Degree Requirements

For a detailed example of how you can set up your schedules to complete your degree in these majors, take a look at our example 4 year curriculum planners!


Biology (B.S.)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS     40 hours

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT - Biology Majors will fulfill ACCT with one of the following: BIO 320, 349, 598, HON 420 with a thesis topic approved by the Biology department, a program-approved leadership experience, or a program-approved study abroad experience (Credit hours are incorporated into program requirements below.)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Biology Core       29 hours

Options (Must select at least one; courses used for one option may not count toward another option.)

♦  Aquatic Biology:        15 hours

  PLUS ONE (1) COURSE selected from:

♦  Botany:        15-16 hours

  PLUS TWO (2) COURSES selected from:

♦  General Biology:        3-4 hours

  • At least three (3) hours chosen from any 300, 400, or 500 level BIO course not included in Biology Core or from which Biology majors are not excluded.

♦  Microbial, Cellular and Molecular Biology (MCMB):        15 hours

     PLUS at least nine (9) additional hours from:

♦ Pre-Medical Sciences Option       15-18 hours

PLUS 6-9 hours from:

♦ Pre-Veterinary Science Option      6 hours

  • At least SIX (6) HOURS from any 300, 400, or 500 level BIO course not included in Biology Core or from which Biology majors are not excluded.
     

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS      32‑33 hours

♦  Supporting Courses for All Options       14-15

A preparatory course in mathematics (MAT 109) may be required before admission to MAT 124.

Additional Supporting Requirements:

♦  General Biology Option       9 hours

♦  Pre-Medical Sciences Option       9 hours

♦  Pre-Veterinary Science Option       15-16 hours

Free Electives:        12-28 hours

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: 120 hours


Biology/Teaching (B.S.)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS        40 hours

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT -Biology Teaching majors will fulfill ACCT with ESE 499. (Credit hours are incorporated into Professional Education requirements below.)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS      32-33 hours

(The completion of a minor outside of Biology is strongly recommended).

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS      27-30 hours

A preparatory course in mathematics (MAT 109) may be required before admission to MAT 124.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS       34 hours

  • EDF 103: Introduction to Education (1)
  • EDF 203: Schooling and Society (3)
  • EDF 319: Human Development and Learning (3) OR EDF 319W: Human Development and Learning (Writing Intensive) (3)
  • EDF 413: Assessment in Education (3)
  • SED 401: Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3) OR SED 401S :Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3) (Service Learning Requirement)
  • ESE 490: Secondary Curriculum, Classroom Organization, and Management (3)
  • ESE 499: Supervised Student Teaching in the Secondary School (12)
  • ESE 561: Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3)

PLUS THREE (3) hours of Applied Learning Field Experiences to include:

  • EDF 349Q: Applied Learning in Education I (0.5)
  • EDF 349R: Applied Learning in Education II (0.5)
  • EMS 349Q: Applied Learning I:  Educational Assessment (0.5)
  • EMS 349R: Applied Learning II: Educational Curriculum (0.5)
  • ESE 349: Applied Learning: Secondary Teaching (1)

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: 131-138 hours

Candidates earning a degree that leads to teacher certification must take the PRAXIS Series (Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers) and PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) exams as a requirement for graduation. Candidates are encouraged to review the schedule for PRAXIS and PLT registration deadlines prior to beginning the senior year. Specialty exams are required for each certification area sought and it may take more than one test date to complete all requirements. Candidates should confer with their education advisor/counselor to determine the most optimal time to take required exams.


Environmental Studies (B.S.)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS       40 hours

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT - Environmental Studies majors will fulfill ACCT with one of the following options, (providing the selection is approved by the Chair in advance of enrollment/participation in the course or experience): BIO 320, 349, 598, HON 420 with a program-approved thesis topic, a program-approved service-learning course, a program-approved leadership experience, or a program-approved study abroad experience. (Relevant credit hours will be incorporated into program requirements below.)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS     

Core Course Requirements       27-28 hours    

Option Requirements (all majors MUST select one of the following options):

♦  Land Resources       13-15 Hours

PLUS TWO (2) of the following courses:

  • EHS 300: Water Supplies and Waste Disposal (4)
  • EHS 335: Hazardous and Solid Waste Management (3)
  • EHS 360: Air Pollution and Health (4)

♦  Natural History       15 Hours

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS

♦  Supporting Courses for All Options       23 Hours

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS

♦ Land Resources:        12-13 Hours

PLUS ONE (1) HOUR in one of the following:

♦ Natural History Option        17-18 Hours

PLUS TWO (2) COURSES selected from:

FREE ELECTIVES      0-8 hours

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS:        120  HOURS


Wildlife Management (B.S.)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS       40 hours

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT - Wildlife Management majors will fulfill ACCT with one of the following: BIO 349, WLD 489, HON 420 with a program-approved thesis topic, a program-approved service-learning course, a program-approved undergraduate scholarly or creative activity, or a program-approved study abroad experience. (Credit hours may be incorporated into program requirements below.)
     

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS       59 hours

PLUS TWO (2) COURSES selected from the following:

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS       14 hours *
(* hours designated as fulfilling Gen. Ed. are counted in the University General Education Requirements rather than in Supporting Course Requirements.)

A preparatory course in mathematics (MAT 109) may be required before admission to MAT 124.

FREE ELECTIVE    7 Hours

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS        120 -124 HOURS


MINORS

Minor in Biology

A student may qualify for a minor in biology by completing 21 semester hours to include:

  • BIO 111: Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIO 112: Ecology and Evolution (4)
  • BIO 318: General Botany (4)
  • BIO 319: General Zoology (4)
  • PLUS five additional hours selected from those 300 through 500 level courses normally taken for one of the majors in the department.

    Students may also seek a minor in biology in conjunction with the completion of a teaching certificate, which will qualify them to teach biology at the secondary level. Teacher certification with a minor in biology requires the same 21 semester hours of course work stipulated in the above paragraph.