2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Biological Sciences, BS

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The biological sciences are undergoing an extraordinary revolution, and the plans of study are formulated to give students a broad basis for comprehending the diverse nature of this field. Biology builds upon this knowledge and attempts to understand the complex systems that ultimately give rise to biodiversity. Our curriculum is designed so that this basic biological knowledge can readily be applied to critical practical problems in health and medicine, agriculture and the management of other renewable resources, and the nature of populations and their control.

The amount of information that is currently being discovered in the biological world is daunting, and we recognize that some students may want to focus within an area of specialization. Students begin our curriculum with a four-semester biology core. These courses provide a common knowledge base for all biology majors. The sequence begins with an overview of evolutionary, environmental, and organismal concepts, and then proceeds to examine relationships between development, structure, and function as adaptational mechanisms. The third and fourth semesters are concerned with cellular organization and function followed by genetic and molecular principles so important to modern biology.

Degree Requirements

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)

Speech Communication (3 Credits)

Quantitative Reasoning (3 Credits)

Natural Sciences (4 Credits)

Humanities (3 Credits)

Select from the Humanities Core list

Social Sciences (3 Credits)

Select from the Social Sciences Core list

Additional Credits (4 Credits)

First-Year Experience (FYE) (1 Credit)

Required Courses (52-53 Credits)

Other Required Courses (20-21 Credits)

Additional Biological Sciences Required Courses (10-11 Credits)

  • BIOL 31100 - Introduction To Evolution
  • or

  • BIOL 58000 - Evolution

  • Choose two of the following three categories, and then choose a course from each of the chosen categories. The course not chose can be used to meet the Biology Elective requirement with the exception of BIOL 21400 (not a 30000 level class).

Biological Sciences Electives (Minimum 10 Credits)

Only 30000 level or above biology courses can be used to fulfill this requirement. At least one of these courses must be a 50000 level class. BIOL 34200  and BIOL 33000  cannot be used to fulfill the biology elective requirement. Maximum 3 credits of independent studies/research/BIOL 48800  internship can be used to fulfill this requirement.

Total 120 Credits Required

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