences as a process of discovery through the completion of a mandatory experiential learning opportunity such as undertaking undergraduate research, completing an internship, studying abroad in the natural sciences, or enrolling in a field course at a biological or marine field station. In addition to core biology courses, students are required to complete additional coursework in other natural sciences. Both B.A. and B.S. degrees are offered in biology. The curriculum for each degree is designed to prepare students for advanced study in the health sciences and biological research, thereby enabling motivated individuals topursue successful careers as: physicians, veterinarians, biologists, environmental researchers, policymakers, public health professionals, scientific journalists, and educators.

Biology (B.A.) *

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

BIO 130 Principles of Biology I: Ecology & Evolution 4
BIO 132 Principles of Biology II: Cell Biology & Genetics 4
BIO 200 Principles of Biology III: The Diversity of Life 4
BIO 288 Genetics 4
Ecological and Environmental Biology
One of the following:
BIO 316: General Ecology
BIO 340: Tropical Marine Biology
BIO 355: Marine Ecology
4
Evolutionary and Integrative Biology
One of the following:
BIO 300: Plant and Fungal Evolution
BIO 372: Comparative Anatomy
BIO 373: Marine Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 377: Entomology and Arachnology
BIO 380: Comparative Animal Physiology
BIO 410: Evolution
4
Cellular and Molecular Biology
One of the following:
BIO 308: Molecular Plant Physiology
BIO 420: Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 424: Topics in Molecular Biology
BIO 482: Microbiology
4
Experiential Learning
One of the following:
BIO 470: Internship in the Natural Sciences*
BIO 489:Research of the Natural Sciences*
4
Two BIO electives at the 300/400 level
(excluding BIO 460 and 475)
8
CHEM 120: Introductory Chemistry 4
One of the following:
CHEM 200: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 210: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 221: Organic Chemistry
CHEM 270: Environmental Chemistry
4
Total within department 48
*The MFAT exam is required as a part of the BIO 470 and 489 courses.Students not majoring in Biology who intend to go to medical or other professional school requiring 2 introductory labs MUST take BIO 132 and 200 to satisfy this requirement.

Biology (B.S.)*

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

BIO 130 Principles of Biology I: Ecology & Evolution 4
BIO 132 Principles of Biology II: Cell Biology & Genetics 4
BIO 200 Principles of Biology III: The Diversity of Life 4
BIO 288 Genetics 4
Ecological and Environmental Biology
One of the following:
BIO 316: General Ecology
BIO 340: Tropical Marine Biology
BIO 355: Marine Ecology
4
Evolutionary and Integrative Biology
One of the following:
BIO 300: Plant and Fungal Evolution
BIO 372: Comparative Anatomy
BIO 373: Marine Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 377: Entomology and Arachnology
BIO 380: Comparative Animal Physiology
BIO 410: Evolution
4
Cellular and Molecular Biology
One of the following:
BIO 308: Molecular Plant Physiology
BIO 420: Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 424: Topics in Molecular Biology
BIO 482: Microbiology
4
Experiential Learning
One of the following:
BIO 470: Internship in the Natural Sciences*
BIO 489:Research of the Natural Sciences*
4
Two BIO electives at the 300/400 level
(excluding BIO 460 and 475)
8
CHEM 120: Introductory Chemistry 4

CHEM 200: Inorganic Chemistry

4
CHEM 221: Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 222: Organic Chemistry II 4
Two of the following:
CHEM 210: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 330: Biochemistry
EES 270: Environmental Chemistry
EES 300: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
EES 450: Biogeochemistry
MATH 171: Calculus I
MATH 172: Calculus II
PHYS 221: University Physics I
PHYS 222: University Physics II
8
Total within department 64
*The MFAT exam is required as a part of the BIO 470 and 489 courses.Students not majoring in Biology who intend to go to medical or other professional school requiring 2 introductory labs MUST take BIO 132 and 200 to satisfy this requirement.

Minor Requirements

Students not majoring in Biology who intend to go to medical or other professional school requiring 2 introductory labs MUST take BIO 132 and 200 to satisfy this requirement.

Biology

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

BIO 130 Principles of Biology I: Ecology & Evolution 4
BIO 132 Principles of Biology II: Cell Biology & Genetics 4
BIO Elective at 200 level or higher (excluding BIO 460 and 475) 4
Two BIO electives at the 300/400 level (excluding BIO 460 and 475) 8
Total 20

Marine Science

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

EES 200: Oceanography 4
BIO 355: Marine Ecology 4
Three of the following:
BIO 340: Tropical Marine Biology
BIO 354: Marine Invertebrate Evolution
BIO 373: Marine Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 475: Natural and Social History of the Chesapeake Bay
BIO/EES 489: Research of the Natural Sciences*
EES 300: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
EES 340: Climatology
EES 450: Biogeochemistry
12
Total 20
* Course requires approval from the department coordinator of either Biology or Earth and Environmental Sciences to ensure marine science relatedcontent.