Biology - BS

The BS degree in Biology is designed for students to obtain a comprehensive, solid foundation in the major branches of Biology. The degree provides the opportunity for extensive study across the breadth of biological disciplines, ranging from molecular and cellular biology to ecology and evolution. This degree plan is recommended for students preparing for graduate programs in biological sciences or any professional programs in health and medical sciences such as medical, dental or veterinary schools.

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 410
BICH 412
Comprehensive Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory I
4
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
STAT 302Statistical Methods 3
Elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
Select one of the following: 54
Any 300-400 level BIOL course
Bacteriophage Genomics  
400 level GENE course
Biological Oceanography  
Histology or Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues  
Social and behavioral sciences elective 3
Electives 36
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
POLS 206American National Government 43
Select two of the following: 57
Any 300-400 level BIOL course
Bacteriophage Genomics  
400 level GENE course
Biological Oceanography  
Histology or Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues  
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
Elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POLS 207State and Local Government 43
Select two of the following: 57
Any 300-400 level BIOL course
Bacteriophage Genomics  
400 level GENE course
Biological Oceanography  
Histology or Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues  
Creative arts elective 3
Elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 62
3

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

4

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.

5

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