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Biological/Premedical Illustration

300 |400 |

(Interdepartmental Undergraduate Program)

Program Committee: Lynn G. Clark, Chair;
Dean Biechler, John Dorn, Stanley W. Harpole, Steven M. Herrnstadt, Harry Horner, Don Sakaguchi.

Undergraduate Study

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 41 credits in design and 32 credits in the biological sciences. Design courses include: Dsn S 131 and Art 230, ArtIS 233, 308, and 330, BPM I 323, 326, 327, 337, and 497 plus 12 credits chosen from a list of approved upper level courses in art and design. Biological science courses include: LAS 101, Biol 211, 211L, 212, 212L, 255, 256, 351: Biol 356 or 366 or 454, and at least 9 credits chosen from a list of approved biological science courses. Chemistry and Mathematics are also required as supporting courses. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all art and science courses included in the major and must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in both categories. A brochure is available in 102 Catt Hall that gives a detailed listing of the requirements.

Communication Proficiency Requirement. Students must earn a minimum of C in both English 150 and 250 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 (BPM I 497) 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 211, 211L, 212, and 212L. The art and design courses must include BPM I 323 and 337, and an advanced drawing, illustration, electronic media, or painting course. For more information, contact the BPM I adviser in 102 Catt Hall or view the website listed above.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

BPM I 323. Scientific Illustration Principles and Techniques. (Cross-listed with ArtIS). (0-6) Cr. 3. Repeatable. F.Prereq: 6 credits in art and design and 3 credits in biological sciences. Studio basics and professional techniques in black & white, continuous tone, and color. Emphasis on tools, materials, and rendering.

BPM I 326. Illustration and Illustration Software. (Cross-listed with ArtIS). (0-6) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 323. Application of painting, drawing, and image making techniques to communication. Development of technical abilities using illustration software. Digital and print production techniques.

BPM I 327. Illustration as Communication. (Cross-listed with ArtIS). (0-6) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: 326. Studio problems in illustration emphasizing composition and communication. Problem solving methodologies.

BPM I 337. Application of Scientific Illustration Techniques. (Cross-listed with ArtIS). (0-6) Cr. 3. Repeatable. S.Prereq: 327. Rendering techniques applied to different types of biological and scientific subjects emphasizing communication. The use of traditional and digital media. Term project required.

BPM I 395. Field Illustration. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. 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. (Cross-listed with Ia LL). Cr. 2. SS.Sketching plants, animals and terrain. Visual communication, development of a personal style, and integration of typographic and visual elements on a page will be emphasized.

BPM I 436I. Illustrating Nature II Photography. (Cross-listed with Ia LL). Cr. 2. SS.Beginning to intermediate technical and compositional aspects of color photography of natural areas and their plants and animals.

BPM I 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.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. 1-3. Repeatable.Intensive exploration of illustration techniques in a studio or field setting.

BPM I 497. Illustration Internship. Cr. 1-6. Repeatable.Prereq: Junior or senior classification in BPM I, written approval of supervising instructor and advisory committee chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment. Satisfactory-fail only.