Bachelor of Science in Biology - Natural Sciences Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science in Biology - Natural Sciences Emphasis degree has six basic components:

  1. General Education and Institutional Requirements (some may also be included in program requirements)
  2. Biology core requirements
  3. Mathematics & Physical Science requirements
  4. Additional Biology requirements
  5. Biology electives requirements
  6. 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 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
Mathematics & Physical Science 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
ENVS 1010Intro to Environmental Science3
GEO 1010
GEO 1115
Introduction to Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
4
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics3-4
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus
PHYS 1010
PHYS 1015
Elementary Physics
and Elementary Physics Lab
4-5
or PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I
and College Physics I Lab
Complete one (1) additional Physical Sciences (CHEM, ENVS, GEO, PHYS, GEOG 1000/05, GEOG 1020/25) course not used to fill another requirement.
Additional Biology Requirements
BIOL 2400
BIOL 2405
Plant Kingdom
and Plant Kingdom Lab
4
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 3110Scientific Writing2
Complete three (3) of the following sets of courses:
BIOL 3200
BIOL 3205
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
4
BIOL 3340
BIOL 3345
Plant Anatomy
and Plant Anatomy 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 4350
BIOL 4355
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
4
BIOL 4380
BIOL 4385
Ornithology
and Ornithology Lab
3
BIOL 4460
BIOL 4465
Plant Ecology
and Plant Ecology Lab
3
BIOL 4411
BIOL 4415
Mammalogy
and Mammalogy Lab
4
BIOL 4440
BIOL 4445
General Entomology
and General Entomology Lab
4
BIOL 4600
BIOL 4605
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 4910Senior Seminar I1
or BIOL 4920 Senior Seminar II
Biology Electives
Complete 12 credits from the following or from any upper-division BIOL course listed above not already used to fulfill a requirement.
BIOL 3100Bioethics3
BIOL 3150
BIOL 3155
Biostatistics and the Scientific Method
and Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab
3
BIOL 3140
BIOL 3145
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
4
BIOL 3250Cancer Biology2
BIOL 3340
BIOL 3345
Plant Anatomy
and Plant Anatomy Lab
4
BIOL 3360Developmental Biology3
BIOL 3450
BIOL 3455
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 3460Biology of Infectious Disease3
BIOL 3470Introduction to Immunology3
BIOL 3550
BIOL 3555
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
4
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 4500
BIOL 4505
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
and Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 4810RIndependent Research I1-4
or BIOL 4820R Independent Research II
or BIOL 4830R Independent Research III
BIOL 4930RSenior Thesis1-4
GEOG 3600
GEOG 3605
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
4

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
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab meets General Education (Life Sciences and Lab Science)
5
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
Elem General/Organic Chemistry meets General Education (Physical Sciences)
or Principles of Chemistry II and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
Elem Organic / Bio Chemistry
and Elem Organic/Bio Chemistry Lab
5
MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus meets General Education (Mathematics) 4
General Elective 1
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2400
BIOL 2405
Plant Kingdom
and Plant Kingdom Lab
4
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
General Elective 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
ENVS 1010 Intro to Environmental Science 3
PHYS 1010
PHYS 1015
Elementary Physics
and Elementary Physics Lab
4
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
General Elective 2
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
Biology organismal course #1 4
Biology upper-division plant course 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Elective 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL electives 3
BIOL organismal course #2 4
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
Additional Physical Sciences course 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
4th Year
Fall Semester
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
4
BIOL electives 4
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
General Elective 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 4920 Senior Seminar II 1
BIOL electives 5
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
General Education (Literature / Humanities) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120