Oct 16, 2018  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Major (B.S.)

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A Biology major leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology requires 39 credits: 21 credits of specified courses, 18 credits of biology electives (26 credits without Physics), and 6-8 support courses. Majors normally take an introductory core of six courses in the sequence listed below, plus a senior seminar.  Since not all students are firmly committed to a major when they enter college, it is possible to tailor individual biology programs to fit the needs of students who must start the course sequence late.  Transfer students and those beginning the major after their first semester freshman year may have BIO 100  waived; please see your advisor.



An additional 18 credits in biology, including at least one upper-level plant course (e.g., botany, plant anatomy and physiology, ecology or approved Au Sable course) must be taken to complete a concentration below.

Either eight credits of additional upper-level electives in biology (300-level or above) or PHY 121 , PHY 122  (Introductory Physics I, II) or PHY 111 , PHY 112  [General Physics I, II (noncalculus)] must also be completed.

Required Mathematics and Support Courses

The following science and mathematics support courses are also required of all Bachelor of Science biology majors:

Biology with Middle School or Secondary Education Double Major

Students planning to teach biology at the middle school or secondary level should consult the education and biology chairs for specific requirements.  The Bachelor of Arts in biology is recommended.

Biology Concentrations

Professional Concentration (B.S.)

The Professional Concentration provides flexibility in course selection.  A total of 18 credits of biology electives required (26 credits without Physics), including at least one upper-level plant course.

Health Professions Concentration (B.S.)

Biology is a popular choice of major for many students entering medicine or other health professions. Biology provides a breadth of experiences related to living organisms, including humans, which provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing medical-related fields. The B.A. in biology may be appropriate for those pursuing prenursing and physician’s assistant programs, while the B.S. in biology may be more appropriate for the premedical, preveterinary, predental and prephysical therapy tracks.

Students interested in a career in the health professions fields should declare a health professions concentration and track. The specific requirements for different health professions tracks are listed under the Health Professions Program  section of this catalog. Contact Dr. Craig Story, Director of Health Professions, for additional information.

Biotechnology Concentration (B.S.)

The following courses are required:

Environmental Concentration

The following courses are required:

Marine Biology Concentration (B.S.)

Biology electives (10 credits; 18 credits without Physics) approved by the department

BIO 310 - Ecology  and courses from the Marine Studies Consortium or Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies are strongly recommended.

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