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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biological Sciences is designed to provide a flexible degree option for students who wish to combine their interests in the biological sciences with those in other specialty areas such as the arts, the liberal arts, business, or biomedical engineering.  This degree is appropriate for students on the pre-medical track, as well as multiple other career tracks.

Compared to the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biological Sciences, the BA has both a language and a Minor-track coursework requirement, both completed in programs outside of the College of Science.  The degree also has fewer specific courses required for the major.  Students in the BA program may thus avail themselves of additional major corusework or choose choose to pursue additional interdisciplinary instruction outside of the biological sciences.

Requirements for the BA degree in Biological Sciences have the general College of Science requirements plus the following specific requirements:

Major Requirements:

BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
Plus 17 upper-division and 4 other elective semester hours in the biological sciences

Language Requirements:  Six semester  hours drawn from a menu of approved linked language option courses (SPAN, FREN, GERM, LATN, PORT) listed on the BA in Biological Sciences Degree Plan.

Minor Requirements:  Eighteen semester hours, at least nine of which must be in upper division courses that fulfill the Minor Field requirements in one of the following academic programs/departments: Art/Design, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Communications, Intelligence and National Security Studies, Women's Studies.  The requirements for each are specified by the respective units, and may vary slightly.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved for these 18 semester hours.

Other Electives:  Eighteen semester hours, at least ten of which must be in upper division coursework chosen by the student in consultation with their advisor as appropriate for the student's career/professional goals.

Degree Plan

BA in  Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Biomedical Sci.

Conncentration Required
This program requires the selection of a concentration.
Biology Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Math Sequence:
Select one of the following:3-4
Calculus II
STAT 2182
STAT 2380
STAT 2381
Elementary Statistical Methods
Physics Sequence:
Select one of the following:8
General Physics I (C)
and General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
and Introductory Electromagnetism
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Biology Major
Required Courses:
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I C1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory C1
BIOL 1305General Biology C3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology C3
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
Upper-Division Electives:
Select seventeen hours from the following: 217
Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
Ecology Laboratory
Professional Development Sem.
Molecular Cell Biology
Ecology
Genetics
Evolution
Plants and People
Toxicology
Forensic DNA Analysis
Advanced Methods in Biology
Special Problems
Trans Electron Microscopy
Field Biology
Special Problems
Endocrinology
Biol Ultrastruc Interpretation
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Field Biology
Animal Ecology
History/Philosophy-Biology
Mammalian Physiology
Biological Practicum
Topics in Biology
Special Problems
Comparative Plant Morphology
Pathogenic Microbiology Lab
Microbial Physiology Lab
Microorganisms in Ecosystems
Pathogenic Microbiology
Microbial Physiology
Immunology Laboratory
Epidemiology
General Virology
Immunology
Medical Mycology
Vertebrate Paleontology Tech
Adv Vertebrate Paleontology
Paleozoic & Mesozoic Vert Pale
Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontol
Vertebrate Physiology
Neurobiology
Electives
Complete nineteen additional hours of upper-division coursework and three additional hours of free electives 322
Foreign Language
Select a sequence from the following options: 46
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Interm Spanish One Non-Nat Spk
and Interm Spanish Two Non-Nat Spk
Spanish For Spanish Spkrs One
and Spanish for Spanish Spkrs Two
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Intensive Span for Span Speak
French Three
and French Four
German Three
and German Four
Accelerated Latin One
and Accelerated Latin Two
Accelerated Portuguese One
and Accelerated Portuguese Two
Intensive Language Study
and Intensive Language Study
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Total Hours120
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

BIOL 3320 Genetics is recommended

3

This area requires thirty hours in total.

4

French and Spanish majors must fulfill this requirement in a language other than their major

C

Course requires a grade of C or better

BA in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Bio.

Conncentration Required
This program requires the selection of a concentration.
Biology Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
Math Sequence:
Select one of the following:3-4
Calculus II
STAT 2182
STAT 2380
STAT 2381
Elementary Statistical Methods
Physics Sequence:
Select one of the following:8
General Physics I (C)
and General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
and Introductory Electromagnetism
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Biology Major
Required Courses:
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I C1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory C1
BIOL 1305General Biology C3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology C3
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
Upper-Division Electives:
Select seventeen hours from the following: 217
Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
Ecology Laboratory
Professional Development Sem.
Molecular Cell Biology
Ecology
Genetics
Evolution
Plants and People
Toxicology
Forensic DNA Analysis
Advanced Methods in Biology
Special Problems
Trans Electron Microscopy
Field Biology
Special Problems
Endocrinology
Biol Ultrastruc Interpretation
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Field Biology
Animal Ecology
History/Philosophy-Biology
Mammalian Physiology
Biological Practicum
Topics in Biology
Special Problems
Comparative Plant Morphology
Pathogenic Microbiology Lab
Microbial Physiology Lab
Microorganisms in Ecosystems
Pathogenic Microbiology
Microbial Physiology
Immunology Laboratory
Epidemiology
General Virology
Immunology
Medical Mycology
Vertebrate Paleontology Tech
Adv Vertebrate Paleontology
Paleozoic & Mesozoic Vert Pale
Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontol
Vertebrate Physiology
Neurobiology
Electives
Complete nineteen additional hours of upper-division coursework and three additional hours of free electives 322
Foreign Language
Select a sequence from the following options: 46
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Interm Spanish One Non-Nat Spk
and Interm Spanish Two Non-Nat Spk
Spanish For Spanish Spkrs One
and Spanish for Spanish Spkrs Two
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Intensive Span for Span Speak
French Three
and French Four
German Three
and German Four
Accelerated Latin One
and Accelerated Latin Two
Accelerated Portuguese One
and Accelerated Portuguese Two
Intensive Language Study
and Intensive Language Study
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Total Hours120
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

BIOL 3320 Genetics is recommended

3

This area requires thirty hours in total.

4

French and Spanish majors must fulfill this requirement in a language other than their major

C

Course requires a grade of C or better

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History (C)
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6