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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Biology (B.A.)


Biology Department

Bachelor of Arts (HEGIS 0401)

Science Building 261 (716) 878-5203

The B.A. degree program in the biological sciences prepares students for several options, including various employment opportunities at the bachelor’s degree level, and entrance to graduate or professional schools.

A departmental honors program is also available. Students should contact the department for additional information.

BIO 111 Introduction to Biology is the required initial biology course in the program. Students must earn a C or better in BIO 111 to take more advanced biology courses.

Academic Performance Policy: Students who have a GPA of less than 2.0 in BIO-prefixed courses required for the major at the end of a semester will be placed on departmental probation. Students will then have two semesters to raise their GPA to a 2.0 or greater in BIO-prefixed required courses or they will be dismissed from the department.

Intellectual Foundations Requirements

37-43 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Biology

43-44 cr

A. Required Courses (16 cr)

BIO 111

Introduction to Biology (4)

BIO 212

Introduction to Organismal Biology and Diversity (4)

BIO 213

Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (4)

BIO 214

Introduction to Cell Biology (4)

B. Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete one of the following concentrations:

Integrative Biology Concentration (27 cr)

BIO 303

Genetics (4)

BIO 405


One of BIO 314 Advanced Cell Biology (4), BIO 315 Ecology (4) or BIO 430 Stream Ecology (4)

Elective biology courses (300-400 level, except BIO 308-BIO 309) selected by advisement (16 cr)

Aquatic Biology Concentration (27 cr)

BIO 300

Biostatistics (4)

BIO 315

Ecology (4)

BIO 325

Ichthyology (4)

BIO 418

Limnology (4)

BIO 429

Fisheries Biology (4)

BIO 430

Stream Ecology (4)

BIO 488

Internship in Aquatic Biology

Biotechnology Concentration (26–27 cr)

BIO 303

Genetics (4)

BIO 314

Advanced Cell Biology (4)

BIO 316

General Microbiology (4)

BIO 405

Organic Evolution

BIO 450

Recombinant DNA Technology (4)

Select one course from the following (3–4 cr):

BIO 301

Cell Physiology (4)

BIO 305

Molecular Biology (4)

BIO 350

Genes in Populations (4)

BIO 402

Comparative Animal Physiology (4)

BIO 408

Plant Physiology (4)

CHE 470


Elective biology course (300-400 level, except BIO 308-BIO 309) selected by advisement (4 cr)

Total Required Credit Hours in Other Fields

8–18 cr

CHE 111,

Fundamentals of Chemistry I (4)

CHE 112 and
CHE 114

Fundamentals of Chemistry II with Laboratory (3, 1)

CHE 201, CHE 203

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory (3,1)

CHE 202

Organic Chemistry II

Note: CHE 111, CHE 112 and CHE 114 are required of all Biology B.A. students. CHE 201 and CHE 203 are required of students completing the biotechnology concentration; CHE 202 is required of biotechnology students who choose to take CHE 470.

Recommended Courses in Related Fields

CHE 202, CHE 203, CHE 204, PHY 107/PHY 108 or PHY 111/PHY 112, MAT 126

All College Electives

25-39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours

120 cr

Academic Road Map for Biology, B.A. - Aquatic Biology Concentration

Academic Road Map for Biology, B.A. - Integrative Biology Concentration

Academic Road Map for Biology, B.A. - Biotechnology Concentration

Student Learning Outcomes for Biology, B.A.

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Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies