Biology Curriculum Guides

The following are curriculum guides for a four-year Biology degree program and is subject to change without notice. Students should consult a Biology program advisor to ensure that they have the most accurate and up-to-date information available about a particular four-year degree option.

  • Biology Major with Emphasis in Animal Biology Curriculum Guide Example
  • Biology Major with Emphasis in Aquaculture Curriculum Guide Example
  • Biology Major with Emphasis in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Curriculum Guide Example
  • Biology Major with Emphasis in Ecology & Conservation Biology Curriculum Guide Example
  • Biology Major with Emphasis in Cell/Molecular Biology Curriculum Guide Example
  • Biology Major with Emphasis in Biology for Educators Curriculum Guide Example

Biology Major with Emphasis in Animal Biology  

An example: Four year plan for Biology Major with Emphasis in Animal Biology
120 credits necessary to graduate. Assumes an 18-credit interdisciplinary minor.
Plan is a representation and categories of classes can be switched. Check with your advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
BIOLOGY 201
BIOLOGY 202
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
4
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
5
First Year Seminar 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Spring
BIOLOGY 203
BIOLOGY 204
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
5
MATH 260 Introductory Statistics 4
General Ed / Core Minor 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall
BIOLOGY 307
BIOLOGY 308
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory (or Biology 302)
4
MATH 202 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
WF 105 Research and Rhetoric 3
General Ed / Core Minor 3
General Ed 3
 Credits17
Spring
BIOLOGY 303 Genetics 3
BIOLOGY 309 Evolutionary Biology 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Core Minor 3
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
ENV SCI 302 Principles of Ecology 4
General Ed 3
Biology Elective 3-4
Biology Elective 3-4
Elective / Minor 3
 Credits16-18
Spring
BIOLOGY 346 Comparative Physiology 3
General Ed 3
Biology Elective 3-4
Biology/Minor Elective 3-4
Elective 3
 Credits15-17
Senior
Fall
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar (fall or spring) 1
BIOLOGY 498
Independent Study
or Internship
2-3
General Ed 3
Biology Elective 3
Elective for Minor 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar (fall or spring) 1
Biology Elective 3-4
Elective for Minor 3-4
Elective 3-4
Elective 3-4
 Credits13-17
 Total Credits122-131

Biology Major with Emphasis in Aquaculture

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
BIOLOGY 201 Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes 3
BIOLOGY 202 Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes 1
CHEM 211 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 213 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
First Year Seminar 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Spring
BIOLOGY 203 Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution 3
BIOLOGY 204 Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution 1
CHEM 212 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 214 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MATH 260 Introductory Statistics 4
General Ed 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall
BIOLOGY 303 Genetics 3
MATH 104
Precalculus
or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
4
WF 105
Research and Rhetoric
or Technical Writing
3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
 Credits16
Spring
BIOLOGY 307
BIOLOGY 308
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
4
BIOLOGY 323
BIOLOGY 324
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
4
ENV SCI 302 Principles of Ecology 4
BIOLOGY 309 Evolutionary Biology 3
General Ed 3
 Credits18
Junior
Fall
ENV SCI 469 Conservation Biology 4
ENV SCI 403
Limnology
or Stream Ecology
4
BIOLOGY 360 Early Life History of Fish 3
General Ed 3
 Credits14
Spring
BIOLOGY 341 Ichthyology 4
BIOLOGY 322 Environmental Microbiology 4
BIOLOGY 346 Comparative Physiology 3
BIOLOGY 370 Fisheries Research and Management 3
General Ed 3
 Credits17
Senior
Fall
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar 1
ENV SCI 467 Capstone in Environmental Science 4
Major Elective 3-4
Major Elective 3-4
General Ed 3
 Credits14-16
Spring
BIOLOGY 401 Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics 4
BIOLOGY 449 Wetland Ecology 3
Major Elective -4
Major Elective 3-4
 Credits10-15
 Total Credits120-127

Biology Major with Emphasis in Aquatic Ecology & Fisheries  

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
BIOLOGY 201 Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes 3
BIOLOGY 202 Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes 1
CHEM 211 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 213 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHEM 207 Laboratory Safety 1
First Year Seminar 3
General Ed 3
 Credits16
Spring
BIOLOGY 203 Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution 3
BIOLOGY 204 Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution 1
CHEM 212 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 213 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MATH 260 Introductory Statistics 4
General Ed 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall
BIOLOGY 303 Genetics 3
MATH 104
Precalculus
or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
4
WF 105
Research and Rhetoric
or Technical Writing
3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
 Credits16
Junior
Fall
BIOLOGY 360 Early Life History of Fish 3
ENV SCI 469 Conservation Biology 4
ENV SCI 403
Limnology
or Stream Ecology
4
General Ed 3
 Credits14
Spring
BIOLOGY 341 Ichthyology 4
BIOLOGY 322 Environmental Microbiology 4
BIOLOGY 346 Comparative Physiology 3
BIOLOGY 370 Fisheries Research and Management 3
General Ed 3
 Credits17
Senior
Fall
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar 1
ENV SCI 467 Capstone in Environmental Science 4
Major Elective 3-4
Major Elective 3-4
General Ed 3
 Credits14-16
Spring
BIOLOGY 401 Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics 4
BIOLOGY 449 Wetland Ecology 3
Major Elective 3-4
Major Elective 3-4
 Credits13-15
 Total Credits106-110

