Biology - Natural Sciences Emphasis, BS

  

Program Description

The B.S. Biology Natural Science emphasis is designed for students seeking a career in Organismal or Field Biology. This includes careers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Services, Fish and Game, National Parks Services, State Parks, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Local Governments.


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
BIOL 4910Senior Seminar1
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
ENVS 1210
ENVS 1215
Introduction to Environmental Science
and Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
4
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
4
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3-4
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
PHYS 1010
PHYS 1015
Elementary Physics (PS)
and Elementary Physics Lab (LAB)
4-5
or PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I (PS)
and College Physics I Lab (LAB)
Additional Biology Requirements
BIOL 2400
BIOL 2405
Plant Kingdom (LS, ALPP)
and Plant Kingdom Lab (LAB, ALPP)
4
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 3110Scientific Writing2
Complete three (3) of the following sets of courses:
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
Plant Anatomy
and Plant Anatomy Lab
Plant Taxonomy (ALPP)
and Plant Taxonomy Lab (ALPP)
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
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
Biology Electives
Complete 12 credits from the following or from any upper-division BIOL course listed above not already used to fulfill a requirement.
Bioethics
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
Statistics for Scientists
and Scientific Method and Experimental Design
Cancer Biology
Plant Anatomy
and Plant Anatomy Lab
Developmental Biology
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
Mammalian Histology
and Mammalian Histology Lab
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
and Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
Independent Research
Senior Thesis
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory

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

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
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
or Principles of Chemistry II and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
SSC 1010 Trailblazer Connections 2
 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 (MA) 4
 Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2400
BIOL 2405
Plant Kingdom (LS, ALPP)
and Plant Kingdom Lab (LAB, ALPP) (meets GE Exploration requirement)
4
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
BIOL 3110 Scientific Writing 2
PHYS 1010
PHYS 1015
Elementary Physics (PS)
and Elementary Physics Lab (LAB)
4
ENVS 1210
ENVS 1215
Introduction to Environmental Science
and Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
4
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
Biology organismal course #1 4
Biology organismal course #2 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Elective 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL electives 3
BIOL organismal course #3 4
Additional Physical Sciences course 3
General Elective(s) 6
 Hours16
4th Year
Fall Semester
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
4
BIOL electives 4
General Education (American Institutions) 3
Upper Division Electives 4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL electives 5
BIOL 4910 Senior Seminar 1
General Education (Literature / Humanities) 3
Upper Division Electives 6
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Natural 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.