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Department of Biology

Department of Biology

The curriculum in biology is designed to acquaint students with living organisms as whole, functioning entities that, in their diversity, share many common features. In addition to providing the scientific background required of all educated citizens, the courses provide a foundation upon which the student may build a graduate program, undertake training in health-related professions, or prepare for secondary-level science teaching. Students participate in independent or group research as well as specific courses. READ MORE

Because contemporary biology leans heavily on mathematics and physical sciences, students majoring in biology should include mathematics, statistics, chemistry, and physics. In the freshman year students in BIO 112 will build a foundation for study of biological processes. Students can proceed to the first 200-level biology course during the second semester of the freshman year. In the sophomore year, students will continue the survey of the kingdoms of life by taking additional 200-level biology courses. Students should strengthen their understanding of mathematics and obtain a background in organic chemistry as appropriate. Biology courses at the 300-400 level should be taken during the junior and senior years, with seminar reserved for the senior year. Students will examine in detail how organisms function and interact with their environment and each other.

General Biology, Botany, and Zoology majors are required to complete a minor and are encouraged to minor in chemistry. Conservation Biology and Cell and Molecular Biology majors are exempt from the minor requirement.

Upper-level students may enroll in courses by cooperative agreement with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. For information, see the Department Chair.

Conservation Biology Majors may meet the requirements to become a certified wildlife biologist by taking twelve hours of communication. The General Core requirement for COM 112 and electives of COM 121 and COM 235 may be used to fulfill 10 hours of this requirement. The remaining hours may be selected in consultation with your assigned faculty advisor.

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11/4/14 - Katy Wade, senior zoology major, talks with Regency Retirement Village residents on Campus and Community Day. - Meg Rushing
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Katy Wade, senior zoology major, talks with Regency Retirement Village residents on Campus and Community Day. - Meg Rushing

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11/4/14 - Junior council members, Gray Magee, junior cell and molecular biology major, Kelley Faulkner, junior biochemistry major, and Clare Williams, junior intercultural studies major, serve East Elementary School by doing yard work for Campus and Community Day. - MiKalla Cotton
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Junior council members, Gray Magee, junior cell and molecular biology major, Kelley Faulkner, junior biochemistry major, and Clare Williams, junior intercultural studies major, serve East Elementary School by doing yard work for Campus and Community Day. - MiKalla Cotton

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11/4/14 - Junior council members, Gray Magee, junior cell and molecular biology major, Kelley Faulkner, junior biochemistry major, and Clare Williams, junior intercultural studies major, serve at East Elementary School for Campus and Community Day. - MiKalla Cotton
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Junior council members, Gray Magee, junior cell and molecular biology major, Kelley Faulkner, junior biochemistry major, and Clare Williams, junior intercultural studies major, serve at East Elementary School for Campus and Community Day. - MiKalla Cotton

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11/4/14 - Junior council members, Gray Magee, junior cell and molecular biology major, Kelley Faulkner, junior biochemistry major, and Clare Williams, junior intercultural studies major, do yard work at East Elementary School for Campus and Community Day. - MiKalla Cotton
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Junior council members, Gray Magee, junior cell and molecular biology major, Kelley Faulkner, junior biochemistry major, and Clare Williams, junior intercultural studies major, do yard work at East Elementary School for Campus and Community Day. - MiKalla Cotton

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Undergraduate Areas of Study
  • Botany
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • General Biology#
  • Zoology

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  • # This major is available also with Discipline-Specific Honors

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