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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Major, B.S. (Standard Track)


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College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Biological Sciences


Biological Sciences Program Information


Department of Biological Sciences
PO Box 70703
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-4329
Fax: (423) 439-5958
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/cas/biology


Biology Major
The Department of Biological Sciences offers a major in biology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The major is designed for students who plan to enter such professions as biology, biochemistry, science education, medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, conservation, and industry. Some of our courses may be appropriate for students in other fields of study who desire to acquaint themselves with the phenomena of living organisms. The department offers the Master of Science in biology, and participates in the PhD in Biomedical Sciences through the Quillen College of Medicine. Further information on graduate programs is contained in the Graduate Catalog.
 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Department of Biological Sciences has a commitment to providing undergraduate students with the opportunity for involvement in research. Many faculty welcome undergraduate students into their research programs. Opportunities for receiving undergraduate credit for research include the following courses: 

Advising
Students are required to visit one of the following advisors at least once a semester:

Joanna Cyrier in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) in the Culp Student Center will advise all students every semester until completion of 90 total credit hours.

After completing 90 total credit hours, students will be advised every semester by Dr. Hugh Miller, Brown 306.

After completing the core (Biology for Science Majors I, II, and III and General Genetics), students will be required to obtain permits for all upper level menu courses during their advisement.
 

Notes
Credit for the following courses will not apply toward a major or minor in the department:

The department DOES NOT accept AP biology credit from High School.

General Program Information


To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements


Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120


College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements


Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.

Mathematics Specified General Education Core: MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  as specified by major.
   
Natural Sciences Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following:
  1. ASTR 1010  and ASTR 1020 
  2. BIOL 1010  /BIOL 1011  and BIOL 1020  /BIOL 1021 
  3. BIOL 1110  /BIOL 1111  and BIOL 1120  /BIOL 1121  or BIOL 1130  /BIOL 1131 
  4. CHEM 1110  /CHEM 1111  and CHEM 1120  /CHEM 1121 
  5. GEOL 1040 /GEOL 1041  and GEOL 1050 /GEOL 1051 
  6. GEOG 1110  and GEOG 1120  (labs included)
  7. PHYS 2010  /PHYS 2011  and PHYS 2020  /PHYS 2021  or PHYS 2110  and PHYS 2120 
  * Higher-level laboratory courses in these departments also meet this requirement.
   
Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Core departmental requirements: 6 credit hours
   
Philosophy of Science PHIL 2640 
   
Reasoning PHIL 2030  or SPCH 2320 

 

TBR General Education Requirements: 42 Credit Hours


Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.
 

Communication


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition


Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication


Humanities and Fine Arts


9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.

Humanities


Complete the following:

History


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Mathematics


Students eligible to enroll in this math course must do so during their first calendar year of enrollment or prior to accumulating 33 semester credits at ETSU.

Biology Major Standard Track


 A total of 36 credit hours of Biology courses is required for the standard major. A separate minor is also required when choosing the standard major.

Advanced Biology Requirements


One course from each menu is required.

Note that in the molecular menu, a lecture and a lab course must be completed but lecture and lab courses may be mixed. Example; BIOL 3150 combined with BIOL 4157.

Completion of  BIOL 4995 Capstone: Review of Biology Concepts  is a graduation requirement. This course must be completed during the last two semesters prior to graduation. As part of this course, students will complete the Major Field Exam in Biology.

Note:


* Courses listed in more than one menu can only be used to satisfy ONE menu.

Note:


Completion of one course in each menu usually leaves 2-4 credits needed. Students can choose any credit, including Independent Study and/or Research in Biology in biological sciences, to fulfill their additional credits needed for graduation.

Minor: 18-24 Credit Hours


Additional Information


Click here to view Suggested Course Sequence for B.S. in Biology. 

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