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 2015

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
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  
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
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
Elective 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  
STAT 301 or 307Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
 3
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
 
Select one group from the following: 4-6
Group A:  
Principles of Biochemistry  
Group B:   
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
BZ 350Molecular and General Genetics4A,4B4
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: 5
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 0-4
 Total Credits 28-31
Senior
 
BZ 310Cell Biology 4
BZ 311Developmental Biology 4
LIFE 320Ecology4C3
Selected Field (see Selected Field lists below) 3
Additional fields1 6
Electives2 2-17
 Total Credits 22-37
 Program Total Credits: 120-126

The Biology Department maintains a list of current selected fields.  Twelve credits must be taken from one field.

Anatomy/Physiology Field Department List

Required Course:3-4
Principles of Human Physiology
Fundamentals of Physiology
Plant Physiology
Selected Courses:8-9
Select enough credits from the following courses to complete the 12-credit field requirement:
Animal Reproduction
BMS *** All BMS courses numbered 300 and above except BMS 310, BMS 384, and BMS 495 3
Insect Physiology
Developmental Plant Anatomy
Comparative Animal Physiology
Comparative Endocrinology
Plant Physiology
Plant Physiology Laboratory
Introduction to Radiation Biology
Ecophysiology of Trees
Fish Physiology
Physiology of Exercise
Human and Animal Disease
Immunology
Immunology Laboratory
Biological Psychology
Biological Psychology Laboratory
Histology
Domestic Animal Anatomy

 Aquatic Biology Field Department List

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:12
Aquatic Insects
Aquatic Vascular Plants
Introductory Phycology
Marine Biology
Stream Biology and Ecology
Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory
Limnology
Biology and Diversity of Fishes
Ichthyology Laboratory
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems
Fisheries Ecology
Ecotoxicology

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
Insect Behavior
Chemical Ecology
Animal Behavior Laboratory
Animal Behavior and Conservation
Behavioral Genetics
Biological Basis of Animal Behavior
Biology and Behavior of Dogs
Behavioral Ecology
Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology
Techniques in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Learning and Memory
Biological Psychology
Biological Psychology Laboratory

 Cellular, Molecular and Genetic Biology Field Department List

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:12
Principles of Animal Breeding
Comprehensive Biochemistry I
Comprehensive Biochemistry II
Molecular Genetics
Structural Biology I
Enzymology
Metabolism
Cellular Neurobiology
Microscopic Anatomy
Nerve and Muscle-Toxins, Trauma and Disease
Population and Evolutionary Genetics
Molecular Cytogenics
Comparative Endocrinology
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
Advanced Cell Biology
Plant Breeding
Plant Germplasm Conservation
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
Immunology
Immunology Laboratory
Microbial Genetics
Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology
Techniques in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Developmental Neurobiology
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
Ichthyology Laboratory
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
Group B:8-10
Select enough credits from the following to fulfill the 12-credit field requirement:
Primate Behavior and Ecology
Chemical Ecology
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
Tropical Ecology and Evolution
Global Change Ecology, Impacts and Mitigation
Marine Biology
Molecular Ecology
Animal Behavior and Conservation
Plant Ecology
Stream Biology and Ecology
Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory
Limnology
Zoophysiological Ecology
Behavioral Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Phytoremediation
Principles of Epidemiology
Epidemiologic Methods
Radioecology
Forest Ecology
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems
Ecotoxicology
Wildland Plants and Plant Communities
Wildland Ecosystems in a Changing World
Ecological Restoration

 Evolution, Genetics and Systematics Field Department List

Required Courses6-7
Principles of Systematic Zoology
Plant Systematics
Population and Evolutionary Genetics
Selected Courses:
Select enough credits from the following courses to complete the 12-credit field requirement:5-6
Human Evolution
Human Biological Variation
Molecular Genetics
Applied and General Entomology
Entomology Laboratory: General
Evolution and Classification of Insects
Parasitology and Vector Biology
Insect Behavior
Advanced Systematics
Animal Behavior
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Introductory Phycology
Introductory Mycology
Ornithology
Comparative Morphology of Vascular Plants
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
Tropical Ecology and Evolution
Molecular Cytogenics
Molecular Ecology
Behavioral Genetics
Human Heredity and Birth Defects
Genome Evolution
Ecological Plant Morphology
Behavioral Ecology
Computer Analysis in Population Genetics
Genetics of Natural Populations
Biology and Diversity of Fishes
Ichthyology Laboratory
Paleontology
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
Microbial Genetics
Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Origin and Evolution of Cultivated Plants

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
Poisonous Plants
Aquatic Vascular Plants
Plant Systematics
Introductory Phycology
Introductory Mycology
Comparative Morphology of Vascular Plants
Plant Ecology
Phytoremediation
List B: Zoology
Applied and General Entomology
Entomology Laboratory: General
Principles of Systematic Zoology
Parasitology and Vector Biology
Animal Biology-Invertebrates
Animal Biology-Vertebrates
Animal Behavior
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Ornithology
Tropical Ecology and Evolution
Marine Biology
Animal Behavior and Conservation
Biological Basis of Animal Behavior
Stream Biology and Ecology
Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory
Limnology
Biology and Behavior of Dogs
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
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
Introductory Phycology
Introductory Mycology
Topics in Mycology
MIP *** All MIP courses numbered 300 and above except MIP 315, MIP 342, MIP 343, MIP 384, MIP 495
Soil Microbiology
Soil Microbiology Laboratory
1

A minimum of one course must be selected from two additional fields (cannot use courses that were used to fulfill selected field). Courses in additional fields must be at least three credits.

2

 Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120-126 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

3

Only one of BMS 300 and BMS 360 may be used to fulfill the 12-credit Anatomy/Physiology Field requirement.

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
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 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
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
Select one course from the following:   4
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and PlantsX   
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
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
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Selected Field (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
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  
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Selected Field (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 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
STAT 301 or STAT 307 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   11-17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
To complete BC 401 series option:   0-3
Comprehensive Biochemistry II    
BZ 350Molecular and General Genetics X4A,4B4
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
Electives   0-4
 Total Credits   14-17
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  0-9
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   10-19
 Program Total Credits:   120-126