Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

The Biology Program covers all aspects of the organism, from molecular and biochemical pathways through anatomy and physiology of organisms to the structure of populations, communities, landscapes and ecosystems. The program provides grounding in mathematics and other natural science disciplines necessary for the understanding of the organism, such as chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. By careful choice of biology and restricted electives, students can tailor their educational experience to prepare for professional school, graduate school or entry into the workforce upon graduation.

The program provides the student with the opportunity to select additional courses from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, business, foreign language, psychology, health sciences, engineering or other disciplines which might be helpful in biologically oriented careers. In addition to traditional coursework, students also have the opportunity to engage in research projects selected from a variety of biological disciplines. (Students who select electives in any science or technical areas may need additional courses to meet prerequisites.) The restricted electives must be approved by the assigned biology advisor. For students who have reached a more advanced level in mathematics upon graduation from high school and meet ACT score requirements, Calculus I and II may be substituted for College Algebra and Trigonometry. Biology majors must earn a “C” or better in the freshman biology courses to enter upper division BIOL courses. During the last semester of the program, students must take the exit exam in biology. Students are also expected to complete a program of volunteer work to fulfill the college requirement for citizenship.

Program Objectives

Upon graduation, students will be prepared to:

  • Pursue advanced degrees in biology and related fields or professional degrees, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and other health related fields.
  • Directly enter a broad range of career pathways in industry and federal or state governments which require a baccalaureate degree in science.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

curriculum requirements

GEF Requirements12
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, MATH, STAT, and PSYC courses.
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
MATH 128Plane Trigonometry3
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
PHYS 101Introductory Physics4
PHYS 102Introductory Physics4
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
BIOL 111General Biology (GEF 8)4
BIOL 112General Biology (GEF 8)4
BIOL 225Biology Methods3
BIOL 240Microbiology4
BIOL 303Genetics4
BIOL 416Cell Biology4
BIOL 461Principles of Evolution3
BIOL 466Ecology4
BIOL 494Seminar2
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1-3
Biology Electives8
Vertebrate Embryology
Systematic Zoology
Organismal Botany
Comparative Anatomy
Plant Taxonomy
Botany Electives4
Organismal Botany
Plant Taxonomy
Zoology Electives4
Vertebrate Embryology
Systematic Zoology
Comparative Anatomy
Restricted Electives *11
Exit Examination
Community Service
Total Hours120-122

suggested plan of study

First Year
BIOL 111 (GEF 8)4BIOL 112 (GEF 8)4
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
WVUE 1911-3MATH 1283
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3GEF 53
 GEF 63
GEF 43 
 14-16 16
Second Year
BIOL 2253BIOL 2404
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
PHYS 1014PHYS 1024
STAT 2113ENGL 3053
GEF 73 
 17 15
Third Year
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4BIOL 3034
Botany Elective4BIOL 4613
Zoology Elective4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Elective3Restricted Elective4
 15 15
Fourth Year
BIOL 4164BIOL 4664
BIOL 4942Biology Elective4
Biology Elective4Restricted Elective3
Restricted Elective4Electives3
 14 14
Total credit hours: 120-122

Major Learning Outcomes


Upon graduation, students of the biology program will be able to:

  • Apply scientific method to solving problems.
    1. Formulate a hypothesis and alternate hypotheses.
    2. Design experiments to test hypotheses.
    3. Collect data.
    4. Analyze data statistically and graphically.
    5. Interpret and report data.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Evaluate sources of information through a scientific lens.
    1. Perform search of primary scientific literature.
    2. Interpret scientific papers.
    3. Summarize research results from primary sources.
    4. Synthesize information from a variety of sources into a coherent argument.
  • Develop a working vocabulary in evolution, ecology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, cellular, molecular, and organismal biology.
  • Explain and apply basic concepts in cell and molecular biology, evolutionary theory, human biology, genetics and ecology.
  • Demonstrate skills in the use of equipment and apply safety practices in the laboratory and field settings.

Biology minor

minor code - ut02

Required Courses
BIOL 111General Biology4
BIOL 112General Biology4
BIOL Electives (must include at least 9 credit hours of upper division courses)16
Total Hours24