Biology Major BS
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. Many biology graduates 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 64 credits in the major, including at least 25 upper division Biology credits, at least 25 credits from Metropolitan State University, and at least one 400-level course 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 core or elective requirements of the major.
Acceptance to the 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 (see below)
- Foundation courses (see below)
After submission of the Undergraduate Program Declaration Form, students must then complete the Biology Program Assessment Survey.
Requirements (64 total credits)
Foundation Courses (39 credits)
- BIOL 111 General Biology I
- BIOL 112 General Biology II
- CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
- CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
- MATH 210 Calculus I
- CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I
- PHYS 211 Calculus Based Physics I
And one of the following:
Core Courses (15 credits)
One upper division course with lab in each of the three categories below.
Cell and Molecular Biology (5 cr)
- BIOL 301 Genetics or
- BIOL 302 Cell Biology and Histology or
- BIOL 304 Molecular Biology or
- CHEM 301 Biochemistry
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- BIOL 310 Ecology or
- BIOL 312 Evolution or
- BIOL 315 Limnology or
- BIOL 316 Behavioral Ecology or
- BIOL 318 Spatial Ecology or
- BIOL 320 Ecosystem and Global Ecology
Physiology and Organismal Biology (5 cr)
- BIOL 311 Plant Physiology or
- BIOL 321 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy or
- BIOL 322 Comparative Animal Physiology or
- BIOL 323 Developmental Biology or
- BIOL 324 Invertebrate Biology or
- BIOL 330 Biology of Microorganisms
Capstone and Elective Courses (10 credits)
An additional 10 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 5 credits of Biol350I/360I may be counted as elective credit in the Biology major, subject to advisor approval. Each student must take at least one 400-level course as a capstone experience.