The curriculum includes a two-semester introductory biology sequence, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, and genetics. Required courses in the physical sciences include a minimum of one year in introductory chemistry and in physics (with labs), and at least one course in organic chemistry (with lab), and one in biochemistry. A calculus course and a statistics course are also required. In addition, students choose a selected field of 12 credits in one of the following: anatomy/physiology, aquatic biology, behavioral biology, cellular/molecular and genetic biology, ecology, evolution/genetics, and systematics, microbiology, or integrative organismal biology. There is an additional requirement of one course in two other fields, which assures a broad base of study.

Effective Fall 2018

To be qualified for graduation, students in the Biological Science major must have a minimum grade of C- in each of their biological, physical science, and mathematical courses used to meet requirements for the major. This applies to courses taken as substitutions for meeting these requirements. The minimum scholastic average acceptable for graduation is 2.000 computed only for courses attempted at CSU.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A:
  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants  
Select one from the following: 4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 29
Sophomore
 
BZ 220Introduction to Evolution 3
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
Select one group from the following: 3-5
Group A:
  
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry  
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Group B:
  
Modern Organic Chemistry I  
Select one course from the following: 3
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Selected Field (see Selected Field lists below) 6
Arts and Humanities3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 31-33
Junior
 
BZ 350Molecular and General Genetics4A,4B4
Select one group from the following: 4-6
Group A:  
Principles of Biochemistry  
Group B:   
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Students should take the following two courses only if CHEM 341 was selected in the sophomore year: 0-5
Modern Organic Chemistry II  
Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Select one group from the following: 10
Group A:
  
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A 
Selected Field (see Selected Field lists below) 3
Advanced Writing23
Elective 0-5
 Total Credits 29-31
Senior
 
BZ 310Cell Biology 4
BZ 311Developmental Biology 4
LIFE 320Ecology4C3
Selected Field (see Selected Field lists below) 3
Additional fields1 6
Electives2 7-11
 Total Credits 27-31
 Program Total Credits: 120

Twelve credits must be taken from one Selected Field list below. Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Pre-Health Biology Field Department List

Select one course from the following:4
Principles of Human Physiology
Fundamentals of Physiology
Selected Courses:8
Select enough credits from the following courses to complete the 12-credit field requirement:
Animal Reproduction
Pre-Health Genetics
Human Gross Anatomy
Laboratory in Principles of Physiology
Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy
Anatomy for the Health Professions
Virtual Laboratory in Physiology
Cellular Neurobiology
Functional Neuroanatomy
Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Case Studies
Nerve and Muscle-Toxins, Trauma and Disease
Human and Animal Reproductive Biology
Cardiopulmonary Physiology
Perspectives in Cardiopulmonary Diseases
Introduction to Systems Neurobiology
Endocrinology
Pharmacology
Essentials of Pathophysiology
Pathophysiology Perspectives
Animal Biology-Invertebrates
Animal Biology-Vertebrates
Animal Behavior
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Ornithology
Population and Evolutionary Genetics
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Comparative Animal Physiology
Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Evolutionary Medicine
Behavioral Genetics
Human Heredity and Birth Defects
Genome Evolution
Parasitology and Vector Biology
Biological Basis of Animal Behavior
Genetics of Model Organisms
Biology and Behavior of Dogs
Cognitive Ecology
Physiological Ecology of Marine Vertebrates
Computer Analysis in Population Genetics
Genetics of Natural Populations
Principles of Epidemiology
Introduction to Radiation Biology
Human Nutrition
Biology and Diversity of Fishes
Ichthyology Laboratory
Fish Physiology
Physiology of Exercise
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
General Microbiology--Honors Recitation
Pathology of Human and Animal Disease
Immunology
Immunology Laboratory
Medical Bacteriology
Medical Bacteriology Laboratory
Medical and Molecular Virology
Biological Psychology
Histology
Domestic Animal Anatomy

 Aquatic Biology Field Department List

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:12
Aquatic Insects
Introductory Phycology
Marine Biology
Stream Biology and Ecology
Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory
Limnology
Physiological Ecology of Marine Vertebrates
Biology and Diversity of Fishes
Ichthyology Laboratory
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems
Fish Physiology
Coastal Environmental Ecology