Biology Major with Emphasis in Cell/Molecular  

An example: Four year plan for Biology Major with Emphasis in Cell/Molecular
120 credits necessary to graduate. Assumes an 18-credit minor.
Plan is a representation and categories of classes can be switched. Check with your advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
BIOLOGY 201
BIOLOGY 202
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
4
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
5
First Year Seminar 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Spring
BIOLOGY 203
BIOLOGY 204
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
5
MATH 260 Introductory Statistics 4
General Ed / Core Minor 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall
BIOLOGY 323
BIOLOGY 324
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
4
MATH 202 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
WF 105 Research and Rhetoric 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
 Credits17
Spring
BIOLOGY 303 Genetics 3
BIOLOGY 309 Evolutionary Biology 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
BIOLOGY 307
BIOLOGY 308
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
4
ENV SCI 302 Principles of Ecology 4
CHEM 302
CHEM 304
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (or Bio-Organic in Spring)
4
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Spring
BIOLOGY 346 Comparative Physiology 3
CHEM 330
CHEM 301
Biochemistry
and Bio-Organic Chemistry Laboratory (or Organic I in Fall)
4
BIOLOGY 407  
General Ed 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Senior
Fall
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar (fall or spring) 1
Elective 3
General Ed 3
Biology Elective 3
Elective for Minor 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar (fall or spring) 1
Biology Elective 3-4
Elective for Minor 3-4
Elective 3-4
Elective 3-4
 Credits13-17
 Total Credits123-127

Biology Major with Emphasis in Ecology & Conservation

An example: Four year plan for Biology Major with Emphasis in Ecology and Conservation Biology
120 credits necessary to graduate. Assumes an 18-credit minor.
Plan is a representation and categories of classes can be switched. Check with your advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
BIOLOGY 201 Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes 3
BIOLOGY 202 Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes 1
CHEM 211 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 213 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
First Year Seminar 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Spring
BIOLOGY 203 Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution 3
BIOLOGY 204 Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution 1
CHEM 212 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 214 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MATH 260 Introductory Statistics 4
General Ed 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall
BIOLOGY 307
BIOLOGY 308
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
4
MATH 202 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
WF 105 Research and Rhetoric 3
General Ed/Core Minor 3
General Ed 3
 Credits17
Spring
BIOLOGY 303 Genetics 3
ENV SCI 302 Principles of Ecology 4
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Core Minor 3
 Credits16
Junior
Fall
BIOLOGY 323
BIOLOGY 324
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIOLOGY 309 Evolutionary Biology 3
ENV SCI 469 Conservation Biology 4
General Ed 3
Elective / Minor 3
 Credits17
Spring
General Ed 3
Biology Elective 3-4
Biology/Minor Elective 3-4
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-17
Senior
Fall
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar (fall or spring) 1
BIOLOGY 498
Independent Study
or Internship
2-3
General Ed 3
Biology Elective 3
Elective for Minor 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar (fall or spring) 1
Biology Elective 3-4
Elective for Minor 3-4
Elective 3-4
Elective 3-4
 Credits13-17
 Total Credits124-131

Biology Major with Emphasis in Biology for Educators

An example: Four year plan for Biology Major with Emphasis in Biology for Educators
120 credits necessary to graduate. Assumes an 18-credit interdisciplinary minor.
Plan is a representation and categories of classes can be switched. Check with your advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
BIOLOGY 201
BIOLOGY 202
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
4
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
5
First Year Seminar 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Spring
BIOLOGY 203
BIOLOGY 204
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
5
MATH 260 Introductory Statistics 4
General Ed / Core Minor 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall
BIOLOGY 307
BIOLOGY 308
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory (or Biology 302)
4
MATH 202 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
WF 105 Research and Rhetoric 3
General Ed / Core Minor 3
General Ed 3
 Credits17
Spring
BIOLOGY 303 Genetics 3
BIOLOGY 309 Evolutionary Biology 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Core Minor 3
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
ENV SCI 302 Principles of Ecology 4
General Ed 3
Biology Elective 3-4
Biology Elective 3-4
Elective / Minor 3
 Credits16-18
Spring
BIOLOGY 346
Comparative Physiology
or Plant Physiology
3-4
General Ed 3
Biology Elective 3-4
Biology / Minor Elective 3-4
Elective 3
 Credits15-18
Senior
Fall
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar (fall or spring) 1
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
BIOLOGY 490 Biology Seminar (fall or spring) 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits123-128