Biology

Overview

A minor in Biology will supply students with a basic knowledge of cell structure, biological chemistry, plant and animal systems, and ecology. As a requirement for the minor, students will participate in labs that will enhance their understanding of real-world application through hands-on demonstrations.

Courses

Below is a list of courses that are required to earn a minor in Biology. Take a look at the list below to help give you an idea of classes within this program. Be sure to review the official requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Required Courses

BIO 101 General Biology I and Lab     Credit Hours: 4
The first part of this class is a lecture course that covers an introduction to the general concepts that form our current understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of life. Emphasis will be given to chemical concepts and to structure and function of the cell, its metabolism, its DNA and chromosome structure, and of the mechanism of heredity, basic recombinant DNA technology, gene regulation, molecular genetics, transcription, and translation. The second part of this class is a laboratory course, with emphasis placed on basic biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, energy transformation, genetics, and microscope techniques.

Note: Students failing to earn course credit for the lecture must retake that course in the next semester or term for which the student registers until course credit is earned. 

BIO 102 General Biology II and Lab     Credit Hours: 4
The first part of this class is a lecture course that covers the diversity of life, plant and animal form and structure, animal systems, and ecology. The second part of this class is a laboratory course with emphasis placed on organisms, biodiversity, plant and animal systems, ecology, and microscope observations and dissections. This course is a requirement for all biology majors.
Prerequisite: BIO 101L, or instructor approval

Note: Students failing to earn course credit for the lecture must retake that course in the next
semester or term for which the student registers until course credit is earned.

You may choose 1 of any 200-level BIO courses. Must complete 3-4 credit hours total to satisfy the electives requirement.

You may choose 1 of any 300-level BIO courses. Must complete 4 credit hours total to satisfy the electives requirement.

BIO 410 Genetics    Credit Hours: 4
This course is a study of the principles of genetics or heredity, including classical and molecular genetics.
Prerequisite: BIO 203 or instructor approval

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