Behavioral Biology Field Department List

Required Courses:
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology3
BZ 300Animal Behavior3
Selected Courses:
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following:6
Evolutionary Medicine
Animal Behavior and Conservation
Behavioral Genetics
Biological Basis of Animal Behavior
Biology and Behavior of Dogs
Cognitive Ecology
Behavioral Ecology
Learning and Memory
Biological Psychology

 Cellular, Molecular and Genetic Biology Field Department List

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:12
Principles of Animal Breeding
Pre-Health Genetics
Comprehensive Biochemistry I
Comprehensive Biochemistry II
Molecular Genetics
Cellular Neurobiology
Microscopic Anatomy
Nerve and Muscle-Toxins, Trauma and Disease
Developmental Plant Anatomy
Population and Evolutionary Genetics
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Evolutionary Medicine
Molecular Ecology
Behavioral Genetics
Human Heredity and Birth Defects
Genome Evolution
Genetics of Model Organisms
Molecular Aspects of Plant Development
Computer Analysis in Population Genetics
Genetics of Natural Populations
Plant Breeding
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
Immunology
Immunology Laboratory
Microbial Genetics
Histology

Ecology Field Department List

Group A:2-4
Select one course from the following:
Applied and General Entomology
Plant Systematics
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Introductory Phycology
Introductory Mycology
Ornithology
Comparative Morphology of Vascular Plants
Biology and Diversity of Fishes
General Microbiology
Group B:8-10
Select enough credits from the following to fulfill the 12-credit field requirement:
Primates
Population and Evolutionary Genetics
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
Tropical Ecology and Evolution
Marine Biology
Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Molecular Ecology
Animal Behavior and Conservation
Study Abroad: Ecology/Conservation–Ecuadorian Biodiversity
Plant Ecology
Biological Basis of Animal Behavior
Stream Biology and Ecology
Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory
Limnology
Cognitive Ecology
Zoophysiological Ecology
Behavioral Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Phytoremediation
Principles of Epidemiology
Forest Ecology
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems
Microbial Ecology
Microbial Ecology Laboratory
Coastal Environmental Ecology
Wildland Plants and Plant Communities
Wildland Ecosystems in a Changing World
Ecological Restoration

 Evolution, Genetics and Systematics Field Department List

Required Course3
Population and Evolutionary Genetics
Selected Courses:
Select enough credits from the following courses to complete the 12-credit field requirement:9
Human Evolution
Human Biological Variation
Molecular Genetics
Applied and General Entomology
Entomology Laboratory: General
Evolution and Classification of Insects
Animal Behavior
Plant Systematics
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Introductory Phycology
Introductory Mycology
Ornithology
Comparative Morphology of Vascular Plants
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
Tropical Ecology and Evolution
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Evolutionary Medicine
Principles of Systematic Zoology
Molecular Ecology
Animal Behavior and Conservation
Behavioral Genetics
Study Abroad: Ecology/Conservation–Ecuadorian Biodiversity
Human Heredity and Birth Defects
Genome Evolution
Parasitology and Vector Biology
Genetics of Model Organisms
Advanced Systematics
Ecological Plant Morphology
Behavioral Ecology
Computer Analysis in Population Genetics
Genetics of Natural Populations
Principles of Epidemiology
Biology and Diversity of Fishes
Ichthyology Laboratory
Paleontology
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
General Microbiology--Honors Recitation
Microbial Genetics

Integrative Organismal Biology Field Department List

Select a minimum of 12 credits total, to include at least one course from each of the following lists:12
List A: Botany
Plant Identification
Plant Systematics
Developmental Plant Anatomy
Introductory Phycology
Introductory Mycology
Comparative Morphology of Vascular Plants
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Plant Physiology
Plant Physiology Laboratory
Plant Ecology
Genetics of Model Organisms
Landscape Ecology
Molecular Aspects of Plant Development
Phytoremediation
List B: Zoology
Paleontology Field School
Applied and General Entomology
Entomology Laboratory: General
Animal Biology-Invertebrates
Animal Biology-Vertebrates
Animal Behavior
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Ornithology
Tropical Ecology and Evolution
Marine Biology
Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Evolutionary Medicine
Principles of Systematic Zoology
Animal Behavior and Conservation
Study Abroad: Ecology/Conservation–Ecuadorian Biodiversity
Parasitology and Vector Biology
Biological Basis of Animal Behavior
Stream Biology and Ecology
Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory
Limnology
Biology and Behavior of Dogs
Cognitive Ecology
Physiological Ecology of Marine Vertebrates
Behavioral Ecology
Biology and Diversity of Fishes
Ichthyology Laboratory
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems
Paleontology

