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 Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Information Literacy0-1
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
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Biology Program Requirements
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I 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:
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 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:
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 

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1001 FYE: Biological Sciences 1
BIOL 1610 Principles of Biology I meets General Education (Life Sciences) 4
BIOL 1615 Principles of Biology I Lab meets General Education (Lab Science) 1
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I meets General Education (Physical Sciences) 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620 Principles of Biology II 4
BIOL 1625 Principles of Biology II Lab 1
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 1210 Calculus I meets General Education (Mathematics) 4
 Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
PHYS (Required Physics I course/ Lab) meets General Education (Exploration) 5
 Hours17
Spring Semester
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
BIOL 3040 General Ecology 3
BIOL 3045 General Ecology Lab 1
CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences /GLOCUP) 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3150 Biostatistics and the Scientific Method 2
BIOL 3155 Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab 1
BIOL Requirement (Approved Micro course/ Lab) 4
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective) 4
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Elective 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
BIOL Requirement (Physiology course/ Lab) 4
PHYS (Required Physics II course/ Lab) 5
General Elective 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 4910
Senior Seminar I
or Senior Seminar II
1
BIOL Requirement (Organismal course) 3-4
BIOL Elective (Upper-division Biology elective) 4
General Elective (Fine Arts) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours14-15
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 Education (Literature/Humanities / GLOCUP) 3
General Elective(s) 4
 Hours15
 Total Hours120-121