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The Biology Program:
Academic Requirements and Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts (BA) | Bachelor of Science (BS) | Concentrations

Biology Concentrations
Concentrations allow students to focus their coursework in any of several areas of study. They are available to students pursuing either a BA or a BS in biology, but are not required for either degree. Courses required for the concentration are completed in the course of, or in addition to, satisfying the requirements for the BA or BS in biology. Concentrations require a senior project in the general subject area of the concentration, as well as specific coursework.

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Evolutionary and Behavioral Biology
Bioresearch Technology
Marine Biology and Ecology
Genetics
Microscopy and Imaging
Biochemistry (also open to chemistry majors)

Cellular and Molecular Biology:

  1. BIO 3530/Cell Biology
  2. BIO 4620/Molecular Biology
  3. Two courses from the following list:
    BIO 3170/Developmental Biology
    BIO 3250/Animal Physiology
    BIO 3360/Microbiology
    BIO 4560/Immunology
    BIO 4650/Transmission Electron Microscopy and Cell Ultrastructure
    BIO 4770/Scanning Electron Microscopy and Digital Imaging
    CHE 4610/Biochemistry
  4. Senior project in the general subject area of cellular and molecular biology

Evolutionary and Behavioral Biology:

  1. BIO 3160/Genetics
  2. BIO 4720/Evolution
  3. ENV 3820/Animal Behavior
  4. Two courses from the following list:
    BIO 3250/Animal Physiology
    BIO 3360/Microbiology
    BIO 3430/Vertebrate Zoology
    BIO 3440/Invertebrate Zoology
    BIO 4760/Behavior Genetics
    CHE 4610/Biochemistry
    ENV 3120/General Ecology
    PSY 3660/Physiological Psychology
  5. Senior project in the general subject area of evolutionary and behavioral biology

Bioresearch Technology:
For students interested in a technical career in industrial, clinical, and research laboratories; provides focused training and acquisition of technical skills.

  1. BIO 3160/Genetics
  2. BIO 3360/Microbiology
  3. One of the following courses:
    BIO 4560/Immunology
    BIO 4620/Molecular Biology
    CHE 4610/Biochemistry
  4. BIO 4650/Transmission Electron Microscopy, or
    BIO 4770/Scanning Electron Microscopy and Digital Imaging
  5. One of the following courses:
    CHE 3150/Chemical Instrumentation and Analytical Methods
    CHE 4610/Biochemistry
  6. Senior project involving sophisticated laboratory skills and techniques
     
    BS students may be waived from the requirement of a second math course.

Marine Biology and Ecology:

  1. One of the following courses:
    BIO 3360/Microbiology
    BIO 3430/Vertebrate Zoology
    BIO 3440/Invertebrate Zoology
  2. ENV 4460/Marine Ecology
  3. One field course at a marine laboratory (e.g., Shoals Marine Laboratory)
  4. Senior project in the general subject area of marine biology

Genetics:

  1. BIO 3160/Genetics
  2. BIO 4620/Molecular Biology
  3. Two courses from the following list:
    BIO 3170/Developmental Biology
    BIO 3360/Microbiology
    BIO 4720/Evolution
    BIO 4760/Behavior Genetics
    CHE 4610/Biochemistry
  4. Senior project in the general subject area of genetics

Microscopy and Imaging:

  1. BIO 3360/Microbiology
  2. BIO 3530/Cell Biology
  3. BIO 4650/Transmission Electron Microscopy and Cell Ultrastructure
  4. BIO 4770/Scanning Electron Microscopy and Digital Imaging
  5. Senior project involving microscopy and imaging techniques

Biochemistry:

  1. CHE 4610/Biochemistry
  2. BIO 4620/Molecular Biology
  3. Two courses from the following list:
    BIO 3360/Microbiology
    BIO 3530/Cell Biology
    CHE 3150/Chemical Instrumentation and Analytical Methods
  4. Senior project in the general subject area of biochemistry

Updated Feb. 18, 2013

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