Biology - Biological Sciences Emphasis, BS

  

Program Description

This B.S. Biology emphasis is designed for students interested in graduate school and seeking a career in research or academia. Students can cater their studies in this degree in multiple areas of biology including, molecular, biochemical, physiological, evolutionary and organismal. It is also the best option for students looking to apply to Veterinary school.


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 I (MA)4
Complete one (1) of the following series of courses:
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
PHYS 2020
PHYS 2025
College Physics I (PS)
and College Physics I Lab (LAB)
and College Physics II
and College Physics II Lab
10
or PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (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 3155Scientific Method and Experimental Design1
MATH 3060Statistics for Scientists3
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
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
Complete the following seminar course:
BIOL 4910Senior Seminar1
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, and/or BIOL 4890R, and/or BIOL 4930R may be used toward Biology requirements.

Graduation Plan - MATH 1210

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)
5
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
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 (MA) 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
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 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 3450
BIOL 3455
General Microbiology
or Eukaryotic Cell Biology and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
4
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I (PS) (meets GE Exploration requirement)
or Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS) and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
5
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Elective 2
 Hours14
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 Upper Division Elective 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 Upper Division Elective 4
MATH 3060 Statistics for Scientists 3
Upper Division Elective(s) 4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL electives 5
BIOL 4910 Senior Seminar 1
General Elective(s) 9
BIOL 3155 Scientific Method and Experimental Design 1
 Hours16
 Total Hours120

Graduation Plan - MATH 1010

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1010 Intermediate Algebra 4
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Hours19
Spring Semester
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA) 4
General Education (Social & Behavioral Science) 3
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
MATH 1060 Trigonometry (MA) 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
MATH 1210 Calculus I (MA) 4
General Education (American Institutions) 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I (PS)
and College Physics I Lab (LAB)
5
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
CHEM 2320
CHEM 2325
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
PHYS 2020
PHYS 2025
College Physics II
and College Physics II Lab
5
Organismal Course 4
 Hours14
4th Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 4500
BIOL 4505
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
and Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 3450
BIOL 3455
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
Upper Division BIOL Elective 3
General Education (Lit / Humanities) 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
Upper Division BIOL Elective 3
MATH 3060 Statistics for Scientists 3
BIOL 3155 Scientific Method and Experimental Design 1
BIOL 4910 Senior Seminar 1
Upper Division BIOL Elective 3
Upper Division BIOL Elective 3
 Hours14
 Total Hours120

Biological Sciences Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the foundational concepts of biology including cellular, organismic, ecological, and evolutionary biology.
  2. Evaluate hypotheses, design research, test hypotheses, conduct data analysis, and draw conclusions on biology related problems.
  3. Integrate knowledge of scientific literacy in oral and written assignments when communicating biological topics.
  4. Evaluate information to discriminate between science and non-science.
  5. Develop an understanding of why science is an integral activity for addressing social and environmental problems.