Biology B.S.

Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120

This program is designed for flexibility with students planning graduate studies in the academic area, planning to pursue a career working with wildlife, or planning further study as a pre-professional background for areas such as medicine, pharmacy, chiropractic, etc.

The student must complete the essential studies core, the biology core listed below, and the desired biology specialization. The MSU Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of at least a minor program in a supporting area in conjunction with the major.

A capstone laboratory or non-laboratory project (SCNC 480) is required.

Biology majors must complete 36 hours of essential studies including COMM 110, ENGL 110, ENGL 120 or ENGL 125, MATH 103, MATH 105, BIOL 150, BIOL 150L, BIOL 151, BIOL 151L.

A list of approved essential studies courses is available here.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Biology, B.S.

  • SLO 1: Students will acquire a content knowledge base commensurate with career goals.
  • SLO 2: Students will communicate scientific information both orally and in writing.
  • SLO 3: Students will apply quantitative or qualitative theories of science to a broad variety of biological problems including experiential component.
  • SLO 4: Students will construct and critically analyze scientific arguments.

 

Requirements

Core Courses

BIOL 315Genetics

3

BIOL 315LGenetics Lab

1

BIOL 341Cell and Molecular Biology

3

BIOL 341LCell and Molecular Biology Lab

1

BIOL 359Evolution

3

BIOL 476SComprehensive Review and Examination

1

MATH 323Probability & Statistics

3

SCNC 480Science Comprehensive

1

Total Credit Hours: 16

*Minor required

Specialization Areas

Health Careers Area Specialization (Minimum 13 SH)

BIOL 220Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIOL 220LAnatomy & Physiology Lab I

1

BIOL 221Anatomy & Physiology II

3

BIOL 221LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab

1

BIOL 302Survey Of Microbiology

3

BIOL 302LSurvey Of Microbiology Lab

1

BIOL 364Parasitology

3

BIOL 301Immunology

3

Wildlife Careers Area Specialization (Minimum 13 SH)

BIOL 236Survey of Botany

3

BIOL 236LSurvey of Botany Lab

1

BIOL 311Invertebrate Zoology

3

BIOL 311LInvertebrate Zoology Lab

1

BIOL 312Vertebrate Zoology

3

BIOL 312LVertebrate Zoology Lab

1

BIOL 332General Ecology

3

BIOL 364Parasitology

3