Bachelor of Science in Biology

Program Curriculum 

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education 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.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Biology Program Requirements

CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 2320
CHEM 2325
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
MATH 1210Calculus I4
Complete one of the following series of courses:10
Series 1:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Lab
College Physics II
and College Physics II Lab
Series 2:
Physics/Scientists Engineers I
and Physics/Scientists Engineers Lab
Physics/Scientists EngineersII
and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab

 Biology Core Requirements

BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics4
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 3150
BIOL 3155
Biostatistics and the Scientific Method
and Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab
3
Complete one of the following sets of courses:
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
Complete one of the following courses:
Senior Seminar I
Senior Seminar II

Biology Elective Requirements 

Complete one of the following sets of courses:
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
and Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
Complete one of the following courses or sets of courses:
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
Plant Taxonomy
and Plant Taxonomy Lab
Herpetology
and Herpetology Lab
Ichthyology
and Ichthyology Lab
Marine Biology
Ornithology
and Ornithology Lab
Mammalogy
and Mammalogy Lab
General Entomology
and General Entomology Lab
Complete 14-15 credits from the following or from any upper-division BIOL course listed above not already used to fulfill a requirement:
Rural Health Scholars (2 cr. max.)
Bioethics
Scientific Writing
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
Cadaver Practicum
Cancer Biology
Plant Anatomy
and Plant Anatomy Lab
Developmental Biology
Mammalian Histology
and Mammalian Histology Lab
Virology
and Virology Lab
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
Pathophysiology
Plant Ecology
and Plant Ecology Lab
Independent Research I
Independent Research II
Independent Research III
Senior Thesis

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 

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
SSC 1010 Trailblazer Connections 2
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB) ( meets General Education (Life Sciences))
5
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB) ( meets General Education (Physical Sciences))
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
 Hours13
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
MATH 1210 Calculus I 4
 Hours16
Spring Semester
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
CHEM 2320
CHEM 2325
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL Requirement (Approved Micro course/ Lab) 4
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective) 4
PHYS (Required Physics I course/ Lab) meets General Education (Exploration) 5
General Education (American Institutions) 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
BIOL 3150
BIOL 3155
Biostatistics and the Scientific Method
and Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab
3
PHYS (Required Physics II course/ Lab) 5
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours14
4th Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 4910
Senior Seminar I
or Senior Seminar II
1
BIOL Requirement (Organismal course) 4
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective) 4
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 4910
Senior Seminar I
or Senior Seminar II
1
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective) 4
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective) 3
General Elective(s) 4
General Elective(s) 4
 Hours16
 Total Hours120