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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Major, B.S. (Biochemistry Concentration)

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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: 

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.

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.


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

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

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


Complete the following:


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:


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.

Biochemistry Concentration

This is a joint program among the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry (College of Arts and Sciences) and the Department of Biochemistry (Quillen College of Medicine). The student may major in either biology or chemistry. The curriculum requires courses in both departments. The student should consult frequently with an advisor to ensure completion in a judicious manner.

Additional Requirements: 4 Credit Hours

Biochemistry Concentration Requirements: 65-68 Credit Hours

Advanced Concentration Requirements: 3-5 Credit Hours

The Biology Major with a Biochemistry Concentration must select one of the following courses:

Biology Menu Requirements: 6-8 Hours

Select at least one (1) course from two (2) of the following Advanced Biology areas (Organismal, Population, or Biodiversity):

Program Options:


Quillen College of Medicine. Approved students who have completed “Biochemistry of Macromolecules” (BIOL 4147 ) and “Biochemistry of Metabolism” (BIOL 4167 ) may enroll for one of the courses indicated below during their last semester of coursework.

  • BIOL 5010 Biomed. Sci. I, Molecular Organization of Cells (3 credits)
  • BIOL 5020 Biomedical Science II, Gene Expression (3 credits)
  • BIOL 5030 Biomedical Science III, Cellular Anatomy (3 credits)

Minor: No minor required.

Additional Information

Click here to view Biochemistry Concentration Suggested Course Sequence .

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