Zoology - BS

The Zoology degree program is designed to expose students to all aspects of the study of animals. Following foundation courses on the principles of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, students may select from a broad range of classes in animal biology, ranging from cellular and developmental biology, physiology, and anatomy to ecology and evolution. Graduates enter into advanced studies in zoology, specialized zoological fields in agriculture and renewable resources, or such professional fields as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and other health-related areas.

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
BIOL 318Chordate Anatomy 4
STAT 302Statistical Methods 3
Elective 35
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
BIOL 388Principles of Animal Physiology 4
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
Social and behavioral science elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall
POLS 206American National Government 43
Selected a directed elective from the list below 54
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
Creative arts elective 3
Electives 35
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
BIOL 335Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIOL 466Principles of Evolution 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 43
Select a directed elective from the list below 54
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 62

Directed Electives

Select one course from the following:
Any 300-400 level BIOL course
OCNG 4203
Select remaining courses from the following:
Developmental Biology
BIOL 344Embryology4
BIOL 413Cell Biology3
BIOL 414Developmental Biology3
BIOL 423Cell Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 430Biological Imaging4
BIOL 434/NRSC 434Regulatory and Behavioral Neuroscience3
BIOL 435Laboratory for Regulatory and Behavioral Neuroscience1
GENE 431/BICH 431Molecular Genetics3
Ecology/Evolution
BIOL 357Ecology3
BIOL 358Ecology Laboratory1
BIOL 440Marine Biology4
BIOL 467Integrative Animal Behavior3
ENTO 313Biology of Insects3
GENE 412Population and Ecological Genetics3
WFSC 311Ichthyology3
WFSC 315Herpetology3
WFSC 401General Mammalogy3
WFSC 402General Ornithology3
WFSC 422Ethology3
Physiology/Neuroscience
BIOL 405Comparative Endocrinology3
BIOL 413Cell Biology3
BIOL 423Cell Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 434/NRSC 434Regulatory and Behavioral Neuroscience3
BIOL 435Laboratory for Regulatory and Behavioral Neuroscience1
BIOL 454Immunology3
GENE 431/BICH 431Molecular Genetics3
WFSC 422Ethology3
Preveterinary Medicine
BIOL 351Fundamentals of Microbiology4
NUTR 303/ANSC 303Principles of Animal Nutrition3
3

Courses that cannot be used as free electives are: one hour introductory classes (BIMS 101, AGLS 101, etc.); MATH 102; BIOL 101, BIOL 107BIOL 113, 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.

In order to qualify for the secondary provisional teaching certificate, see requirements listed in the College of Education and Human Development section under secondary certification.