Biology B.A. - Natural History

Bachelor of Arts - Biology; Natural History Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 75

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

Note: The Natural History concentration is designed for students who seek an interdisciplinary science program. This concentration is not research-oriented and is not considered a preparatory program for traditional research-based graduate programs. It is, however, designed for students seeking careers in environmental education, science writing or illustration, natural history or wildlife film-making, or natural history centers or museums. There is enough latitude in the requirements to allow for a minor or even a double major in a related field of interest (e.g. journalism, art, media arts, etc.).

General Education Requirements

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

Summary

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

17

Upper-Division Core Courses Required by Natural History Concentration

24

Required Courses Outside of the Major

34

Chemistry and Geology

Cognate Electives

Total Hours

75


Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

Note: The lower-division core should be completed before attempting most upper-division major courses. AP Biology credit with a score of 3 may be substituted for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOB 160N

Principles of Living Systems

3

BIOB 161N

Prncpls of Living Systems Lab

1

BIOB 170N

Princpls Biological Diversity

3

BIOB 171N

Princpls Biological Dvrsty Lab

2

BIOB 260

Cellular and Molecular Biology

4

BIOB 272

Genetics and Evolution

4

Total Hours

17

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Core Courses Required by Natural History Concentration

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following Ecology courses:

5

BIOE 342

Field Ecology

BIOE 370
& BIOE 371

General Ecology
and Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOE 406

Behavior & Evolution

3

BIOO 320

General Botany

5

BIOO 335

Rocky Mountain Flora

3

BIOO 462

Entomology

4

Complete one of the following courses:

4

BIOO 470

Ornithology

BIOO 475

Mammalogy

Total Hours

24

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Courses Outside of the Major

Chemistry and Geology

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

Chemistry:

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

4

CHMY 123

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

4

CHMY 124

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab

2

Geology:

GEO 101N

Introduction to Physical Geology

3

GEO 102N

Introduction to Physical Geology Lab

1

Total Hours

14

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Cognate Electives

Note:

  • Students should plan on taking M 121 or higher level M course (prerequisite for BIOB 272 and GER math requirement) and STAT 216 (pre- or co-requisite for BIOE 371).

  • Students interested in combining the Natural History concentration with another subject area may, with the advisor's permission, substitute 10 credits in English - writing, journalism, photography, art, modern & classical language, business management, or other appropriate field.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 20 credits in the following disciplines, with a maximum of 10 credits in any one discipline:

20

Anthropology (ANTY)

Astronomy (ASTR)

Chemistry (CHMY) - excluding CHMY 121N, 123, and 124

Geography (GPHY)

Geology (GEO) - excluding GEO 101N and 102N

Forestry/Natural Resource Management (FORS/NRSM)

Mathematics/Statistics (M/STAT)

Physics (PHSX)

Wildlife Biology (WILD)

Total Hours

20

Minimum Required Grade: C-