Program Overview

Biology is the study of life, from the simplest cells to the most complex ecosystems. When you study biology you develop an understanding of your own life and an appreciation for your connection to the natural world.

A biology degree helps open the door to a broad range of fields including health care, food science, public health, biotechnology, conservation and natural resource management. Biology graduates may choose to continue on to professional and graduate programs in health care, research and education.

The biology major provides students with scientific knowledge, laboratory skills, research experience and intellectual training in analytical and quantitative reasoning.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology offers students a comprehensive introduction to the biological sciences with a strong foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences, followed by advanced study in at least one area of student interest. Students earning the Bachelor of Science in Biology are encouraged to include a minor in chemistry, physics or mathematics as part of their program of study.

In addition to the overall University graduation requirements, the biology major BS requires each student to complete 68 credits in the major, including at least 25 upper division Biology credits, at least 25 credits not used for any other major or minor, from Metropolitan State University, and at least 3 credits of 400 or 500 level coursework taken at Metropolitan State as a capstone experience. Students must also complete the biology program exit interview and assessment test during their final semester of classes before graduation.

All prerequisite and required courses must be completed with grades of C- or above. Transfer coursework equivalency is determined by the Natural Sciences Department. Each foundation science course must include at least one credit of professionally supervised laboratory experience with standard undergraduate laboratory equipment and materials. Lower-division (100- and 200-level) courses cannot be used to fulfill upper division core or elective requirements of the major.

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Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Biology BS major, students must submit a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • Prerequisite courses
  • Foundation courses

After submission of the Undergraduate Program Declaration Form, students must then complete the Biology Program Assessment Survey.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan. 

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Course List

Prerequisites

Biology Prerequisites Courses

  • One of the following classes is required:
    • MATH 115 College Algebra
      4 credits

      This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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    • MATH 120 Precalculus
      4 credits

      This course is designed to prepare students for calculus. Topics include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; the algebra of functions; multiple function representations; and an introduction to analytic geometry.

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Requirements ( 120 total credits)

Biology Foundation Courses (39 credits)

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200-level Math Requirement

One 200-level math course or set of courses: either MATH 208 Applied Calculus or both MATH 210 Calculus and MATH 211 Calculus II

  • MATH 208 Applied Calculus
    4 credits

    This course provides an overview of the differential calculus for single and multivariable functions and an introduction to the integral calculus and differential equations, with an emphasis on applications to the natural and physical sciences. Particular topics covered in the course include limits, ordinary and partial derivatives, applications of derivatives, definite integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus, applications of definite integrals, models involving differential equations, Eulers method, equilibrium solutions.

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  • MATH 210 Calculus I
    4 credits

    Since its beginnings, calculus has demonstrated itself to be one of humankind's greatest intellectual achievements. This versatile subject has proven useful in solving problems ranging from physics and astronomy to biology and social science. Through a conceptual and theoretical framework this course covers topics in differential calculus including limits, derivatives, derivatives of transcendental functions, applications of differentiation, L'Hopital's rule, implicit differentiation, and related rates.

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  • MATH 211 Calculus II
    4 credits

    This is a continuation of Math 210 Calculus I and a working knowledge of that material is expected. Through a conceptual and theoretical framework this course covers the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, applications of integration, numerical methods for evaluating integrals, techniques of integration and series.

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Additional Physics or Organic Chemistry Requirement (5 credits)

One course or set of courses: either PHYS 212 Calculus Based Physics II or both CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II and CHEM 332L Organic Chemistry II Lab

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Biology Core Courses: Cell and Molecular (5 credits)

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Biology Core Courses: Ecology and Evolutionary (5 credits)

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Biology Core Courses: Physiology and Organismal (5 credits)

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Biology Capstone and Elective Courses (14 credits)

An additional 14 credits of upper-division biology courses chosen from the list of core courses above, the list of elective courses below, and other approved 300- or 400-level biology courses (see advisor for details). Up to 4 credits of BIOL350I/HBIO201/HBIO205 may be counted as elective credit in the Biology major, subject to advisor approval. Each student must take at least 3 credits of 400 or 500 level coursework at Metropolitan State.

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  • BIOL 350I Biology Internship
    0 credits

    Students obtain internships in selected areas of study to gain deeper understand of knowledge, skills and the context of a given field. Site supervisors give guidance and direction to customized internship projects. Faculty members serve as liaisons between the internship sites and the university, providing information to students and potential supervisors and supervising the learning experience. Students should contact the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) at Metropolitan State University for more information.

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