BA in Biological Sciences

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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 coursework 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

Thirty- four semester hours found on the BA in Biological Sciences degree plan. 

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

Twenty-two 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

This degree plan requires a minor18
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
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Calculus I
Math Sequence:
Select one of the following:3-4
Calculus II
Elementary Statistical Methods
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
Molecular Cell Biology
Ecology
Genetics
Evolution
Plants and People
Forensic Pathobiology
Advanced Methods in Biology
Special Problems
Trans Electron Microscopy
Field Biology
Special Problems
G Protein-Coupled Recept Biol
Endocrinology
Developmental Biology
Biol Ultrastruc Interpretation
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Field Biology
Animal Ecology
Cancer Biology
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
ZOOL 4155
Adv Vertebrate Paleontology
Paleozoic & Mesozoic Vert Pale
Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontol
Vertebrate Physiology
Neurobiology
Electives
Complete twenty-two hours of which nineteen must be upper division.22
Foreign Language
Select a sequence from the following options: 36
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
French Three
and French Four
German Three
and German Four
Accelerated Latin One
and Accelerated Latin Two
Intermediate Portguese I
and Intermediate Portuguese II
Intensive Language Study
and Intensive Language Study
Total Hours119-120

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 or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I 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
Writing About Literature
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl 1
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Total Hours6

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
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
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I
General Physics II
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
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Physical Geography
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

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

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

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