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Department of Biology

B.S. in Biology with Ecology Emphasis

The growing significance of environmental issues to the overall health of our world in the new century requires more individuals who are scientifically trained to contribute to solving environmental problems.

The B.S. in Biology with ecology emphasis is designed to provide in-depth training for students planning to do research in various areas of environmental sciences as either graduate students or employees of environmental agencies and companies.

This specialized biology major requires 37 credit hours including 9 required courses (21 credit hours) and elective courses (16 credit hours). This track allows students to acquire a strong background in fundamental biology with a specialization in the basic science of ecology and evolution. Students will follow the program outlined below

   

Requirements

21 credit hours plus cognate requirements

BIOL 101  General Biology I (3)
BIOL 111  General Biology I Lab (1)
BIOL 102  General Biology II (3)
BIOL 112  General Biology II Lab (1)
BIOL 251  Cell Biology (3)
BIOL 265  Ecology (3)
BIOL 266  Ecology Lab (1)
BIOL 282  Genetics (3)
BIOL 319  Evolution (3)

Electives

16 credit hours

A minimum of two electives must be selected from the following list. The remaining credits may come from this list or from other electives offered in Biology. A minimum of (any) two electives must have laboratory components.

BIOL 205  Plant Biology (4)
BIOL 215  Ornithology (3)
BIOL 296  Introduction to Research (1)
BIOL 316  Limnology (4)
BIOL 320  Animal Behavior (3)
BIOL 325  Primatology - Behavior & Ecology (3)
BIOL 327  Wetland Ecology (4)
BIOL 328  Conservation Biology (3)
BIOL 335  Biostatistics (4)
BIOL 345  Sociobiology (3)
BIOL 360  Field Biology (3)
BIOL 363  Entomology (4)
BIOL 368  Plant Ecology (4)
BIOL 369  Invertebrate Biology (3)
BIOL 370  Ichthyology (4)
BIOL 371  Marine Biology (3)
BIOL 371L Marine Biology Lab (1)
BIOL 372  Lake Michigan Biology (4)
BIOL 375  Aquatic Insects (4)
BIOL 393  Natural Resources Conservation (3)
BIOL 395  Special Topics (1-4)*
CHEM 312-313  Environmental Chemistry (4)Or ONE of the following

BIOL 396  Research (Capstone Course) (3)*
BIOL 397  Honors Research (3)*
BIOL 398  Internship (Capstone Course) (1-3)*

* courses must be taken in an Ecology related topic.

Chemistry

16 credit hours

CHEM 101  General Chemistry A (3) *
CHEM 111  General Chemistry Lab A (1)
CHEM 102  General Chemistry B (3) *
CHEM 112  General Chemistry Lab B (1)
CHEM 223  Organic Chemistry A (3) **
CHEM 225  Organic Chemistry Lab A (1)
CHEM 224  Organic Chemistry B (3) **
CHEM 226  Organic Chemistry Lab B (1)

*   OR CHEM 105, CHEM 106
** OR CHEM 221, CHEM 222

Mathematics

6 credit hours

MATH 131 OR 161  Calculus I (3/4)
MATH 132 OR 162  Calculus II (3/4)

Physics

8 credit hours

PHYS 111 OR 113  Physics I (3/4)
PHYS 131 OR 133  Physics Lab I (1)
PHYS 112 OR 114  Physics II (3/4)
PHYS 132 OR 134  Physics Lab II (1)

Suggested Course Sequence

The biology department recommends that students pursuing the B.S. in Biology with Ecology Emphasis complete their required classes in the following sequence. Requirements include courses in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Mathematics (MATH) and Physics (PHYS):

First SemesterCredit HrsSecond SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL 101, 111(lab)
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
MATH 131
4
3
1
3
BIOL 102, 112(lab)
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
MATH 132
4
3
1
3
Third SemesterCredit HrsFourth SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL 265
BIOL 266
CHEM 223
CHEM 225
3
1
3
1
BIOL 282
CHEM 224
CHEM 226
3
3
1
Fifth SemesterCredit HrsSixth SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL 251
PHYS 111
PHYS 131

3
3
1
BIOL 319
PHYS 112
PHYS 132
BIOL Elective (Ecology)
3
3
1
3
Seventh SemesterCredit HrsEighth SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL Elective (Ecology)

4

BIOL Electives

8

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