Biology B.S. - Genetics and Evolution

Bachelor of Science - Biology; Genetics and Evolution Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 72-90

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21

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.

Summary

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

17

Upper-Division Core Courses Required by the Genetics & Evolution Concentration

11

Additional Upper-Division Courses Required for the Genetics & Evolution Concentration

16-20

Biochemistry

Genetics/Evolution Depth Courses

Physiology Requirement

Required Courses Outside of the Major

28-42

Mathematics - Calculus

Mathematics - Statistics

Chemistry

Physics

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Total Hours

72-90


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 by the Genetics & Evolution Concentration

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOB 375

General Genetics

3

BIOB 486

Genomics

3

BIOE 370

General Ecology

3

BIOE 371

Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)

2

Total Hours

11

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Additional Upper-Division Courses Required for the Genetics & Evolution Concentration

Biochemistry

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.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

4-6

BCH 380

Biochemistry

BCH 480
& BCH 482

Advanced Biochemistry I
and Advanced Biochemistry II

Total Hours

4-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Genetics/Evolution Depth Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete three of the following courses:

9-10

BIOB 480

Conservation Genetics

BIOB 483

Phylogenics and Evolution

BIOE 403

Comparative Vert Anatomy

BIOE 406

Behavior & Evolution

BIOL 484

Plant Evolution

BIOM 410

Microbial Genetics

BIOM 415

Microbial Dvrsty Eclgy & Evltn

BIOM 420

Host-Microbe Interactions

CSCI 451

Computational Biology

Total Hours

9-10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physiology Requirement

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses (labs must be taken if available):

3-4

BIOB 425

Adv Cell & Molecular Biology

BIOL 435

Comparative Animal Physiology

BIOM 450
& BIOM 451

Microbial Physiology
and Microbial Physiology Lab

BIOO 433
& BIOO 434

Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab

Total Hours

3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Courses Outside of the Major

Mathematics - Calculus

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

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.

  • Students should choose the advanced sequence for graduate preparation.

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 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.

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 Interactions

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-