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
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.
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.
Humanities and Fine Arts
9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.
Advanced Biology Requirements
One course from the Molecular, Population, and Organismal menus AND two courses from the Biodiversity menu are 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.