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2009-2011 Courses and Programs

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Curriculum in Biology

Administered by the Departments of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology; and Genetics, Development and Cell Biology.

Typical Program for the First Year
Cr. Degree Requirements

12.5

Interpersonal and public communication skills
Engl 150, 250; one advanced writing course chosen from Engl 302 through 316, or JLMC 347; oral communication Sp Cm 212; Lib 160

11 Mathematics
11credits of Math or Statistics, to include one semester each of Calculus and Statistics.
25 Physical sciences
Phys 111 and 112, or 221 and 222; Chem 163, 163L; 164, 164L; 231, 231L; 211, 211L or 177, 177L; 178, 178L; 331, 331L; 332, 332L
23.5 Biological sciences core
Biol 110, 111, 211, 211L; 212, 212L, 312, 313, 313L, 314, 314L, 315
20 Advanced biology courses
20 credits in approved biology courses numbered 300 and above from department-approved list; minimum of two laboratory or field courses must be included. Note: 17 credits required when a minor in an approved area is completed.
15 Humanities and social science
3 cr. in humanities, social sciences, ethics, international perspectives and U.S. diversity chosen from an approved list. The environmental intensive requirement is met by the core requirement of 312.
13-16 Free electives
120 Total credits

Typical Program for the First Year
Cr. Fall
R Orientation in Biology: Biol 110
3 Critical Thinking and Communication: Engl 150
5 General Chemistry:Chem 163, 163L; or 177, 177L
4 Mathematics or Statistics: Math 165 or 181; or Stat 101 or 104
4 Principles of Biology: Biol 211, 211L
Cr. Spring
0.5 Opportunities in Biology: Biol 111
3 First-Year Composition: Engl 105
4 General Chemistry: Chem 164, 164L; or 178, 178L
4 Mathematics: Math 182 or 166; Stat 101/104
4 Principles of Biology: Biol 212, 212L
0.5 Library: Lib 160
3-6 Elective