Program Title: Biology B.A.

 

General Information

Campus:

University of Minnesota, Morris

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Career:

Undergraduate

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Program type:

Baccalaureate

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Program title (short):

Biology B.A.

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Program title (long):

Biology B.A.

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Program short description:

Biol

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Additional terms:

This program is 8 semesters (4 years) long.

This program does not need any summer terms.

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Stakeholder college(s):

UMM-Science & Math, Div of

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Degree-granting college(s):

UMM-Science & Math, Div of

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Approver college(s):

UMM-Science & Math, Div of

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Administrative college(s):

UMM-Science & Math, Div of

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Budgetary college(s):

'UMM-Science & Math, Div of'=100

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Acad plan code(s):

'UMM-Science & Math, Div of'=013220227

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Department(s):

Division of Science & Mathematics - Adm

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First term admitting students:

Fall 1960

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Effective date:

Fall 2005

Fall 2007

Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

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Catalog description:

The biology curriculum is designed to provide students with biological knowledge and to develop scientific skills as part of their liberal arts education. It prepares students for graduate or professional programs and for careers such as secondary biology education, government service, or private sector employment. Included in those skills are the abilities to conduct and interpret scientific research and to successfully communicate scientific information both verbally and in writing. The faculty believe these objectives can best be attained through a balanced core curriculum in biology and a diverse array of elective coursework, both of which include active lab and field experiences.

The biology curriculum is designed to provide students with biological knowledge and to develop scientific skills as part of their liberal arts education. Included in those skills are the abilities to conduct and interpret scientific research and to successfully communicate scientific information both verbally and in writing. The faculty believe these objectives can best be attained through a balanced core curriculum in biology and a diverse array of elective coursework, both of which include active lab and field experiences. The biology major prepares students for graduate or professional programs and for careers such as secondary biology education, government service, or private sector employment. The Biology Discipline also offers a variety of 10XX level courses that are designed specifically for students seeking to fulfill general education requirements in science.

Program Requirements

Program length in credits:

120 credits

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Major length in credits:

62 to 63 credits

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Number of semesters of a second language that are required:

2

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Specific language(s) required:

Any Second Language

No Second Language

Other requirements:

 

Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. Up to 5 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the major requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B in the major. The GPA in these courses must be at least 2.00.

 

Biology majors are advised to complete their chemistry and mathematics requirements as early as possible.  All majors should have their programs approved by a biology advisor by the beginning of their junior year.

Required course(s):

Major Core Curriculum

BIOL 1101 - Freshman Seminar in Biological Principles, SCI (3.0 cr)

  BIOL 2101 - Evolution of Biodiversity, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  BIOL 2111 - Cell Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  BIOL 3101 - Genetics, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  BIOL 3121 - Molecular Biology, SCI-L (5.0 cr)

  BIOL 3131 - Ecology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  BIOL 3701 - Biological Communications (1.0 cr)

  BIOL 4901 - Senior Seminar (1.0 cr)

Required Courses

BIOL 1111 {Approval Pending}

  BIOL 2101 - Evolution of Biodiversity, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  BIOL 2111 - Cell Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  BIOL 3121 - Molecular Biology, SCI-L (5.0 cr)

  BIOL 3131 - Ecology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  BIOL 3700 {Approval Pending}

  BIOL 3701 - Biological Communications (1.0 cr)

  BIOL 4901 - Senior Seminar (1.0 cr)

  CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I, SCI (4.0 cr)

  CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II, SCI (4.0 cr)

  CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Lab I (1.0 cr)

  MATH 1021 - Survey of Calculus, M/SR (4.0 cr)

    or MATH 1101 - Calculus I, M/SR (5.0 cr)

  STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics, M/SR (4.0 cr)

    or STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods, M/SR (4.0 cr)

 

Elective Courses

Choose either Option 1 or Option 2 to fulfill the biology elective requirement.

  or Option 1

Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:

    BIOL 4102 - Human Physiology, SCI (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4111 - Microbiology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4121 - Herpetology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4131 - Vertebrate Natural History, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4151 - Entomology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4161 - Evolution, SCI (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4171 - Plant Systematics and Evolution, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4181 - Developmental Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4191 - Freshwater Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry, SCI (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4321 - Animal Physiology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4331 - Global Change Ecology, SCI (4.0 cr)

  Option 2

   PSY 3211 - Biological Psychology, SCI-L (5.0 cr)

      or PSY 3201 - Comparative Psychology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

      or GEOL 3111 - Introduction to Invertebrate Paleontology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

   Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:

      BIOL 4102 - Human Physiology, SCI (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4111 - Microbiology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4121 - Herpetology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4131 - Vertebrate Natural History, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4151 - Entomology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4161 - Evolution, SCI (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4171 - Plant Systematics and Evolution, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4181 - Developmental Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4191 - Freshwater Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry, SCI (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4321 - Animal Physiology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

      BIOL 4331 - Global Change Ecology, SCI (4.0 cr)

 

Elective Courses

Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:

  Organismal Electives

Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:

    BIOL 4111 - Microbiology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4121 - Herpetology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4131 - Vertebrate Natural History, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4151 - Entomology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4161 - Evolution, SCI (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4171 - Plant Systematics and Evolution, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4301 - Plant Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  Non-organismal Electives

Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:

    BIOL 4003 - Neurobiology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4102 - Human Physiology, SCI (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4181 - Developmental Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4191 - Freshwater Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry, SCI (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4312 {Approval Pending}

    BIOL 4321 - Animal Physiology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4331 - Global Change Ecology, SCI (4.0 cr)

    BIOL 4351 - Conservation Biology , SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  Other Electives

Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:

    PSY 3211 - Biological Psychology, SCI-L (5.0 cr)

    PSY 3201 - Comparative Psychology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

    GEOL 3111 - Introduction to Invertebrate Paleontology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

 

Other Science and Math Requirements

CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II, SCI-L (4.0 cr)

  CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I, SCI (4.0 cr)

  CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II, SCI (4.0 cr)

  CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Lab I (1.0 cr)

  MATH 1101 - Calculus I, M/SR (5.0 cr)

    or MATH 1021 - Survey of Calculus, M/SR (4.0 cr)

  STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics, M/SR (4.0 cr)

    or STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods, M/SR (4.0 cr)

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