B.S. Biology

Photo of wild grassBiology is the study of all living things – how they reproduce, grow, and evolve and how they relate to each other and to their environment. Biologists examine the chemical and cellular basis of life and life's many levels of organization, from molecular to ecosystem. They also study inheritance, molecular genetics, the biology of populations, behavior, the flow of energy in living systems, and evolutionary and ecological relationships.

Bachelor of Science in Biology: Major Requirements

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Degree Plan for Bachelor of Science in Biology

First Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI]: Intro Biology: Organismal Biology

4

BIOLOGY 107 [B]: Cell Biology and Genetics

4

CHEM 105 [PSCI]: Principles of Chemistry I1

4

CHEM 106 [PSCI]: Principles of Chemistry II

4

ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]: Intro Writing

3

MATH 140 [QUAN]: Calculus for Life Scientists

4

HISTORY 105 [ROOT]: The Roots of Contemporary Issues

3

Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]

3

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

14

Total Credits

15

 

Second Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

BIOLOGY/MBIOS 301: Genetics

4

Inquiry in the Humanities [HUM]

3

CHEMISTRY 345: Organic Chemistry I

4

Biology Elective2 3

3

STAT 212 [QUAN]: Intro to Statistical Methods or PSYCH 311: Elementary Statistics in Psychology

4


Inquiry in the Social Sciences [SSCI]

3

Diversity [DIVR]

3

MBIOS 303: Introductory Biochemistry

4

 

 

Inquiry in the Arts [ARTS]

3

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

16

 

Third Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

BIOLOGY 372 [M]: General Ecology

4

General elective

4

Additional [SSCI], [HUM], or [ARTS]

3

Biology elective

4

PHYSICS 101 [PSCI]: General Physics I or PHYSICS 201 [PSCI]: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYSICS 102 [PSCI]: General Physics II or PHYSICS 202 [PSCI]: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

General elective4

4

Integrative and Applie Learning [CAPS]

3

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

15

 

Fourth Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

Foreign languages

4

Foreign language

4

Biology elective

3

General elective

4

MBIOS 401: Cell Biology

3

BIOLOGY 403: Evolutionary Biology

3

General Electives

4

Writing in the Major [M]

4

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

15

 


1Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 106 required

2The BS in Biology requires the completion of 14 credits of approved biology electives. Courses that fulfill this requirement include any 300- or 400-level course with the prefix BIOLOGY or MBIOS. It is recommended to select courses tailored toward long-term academic and professional goals. Courses with certain other prefixes may also count in this category; see your advisor for details.

3Biology electives must include one Writing in the Major [M] course.

4At least one general elective must be 300- or 400-level to meet total upper division requirement if STAT 212 is taken instead of PSYCH 311. General electives may be tailored to meet requirements for a minor or certificate or may be courses of general interest.

5Foreign Language: Each major must complete 8 hours in a modern foreign language unless he/she has completed two years in high school (or one year in high school and 4 hours of the same language at WSU Vancouver). Substitute with electives if the foreign language requirement was met in high school.

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