The major in biological sciences focuses on Cell and Molecular Biology. Coursework consists of a core of required courses plus upper-division electives.
The required courses provide a foundation of knowledge and laboratory skills. This foundation consists of four courses in chemistry (Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I, and Organic Chemistry II or Analytical Chemistry), two courses in Physics (General Physics I & II with Laboratory or College Physics I & II with Labratory), a course in mathematics (Calculus I, Elementary Statistics, or Calculus for Business, Social and Life Sciences), the introductory biology sequence (General Biology I and II), Genetics, Cell Biology, and Seminar.
The upper-division electives build upon the foundation of the core courses. Our biology major offers a number of electives in biotechnology, physiology, human biology and other areas as well. It is through your choice of electives that you build a degree that suits your interests and career goals. There are only three restrictions upon your choice of electives. First, a minimum of 16 credits in upper-division electives is required. Second, one of your electives must be either Ecology, Microbiology or Anatomy and Physiology (I or II). Third, at least 12 of your credits must be at the 400 level.
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