Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree has five basic components:

  1. General Education and Institutional Requirements (some may also be included in program requirements)
  2. Biology program requirements in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics
  3. Biology major core courses
  4. Upper-division Biology elective courses
  5. Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to meet Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy Course(s)0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English GE Courses3-7
Information Literacy GE Course0-1
Mathematics GE course3-5
American Institutions GE course(s)3-6
Life Sciences GE course(s)3-10
Physical Sciences GE course(s)3-5
Laboratory Science GE course0-1
Fine Arts GE course3
Literature/Humanities GE course3
Social & Behavioral Sciences GE course3
Exploration GE course3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Biology Program Requirements
CHEM 1210Principles of Chemistry I4
CHEM 1215Principles of Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 1220Principles of Chemistry II4
CHEM 1225Principles of Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 2310Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2315Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 2320Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II Lab1
MATH 1210Calculus I5
Complete one of the following series of courses:
Series 1:
PHYS 2010
  & PHYS 2015
College Physics I
   and College Physics I Lab
5
PHYS 2020
  & PHYS 2025
College Physics II
   and College Physics II Lab
5
Series 2:
PHYS 2210
  & PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I
   and Physics/Scientists Engineers Lab
5
PHYS 2220
  & PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists EngineersII
   and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab
5
Biology Core Requirements
BIOL 1610
  & BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I
   and Principles of Biology I Lab
5
BIOL 1620
  & BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
   and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics4
BIOL 3040General Ecology3
BIOL 3045General Ecology Lab1
BIOL 3150Biostatistics and the Scientific Method2
BIOL 3155Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab1
Complete one of the following sets of courses:
BIOL 3450
  & BIOL 3455
General Microbiology
   and General Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 3550
  & BIOL 3555
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
   and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
4
Complete one of the following:
BIOL 4910Senior Seminar I1
BIOL 4920Senior Seminar II1
Biology Electives
Complete one of the following sets of courses:
BIOL 4500
  & BIOL 4505
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
   and Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 4600
  & BIOL 4605
Plant Physiology
   and Plant Physiology Lab
4
Complete one of the following courses or sets of courses:
BIOL 3200
  & BIOL 3205
Invertebrate Zoology
   and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
4
BIOL 4200
  & BIOL 4205
Plant Taxonomy
   and Plant Taxonomy Lab
4
BIOL 4230
  & BIOL 4235
General Parasitology
   and General Parasitology Lab
4
BIOL 4260
  & BIOL 4265
Herpetology
   and Herpetology Lab
3
BIOL 4270
  & BIOL 4275
Ichthyology
   and Ichthyology Lab
3
BIOL 4280Marine Biology3
BIOL 4380
  & BIOL 4385
Ornithology
   and Ornithology Lab
3
BIOL 4411
  & BIOL 4415
Mammalogy
   and Mammalogy Lab
4
BIOL 4440
  & BIOL 4445
General Entomology
   and General Entomology Lab
4
Complete 14-15 credits from the following or from any upper-division BIOL course listed above not already used to fulfill a requirement:
BIOL 3000RRural Health Scholars (2 cr. max.)1
BIOL 3100Bioethics3
BIOL 3110Scientific Writing2
BIOL 3140
  & BIOL 3145
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
   and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
4
BIOL 3230RCadaver Practicum2
BIOL 3250Cancer Biology2
BIOL 3340
  & BIOL 3345
Plant Anatomy
   and Plant Anatomy Lab
4
BIOL 3360Developmental Biology3
BIOL 3460Biology of Infectious Disease3
BIOL 3470Introduction to Immunology3
BIOL 4190
  & BIOL 4195
Mammalian Histology
   and Mammalian Histology Lab
4
BIOL 4240
  & BIOL 4245
Virology
   and Virology Lab
4
BIOL 4300
  & BIOL 4305
Molecular Biology
   and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4350
  & BIOL 4355
Animal Behavior
   and Animal Behavior Lab
4
BIOL 4400Pathophysiology3
BIOL 4460
  & BIOL 4465
Plant Ecology
   and Plant Ecology Lab
3
BIOL 4810RIndependent Research I1-4
BIOL 4820RIndependent Research II1-4
BIOL 4830RIndependent Research III1-4
BIOL 4930RSenior Thesis1-4

Note:

A course may only be used to fulfill one program requirement.

Advising Note:

Pre-health professionals should complete CHEM 3510 Biochemistry I and a diversity course.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher required (not C-) in each Program Requirement, Core Discipline Requirement, and Biology Elective Requirement course.
  6. Maximum 6 total credits of BIOL 4810R, BIOL 4820R, BIOL 4830R, and/or BIOL 4930R may be used toward Biology requirements.

Graduation Plan 

1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1001FYE: Biological Sciences1
BIOL 1610Principles of Biology I4
BIOL 1615Principles of Biology I Lab1
CHEM 1210Principles of Chemistry I4
CHEM 1215Principles of Chemistry I Lab1
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620Principles of Biology II4
BIOL 1625Principles of Biology II Lab1
CHEM 1220Principles of Chemistry II4
CHEM 1225Principles of Chemistry II Lab1
MATH 1210Calculus I5
 Term Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics4
CHEM 2310Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2315Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
PHYS (Required Physics I course/ Lab [GE Exploration])5
 Term Hours17
Spring Semester
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3040General Ecology3
BIOL 3045General Ecology Lab1
CHEM 2320Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II Lab1
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences [GLOCUP])3
 Term Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3150Biostatistics and the Scientific Method2
BIOL 3155Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab1
BIOL Requirement (Approved Micro course/ Lab)4
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective)4
General Education (American Institutions)3
Elective ( Any course)1
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL Requirement (Physiology course/ Lab)4
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
PHYS (Required PHysics II course/ Lab)5
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 4910
or 4920
Senior Seminar I
Senior Seminar II
1
BIOL Requirement (Organismal course)3-4
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective)4
General Elective (Fine Arts)3
Elective (Any course)3
 Term Hours14-15
Spring Semester
BIOL 4910
or 4920
Senior Seminar I
Senior Seminar II
1
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective)4
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective)3
General Education (Literatures/Humanities [GLOCUP])3
Elective (Any course(s))3-4
 Term Hours14-15
Total Hour: 120-122