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2019-2020 General Catalog

Biology: Biology - BA, BS


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Department of Biology

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  • For more information about Biology, see the link to the Biology Department
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with Samuel Rivera or Dani Lawrence, advisors in Biology. Current students should also meet with Samuel Rivera or Dani Lawrence and log on to DegreeWorks  to check student-specific program progress.

 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: The highest Math Requirement for this degree is MATH 1210: Calculus I (QL)  and STAT 3000: Statistics for Scientists (QI)  
A minimum GPA of 2.25 must be attained in all Biology and Public Health coursework required by the major.

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 2.25 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

BIOL 1610: Biology I /BIOL 1615: Biology I Laboratory   3 /1   grade of C- or better BIOL 1620: Biology II (BLS) /BIOL 1625: Biology II Laboratory   3 /1    grade of C- or better
CHEM 1210: Principles of Chemistry I   4     CHEM 1220: Principles of Chemistry II (BPS)   4    
CHEM 1215: Chemical Principles Laboratory I   1     CHEM 1225: Chemical Principles Laboratory II   1    
University Studies OR Math prerequisite courses 6 if students need Math courses prerequisite to Math 1210, credits in addition to those listed may be required University Studies OR Math prerequisite courses 6 if students need Math courses prerequisite to Math 1210, credits in addition to those listed may be required
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Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

(BIOL 2220: General Ecology or BIOL 3200: Advanced Biology)  OR BIOL 3060: Principles of Genetics (QI)   3  OR 4     BIOL 2220 - General Ecology (BIOL 2220: General Ecology or BIOL 3200: Advanced Biology)  OR BIOL 3060: Principles of Genetics (QI)   3  OR 4    
CHEM 2300: Principles of Organic Chemistry   3     CHEM 3700: Introductory Biochemistry   3    
CHEM 2315: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I   1     CHEM 3710: Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory   1    
MATH 1210: Calculus I (QL)   4     STAT 3000: Statistics for Scientists (QI)   3    
University Studies OR Elective courses 4-6   University Studies OR Elective courses 5-7  
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Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

BIOL 3300: General Microbiology BIOL 5210: Cell Biology , OR Biology Elective course

4  OR 3  OR 3-4

 

BIOL 3300: General Microbiology  OR Biology Elective course

4  OR 3-4

 
PHYS 2110: General Physics - Life Sciences I  OR PHYS 2210: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (BPS/QI)  and PHYS 2215: Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab I   4  OR 4  and 1     PHYS 2120: General Physics - Life Sciences II (BPS)  OR PHYS 2220: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (BPS/QI)  and PHYS 2225: Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab II   4  OR 4  and 1    
Biology Field Elective OR Biology Elective course 2-3    Biology Field Elective OR Biology Elective course 2-3  

University Studies OR Biology Elective OR Elective course

6   University Studies OR Biology Elective OR Elective course 6  
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Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

BIOL 3300: General Microbiology , BIOL 5210: Cell Biology , OR Biology Elective course 4  OR 3  OR 3   BIOL 5250: Evolutionary Biology (CI)  OR Biology Elective course 3  OR 3  
BIOL 5250: Evolutionary Biology (CI)   OR Biology Elective Course 3  OR 3   Upper Division Physiology OR Biology Elective courses 3-6  
Upper Division Physiology OR Biology Elective courses 3-6   University Studies OR Biology Elective OR Elective course 9  
University Studies OR Biology Elective OR Elective course 6        
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Admission Requirements for this Major For further information contact the Biology Advising Center in  Life Science Building 007. The advisors for Biology majors are Samuel Rivera or Dani Lawrence, contact by appointment in Life Science Building 007 or by e-mail to: samuel rivera@usu.edu or dani.lawrence@usu.edu

Students must complete the General Education Requirements  :

  •   or   will fulfill the Exploration requirement in conjunction with one of the General Education categories
  • The required Biology coursework will fulfill the BLS requirement
  • The required Chemistry coursework will fulfill the BPS requirement

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements  :

  •  , or either along with another course having CI designation, will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  •    will fulfill the Quantitative  Intensive (QI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Social Sciences (DSS)

Physiology Course with Lab Requirement (4-5 credits)


Students must take one upper-division physiology course with an integrated or separate laboratory from the following list.

Biology Electives (10 credits)


Students must select an additional 10 credits of 4000 level and above BIOL or PUBH prefix courses as electives. BIOL 3065: Genetics Laboratory  may also be included toward these elective credits, even though it is a 3000 level course.  A maximum of 4 credits from BIOL 4250  (1-2 credits), BIOL 4710  (1 credit), BIOL 5800  (1-3 credits), or seminar courses (1-2 credits) may be included among the 10 elective credits.

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