2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 18, 2024  
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biology: Concentration in Environmental Science [BIO_ENVS]


This major in the Biological Sciences Department  provides a focused exposure to environmentally related areas of biology.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental biological concepts.  These key conceptual areas include:  (A) cell biology, (B) genetics/molecular biology, (C) biological organization, form, and function of organisms, and (D) ecology and evolutionary biology.
  2. Understand and apply basic principles in the fields of chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
  3. Apply the process of scientific inquiry, formulation and testing of scientific hypotheses, and development of experimental protocols to address biological problems.
  4. Use quantitative reasoning (e.g., statistics) to analyze and interpret scientific data, and to formulate appropriate conclusions.
  5. Discuss and communicate biological concepts, research results, and their importance to a variety of audiences.
  6. Demonstrate effective writing skills that can be applied to both technical and general purposes.
  7. Evaluate the validity of claims from an evidence based perspective by reviewing, synthesizing, and critiquing scientific literature.

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in any BIO course EXCEPT BIO 301, 302, 303, 306, 307, 507
  • Biology Major Requirements
    • Upon completion of 36 credits in any BIO course EXCEPT BIO 301, 302, 303, 306, 307, 507

Select 12 additional credit hours of biology elective courses


Biology elective course are defined as biology courses at the BIO 210 level or above open to biology majors.

Select One


D. Additional Requirements for the B.A.: 42-43 credit hours


  • Composition and General Education Courses: 27 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 0-12 credit hours
  • Free Elective Courses as needed to complete the 124 credit hour total

E. Additional Requirements for the B.S.: 42-43 credit hours


  • Composition and General Education Courses: 27 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 0-3 credit hours
  • Free Elective Courses as needed to complete the 124 credit hour total

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124