Biology B.S. - Field Ecology

Bachelor of Science - Biology; Field Ecology Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 71-84

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21

Note: The Field Ecology Concentration is for students interested in field-based ecology. Students with this concentration spend one or two summers taking field courses at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. This concentration is a graduate prep program, and is for students interested in academia or employment at a governmental, private, or non-profit agency.

General Education Requirements

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

Summary

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

17

Upper-Division Core Courses Required for the Field Ecology Concentration

5

Additional Upper Division Major Courses Required for the Field Ecology Concentration

8

Evolution Course Requirement

-Ology Course Requirement

Ecology Requirement at the Flathead Lake Biological Station

13

Aquatic Emphasis

Terrestrial Emphasis

Required Courses Outside of the Major

28-42

Mathematics - Calculus

Mathematics - Statistics

Chemistry

Physics

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Total Hours

71-85


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.

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 for the Field Ecology Concentration

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

5

BIOE 342

Field Ecology (at Flathead Lake Biological Station)

BIOE 370
& BIOE 371

General Ecology
and Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)

Total Hours

5

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Additional Upper-Division Major Courses Required for the Field Ecology Concentration

Rule: Complete a minimum of 8 credits of upper-division Biology or Microbiology (BIOB, BIOE, BIOH, BIOL, BIOM, or BIOO), with at least one course from each of the following subcategories. 8 total credits required.

Evolution Course Requirement

Code

Title

Hours

Complete at least one evolutionary biology course from the following list:

3

BIOB 480

Conservation Genetics

BIOB 483

Phylogenics and Evolution

BIOB 486

Genomics

BIOE 406

Behavior & Evolution

BIOL 484

Plant Evolution

BIOM 420

Host-Microbe Iteractions

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

-Ology Course Requirement

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3-5

BIOM 360
& BIOM 361

General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab (equiv to 260)

BIOM 427
& BIOM 428

General Parasitology
and General Parasitology Lab

BIOO 320

General Botany

BIOO 335

Rocky Mountain Flora

BIOO 340

Biology and Mgmnt of Fishes

BIOO 462

Entomology

BIOO 470

Ornithology

BIOO 475

Mammalogy

Total Hours

3-5

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Ecology Requirement at the Flathead Lake Biological Station

Rule: Complete either the Aquatic Emphasis or the Terrestrial Emphasis.

Aquatic Emphasis

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOE 440

Conservation Ecology

3

BIOE 451

Landscape Ecology

3

BIOB 494

Seminar in Biology

1

Complete 2 of the following courses:

6

BIOE 400

Aquatic Microbial Ecology

BIOE 439

Stream Ecology

BIOE 453

Lake Ecology

Total Hours

13

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Terrestrial Emphasis

Code

Title

Hours

If choosing the Terrestrial Emphasis, complete all of the following courses:

BIOE 416

Alpine Ecology

3

BIOE 440

Conservation Ecology

3

BIOE 451

Landscape Ecology

3

BIOE 458

Forest and Fire Ecology

3

BIOB 494

Seminar in Biology

1

Total Hours

13

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Courses Outside of the Major

Mathematics - Calculus

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

4

M 162

Applied Calculus

M 171

Calculus I

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete either one semester or a full year of statistics from the following:

4-8

One Semester:

STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics

Full Year:

STAT 451
& STAT 452

Statistical Methods I
and Statistical Methods II

STAT 457
& STAT 458

Computer Data Analysis I
and Computer Data Analysis II

Total Hours

4-8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Notes:

  • Students who begin in the advanced chemistry sequence may substitute those courses for introductory sequence courses at the discretion of the major advisor.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete a sequence of general and organic chemistry:

10-20

Introductory Chemistry (10 credits):

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

CHMY 123
& CHMY 124

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab

Advanced Chemistry (20 credits):

CHMY 141N
& CHMY 142N

College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab

CHMY 143N
& CHMY 144N

College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab

CHMY 221
& CHMY 222

Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab

CHMY 223
& CHMY 224

Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab

Total Hours

10-20

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:

10

Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:

PHSX 205N
& PHSX 206N

College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory

PHSX 207N
& PHSX 208N

College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory

Calculus-based Physics:

PHSX 215N
& PHSX 216N

Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc

PHSX 217N
& PHSX 218N

Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc (require M 171 and M 172)

Total Hours

10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: To complete 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 Field Ecology concentration requires BIOE 371 or BIOE 342 (both 2/3 writing courses). The Advanced College Writing Requirement is completed with one additional course, chosen from any of the following.

1/3 Advanced Writing Courses

Code

Title

Hours

BCH 482

Advanced Biochemistry II

3

BIOB 410

Immunology

3

BIOB 425

Adv Cell & Molecular Biology

3

BIOB 483

Phylogenics and Evolution

3

BIOE 403

Comparative Vert Anatomy

4

BIOE 409

Behavior & Evolution Discussion

1

BIOE 428

Freshwater Ecology

5

BIOL 484

Plant Evolution

3

BIOM 402

Medical Bacteriology& Mycology

3

BIOO 320

General Botany

5

BIOO 434

Plant Physiology Lab

1

BIOO 470

Ornithology

4

BIOO 475

Mammalogy

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

Code

Title

Hours

BCH 486

Biochemistry Research Lab

3

BCH 499

Senior Thesis/Capstone

3-6

BIOB 411

Immunology Laboratory

2

BIOB 499

Undergraduate Thesis

3-6

BIOE 342

Field Ecology

5

BIOE 371

Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)

2

BIOM 411

Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab

1

BIOM 499

Undergraduate Thesis

3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete Advanced Writing Course

Code

Title

Hours

BIOH 462

Principles Medical Physiology

3

BIOM 420

Host-Microbe Interations

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-