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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences

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Box 70703
Phone: (423) 439-4329
Web Address:

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. Courses are also offered for students in other fields of study who desire to acquaint themselves with the phenomena of living organisms. The department also offers the master of science in biology degree. Further information on graduate programs is contained in the Graduate Catalog.

Biology Major

In addition to certain required science and math courses, the standard track in biology requires 36 credit hours of approved biology courses; a student choosing this major must also complete a minor in a different field of study. An alternative concentration track in biology requires 50 credit hours of biology courses; a specialized alternative curricula that may be followed for a degree in biology; a biochemistry concentration (does not require an additional minor), and secondary biology education, which requires a minor in professional education.


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

Freshmen and sophomores will be advised by professional advisors in the Advisement Resource Center (ARC) in the Culp Center until they finish the biology core. Upon finishing the core, students will be transferred to a departmental advisor listed below.

All courses above the core (Biology for Science Majors I, II, and III and General Genetics) must have a permit prior to registration.

Biology Major (Standard or Concentration)  

(last name starts with A-M)

J. Leonard Robertson

(last name starts with N-Z)

Hugh Miller III
Secondary Biology Ed. J. Leonard Robertson
Biology Honors Program Lev Yampolsky
Biochemistry Concentration Hugh Miller III
General Advising Hugh Miller III,
Michael Zavada


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

BIOL   1000            Academic Advantage

BIOL   1010/1011   Biology for Non-Majors I/Lab

BIOL   1020/1021   Biology for Non-Majors II/Lab

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