Biology - BA

The BA degree in Biology, through the availability of a large number of electives, gives students maximum flexibility in earning a biology degree. The 15-18 hour minor requirement, including 6 hours of advanced courses in a discipline other than biology, provides students with the opportunity to include significant coursework in areas such as foreign language, business, education, or social sciences. The BA program is recommended for students with broad educational objectives or who intend to pursue further education in areas such as allied health professions, professional schools, or teaching certification.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH 147Calculus I for Biological Sciences 4
Communication elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 148Calculus II for Biological Sciences 4
Communication elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 213Molecular Cell Biology 3
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 201College Physics 4
American history elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 214Genes, Ecology and Evolution 3
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 202College Physics 4
American history elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 58
1

Students seeking teacher certification must take HIST 105 and HIST 106. Other students may choose HIST 105 and HIST 106 or any 6 hours of American history courses (3 hours may be in Texas history).

2

Students successfully completing the required four semesters of upper-level ROTC courses may substitute these courses for 3 hours of American history and 3 hours of government/political science.

The following are CBK courses and must be completed prior to the start of 5th full semester: BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 213, BIOL 214, CHEM 101 & CHEM 111, CHEM 102 & CHEM 112, CHEM 227 & CHEM 237, CHEM 228 & CHEM 238, MATH 147, MATH 148.

Third Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BICH 410Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
BICH 412Biochemistry Laboratory I 1
POLS 206American National Government 33
STAT 302Statistical Methods 3
Elective 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 33
Select one of the following: 53
Any 300-400 level BIOL course
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
 
Biological Oceanography  
Histology  
Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues  
Elective 46
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Select 7 credit hours from the following: 57
300-400 level BIOL course
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
 
Biological Oceanography  
Histology  
Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues  
Social and behavioral sciences elective 3
Electives 47
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
Select one of the following: 54
300-400 level BIOL course
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
 
Biological Oceanography  
Histology  
Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues  
Creative arts elective 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
Electives 47
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 62
3

Students successfully completing the required four semesters of upper-level ROTC courses may substitute these courses for 3 hours of American history and 3 hours of government/political science.

4

Courses that cannot be used as free electives are: one hour introductory classes (BIMS 101, AGLS 101, etc.); MATH 102BIOL 101, BIOL 107BIOL 206; Corps-required courses (MILS, NVSC, AERS); CHEM 106/CHEM 116.

5

 Two courses in the major must be designated as writing intensive.

Total Program Hours 120