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Biological/ Premedical Illustration
(Interdepartmental Undergraduate Program)
Program Committee: Warren D. Dolphin, Chair; Dean Biechler, C. Arthur
Croyle, John Dorn, Steven M. Herrnstadt, Harry Horner, Don Sakaguchi.
The interdepartmental undergraduate BPM I major is designed
for students who want to combine their interests and aptitudes in
science and art. Based on the theme of “communicating science
through art,” the major prepares students for careers in biological
illustration or for graduate education in medical illustration elsewhere.
Graduates enter fields such as biocommunications, environmental
display design, free-lance illustration, museum display design,
and various careers in the publishing industry.
Entrance into the BPM I program is by application to the BPM I Advisory
Committee. Eligibility is based on an academic standard of at least
2.00 CGPA on 30 credits of university level work and a consideration
of artistic ability as demonstrated through submission of a portfolio
of representative drawings or other art work. Freshman and transfer
students usually declare pre-BPM I as their major while satisfying
the conditions for entrance into the major, although other majors
can be declared.
To earn the B.A. degree offered by the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, students must complete the general education requirements
in that college and take at least 42 credits in design and 32 credits
in the biological sciences. Design courses include: Art 130 and
230, ArtIS 233, 238, and 330, BPM I 326, 327, 336, 337, 494, and
497 plus 12 credits chosen from a list of approved upper level courses
in art and design. Biological science courses include: Biol 102,
201, 201L, 202, 202L; Bot 306 or 404 or 505; Zool 155, 320, and
at least 12 credits chosen from a list of approved biological science
courses. Students must earn a grade of C– or better in all
art and science courses included in the major and must earn an overall
GPA of 2.00 in both categories. A brochure is available in 201 Bessey
Hall that gives a detailed listing of the requirements.
English Proficiency Requirement. Students must earn a minimum of
C in both English 104 and 105 or equivalent composition courses
and in one advanced writing course numbered Engl 302 through 316.
Students in BPM I must complete a senior project or an internship
experience in which they design and produce artwork that is suitable
for publication or public display.
A minor in biological illustration is offered. A minimum of 17 credits
must be taken, including 8 credits in biological science courses
and 9 credits in art and design courses. The biological sciences
must include Biol 201, 201L, 202, 202L. The art and design courses
must include ArtVS 336 and 337, and an advanced drawing or painting
course. For more information, contact the chair of the BPM I Advisory
Committee in 201 Bessey Hall or view the website listed above.
Courses Primarily for Undergraduate Students
BPM I 326. Introduction
to Illustration. (Same as ArtIS 326.) See Art and Design.
BPM I 327. Illustration as Communication
and Interpretive Expression. (Same as ArtIS 327.) See Art
BPM I 336. Biological Illustration Principles
and Techniques. (Same as ArtIS 336.) (0-6) Cr. 3 each time
taken, maximum of 6. F. Prereq: 6 credits in art and design and
3 credits in biological sciences. Studio basics and fundamentals
of traditional biological rendering techniques. Emphasis on tools
BPM I 337. Application of Biological Illustration
Techniques. (Same as ArtIS 337.) (0-6). Cr. 3 each time taken,
maximum of 6. S. Prereq: 336. Rendering techniques applied
to different types of biological subject matter including computer
applications. Term project required.
BPM I 395. Field Illustration. Cr.
1 to 3 each time taken, maximum of 6. S.SS. Prereq: Permission
of instructor. A combination seminar and field trip course emphasizing
nature interpretation, field sketching techniques and preparation
of a final illustration based on field experience.
BPM I 398. Cooperative Education.
Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of the program cooperative
education coordinator, junior classification. Required of all
cooperative education students. Students must register for these
courses prior to commencing each work period.
BPM I 435I. Illustrating Nature I.
Sketching. (Same as Ia LL 435I.) See Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.
BPM I 436I. Illustrating Nature II.
Photography. (Same as Ia LL 436I.) See Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.
BPM I 490. Independent Study. Cr.
1 to 3 each time taken, maximum of 3. Prereq: Written approval
of instructor and advisory committee chair on required form in advance
of semester of enrollment.
BPM I 494. Special Topics
in Illustration. Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. Intensive exploration
of illustration techniques in a studio or field setting.
BPM I 497. Illustration Internship.
Cr. 1 to 6 each time taken, maximum of 6. Prereq: Junior or senior
classification in BPMI, written approval of supervising instructor
and advisory committee chair on required form in advance of semester
of enrollment. Offered on a satisfactory-fail grading basis