 Microbiology Field Department List

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:
Elements of Plant Pathology
Introductory Phycology
Introductory Mycology
Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Evolutionary Medicine
Parasitology and Vector Biology
Topics in Mycology
Computer Analysis in Population Genetics
Genetics of Natural Populations
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
General Microbiology--Honors Recitation
Pathology of Human and Animal Disease
Food Microbiology
Food Microbiology Laboratory
Immunology
Immunology Laboratory
Microbial Diversity
Medical Bacteriology
Medical Bacteriology Laboratory
Medical and Molecular Virology
Virology and Cell Culture Laboratory
Microbial Ecology
Microbial Ecology Laboratory
Industrial Microbiology
Microbial Physiology
Microbial Genetics
Soil Microbiology
Soil Microbiology Laboratory

Self-Designed Field

A student may, with the approval of their advisor and the Biology Curriculum Committee, define their own individual selected field.  Students wishing to pursue this option should consult with their advisor to develop a proposal for a self-designed field.  The proposal should include a description of the field of interest, the student's reason or rationale for wishing to pursue a self-designed field, and a list of relevant classes (totaling 12 credits) to be completed. To be included, courses should be upper-division classes that are primarily biological in content.  Once approved by the advisor, a student's request for a self-designed field must be submitted to the Biology Curriculum Committee for approval.  The Curriculum Committee's approval should be obtained before the end of the sophomore year.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER: The curriculum for the Biological Sciences major ‐Biological Sciences concentration assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.  Entering students who are not prepared to take calculus will need to fulfill pre‐calculus requirements in the first semester.  LIFE 102 requires high school chemistry as a prerequisite; CHEM 111 requires Algebra II as a prerequisite (this prerequisite is met by having Algebra II by test credit, transfer credit, or placement out of MATH 117 and MATH 118 on Math Placement Exam). Earned grade of C or better is required in each of their biological, physical science, and mathematical courses used to meet requirements for the major.  Semester 4 may have to be adjusted if the student chooses 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry.  The selected and additional field must be a minimum of 18 credits. Do not attempt BZ 310 and BZ 350 before Junior year.  Do not take BZ 310 and BZ 350 together.
 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
Select one group from the following:   4
Group A:
    
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)X 3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Group B:
    
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Electives   6
MATH 117, MATH 118 may be necessary for some students to fulfill pre-calculus requirements. X  
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
Select one course from the following:   4
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and PlantsX   
Select one course from the following:   4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1) X1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1) X1B 
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
MATH 124, MATH 125 may be necessary for some students to fulfill pre-calculus requirements.X   
 Total Credits   13
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 220Introduction to Evolution   3
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab IIX  1
Selected Field (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
MATH 155 or MATH 160 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   3-5
Group A:
    
Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryX   
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory    
Group B:
    
Modern Organic Chemistry IX   
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods X  
Introduction to Biostatistics X  
Selected Field (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
 Total Credits   15-17
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Principles of Biochemistry    
Comprehensive Biochemistry I    
To complete CHEM 341 series option:   0-5
Modern Organic Chemistry II    
Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory    
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics I (GT-SC1) X3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1) X3A 
Selected Field (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   0-5
STAT 301 or STAT 307 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   16-17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 350Molecular and General Genetics X4A,4B4
To complete BC 401 series option:   0-3
Comprehensive Biochemistry II    
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics II (GT-SC1) X3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1) X3A 
Advanced Writing  23
 Total Credits   12-15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 310Cell BiologyX  4
Selected Field (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Additional Field (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   5
PH 121 or PH 141 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 311Developmental BiologyX  4
LIFE 320EcologyX 4C3
Additional Field (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
ElectivesX  2-6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12-16
 Program Total Credits:   120