Biology - Genetics and Evolution

Bachelor of Science - Biology; Genetics and Evolution Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 70

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: The Genetics and Evolution Concentration is for students interested in genetics and evolutionary biology, including molecular genetics, population genetics, ecological genetics, and genomics. This concentration is a graduate prep program, and is for students interested in academia or research jobs in private or government laboratories. It is also an excellent concentration for students interested in a professional health program such as medical school or a genetic counseling graduate program.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Biology/Microbiology Lower Division Core17
Upper Division Core Courses Required by the Genetics & Evolution Concentration11
Additional UD Major Courses Required for the Genetics & Evolution Concentration16-22
Genetics/Evolution Depth Courses
Physiology Requirement
Required Courses Outside of the Major26-42
Mathematics - Calculus
Mathematics - Statistics
Upper Division Writing Expectation for the Major3-8
Total Hours73-100

Biology/Microbiology Lower Division Core

Rule: All of the following courses are required.

Note: The lower division core should be completed before attempting most upper division major courses.

AP Biology credit may be substituted for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrncpls of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 170NPrincpls Biological Diversity3
BIOB 171NPrincpls Biological Dvrsty Lab2
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Core Courses Required by the Genetics & Evolution Concentration

Rule: All of the following courses are required.

BIOB 375General Genetics3
BIOB 486Genomics3
BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOE 371Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)2
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional UD Major Courses Required for the Genetics & Evolution Concentration

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Note: If introductory chemistry is completed, then BCH 380 must be taken. Either BCH 380 or BCH 480-BCH 482 may be taken if the advanced chemistry sequence is completed.
Select one of the following:4-6
Advanced Biochemistry I
and Advanced Biochemistry II
Total Hours4-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Genetics/Evolution Depth Courses

Select at least three of the following:9-12
Conservation Genetics
Phylogenics and Evolution
Programming for Biology
Vert Design & Evolution
Behavior & Evolution
Plant Evolution
Microbial Genetics
Microbial Dvrsty Eclgy & Evltn
Computational Biology
Total Hours9-12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physiology Requirement

Select at least one of the following (labs must be taken if available):3-4
Adv Cell & Molecular Biology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Microbial Physiology
and Microbial Physiology Lab
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Required Courses Outside of the Major

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Calculus

Rule: Complete one of the following calculus courses

Note: Choose M 171 if you plan to take additional calculus courses, or if you plan a double major or minor in a field that requires more calculus (e.g. math, physics, biochemistry, computer science).

M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
Total Hours4

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

Select either one semester or a full year of statistics from the following:4-8
One Semester:
Introduction to Statistics
Full Year:
Statistical Methods I
and Statistical Methods II
Computer Data Analysis I
and Computer Data Analysis II
Total Hours4-8

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Select either one or two years of chemistry from the following:8-20
One Year:
Introduction to General Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab
Two Years:
College Chemistry I
College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
College Chemistry II Lab
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
Total Hours8-20

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Rule: All of the following courses are required

Select one of the following physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: Complete the equivalent of a full writing course (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 2/3 writing course + one 1/3 writing course or one complete writing course)

Note: To meet the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Biology students take 2 or 3 partial writing courses (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 1/3 writing course and one 2/3 writing course) or one complete writing course. The Genetics & Evolution concentration requires one 2/3 writing course: BIOE 371. The Advanced College Writing Requirement is completed with one additional course, chosen from any of the following.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

1/3 Advanced Writing Courses

BCH 482Advanced Biochemistry II3
BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 425Adv Cell & Molecular Biology3
BIOB 483Phylogenics and Evolution3
BIOE 403Vert Design & Evolution5
BIOE 409Behavior & Evolution Discussion1
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology5
BIOL 484Plant Evolution3
BIOM 402Medical Bacteriology& Mycology3
BIOO 320General Botany5
BIOO 434Plant Physiology Lab1
BIOO 470Ornithology4
BIOO 475Mammalogy4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

BCH 486Biochemistry Research Lab3
BCH 499Senior Thesis/Capstone3-6
BIOB 411Immunology Laboratory2
BIOB 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6
BIOE 342Field Ecology5
BIOE 371Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)2
BIOM 411Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab1
BIOM 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Complete Advanced Writing Course

BIOH 462Principles Medical Physiology3

Exception to the Modern/Classical Languages Requirement

Rule: Choose one of the following Math courses

Note: The Division of Biological Sciences has been granted an exception to the Modern/Classical Language Requirement. Either of these Calculus courses (required by the major) will satisfy this requirement.

M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-