Bachelor of Science in Biology - Biological Sciences Emphasis

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 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
Mathematics & Physical Science 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 (1) of the following series of courses:
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
PHYS 2020
PHYS 2025
College Physics I
and College Physics I Lab
and College Physics II
and College Physics II Lab
10
or PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists Engineers I
and Physics/Scientists Engineers Lab
and Physics/Scientists EngineersII
and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab
Additional Biology Requirements
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 (1) of the following sets of courses:
BIOL 3450
BIOL 3455
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
or BIOL 3550
BIOL 3555
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
Complete one (1) of the following series of courses:
BIOL 4500
BIOL 4505
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
and Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
4
or BIOL 4600
BIOL 4605
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
Complete one (1) of the following sets of courses:
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
Virology
Herpetology
and Herpetology Lab
Ichthyology
and Ichthyology Lab
Marine Biology
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
Ornithology
and Ornithology Lab
Mammalogy
and Mammalogy Lab
General Entomology
and General Entomology Lab
Complete one (1) of the following seminar courses:
BIOL 4910Senior Seminar I1
or BIOL 4920 Senior Seminar II
Biology Electives
Complete 12 credits of upper-division BIOL coursework not already used to fulfill another requirement. Courses from the following list may also be used to fulfill this requirement:12
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry II Lab

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
First Year Recommended Elective 2
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB) ( meets General Education (Life Sciences & Lab Science))
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
MATH 1210 Calculus I ( meets General Education (Mathematics)) 4
 Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I
or Physics/Scientists Engineers I and Physics/Scientists Engineers Lab
5
General Elective 1
 Hours15
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 3150
BIOL 3155
Biostatistics and the Scientific Method
and Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab
3
BIOL 3450
BIOL 3455
General Microbiology
or Eukaryotic Cell Biology and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
4
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Elective 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
PHYS 2020
PHYS 2025
College Physics II
or College Physics II and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab
5
BIOL organismal course / Lab 4
BIOL elective / Lab 4
General Education (Literature / Humanities) 3
 Hours16
4th Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 4500
BIOL 4505
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
or Plant Physiology and Plant Physiology Lab
4
BIOL elective 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Elective(s) 5
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 4920 Senior Seminar II 1
BIOL electives 5
General Elective(s) 9
 Hours15
 Total Hours120