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Biology Major (B.S.) Requirements (62-65 hours)

A Bachelor of Science degree in biology requires the following:
• 27 hours of required courses in Biology 111, 121, 122, 201, 212, 322, 331, 481, 482;
• three course electives (9-12 hours) in Biology from 200 level or higher, with two courses at the 300-400 level;
• one course for at least 2 hours credit from: Biology 391, 491, 495, or 499
• 13 hours in Chemistry 113, 114, 231, 241;
• 7 hours in Mathematics 150, 200;
• 4 hours of Physics from 101, 213.
A student who receives a “B” or better grade in Biology 101 or 130 may use that course to fulfill the Biology 121 requirement.

It is recommended that majors complete MAT 200, MAT 211 and CHE 211. Students preparing for professional schools in medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and dentistry are advised to take Chemistry through CHE 232 and PHY 213 and 214 (prerequisite: MAT 211) prior to the end of their junior year in order to be prepared for medical, dental, and pharmacy school entrance examinations. Students preparing to attend graduate school programs in Biology are advised to take two years of a foreign language, BIO 111, MAT 200, 211, CHE 232, and PHY 213 and 214. A chemistry, mathematics, or physics minor is excellent preparation for graduate programs in Biology. It is recommended that students beginning the B.S. program take BIO 121 and CHE 113 during their first semester.

Biology Major with Environmental Studies Concentration (71-72 hours)

The Environmental Studies concentration is a new addition to the biology curriculum for the 2013-2014 academic year. Outcomes of the “environmental movement” have included a growth in federal regulations to improve the environment and subsequently increase the value of environmental education in the country. Environmental principles and concepts of this concentration can be used through a variety of applications including natural ecosystems, human impact on nature, and human health. Students can then be ready for jobs in the environmental field or for application to graduate school.
An environmental studies concentration requires a total of 54 hours as follows:
• 29 hours of required courses in Biology 111, 121, 122, 201, 212, 322, 331, 431;
• two course electives (7-8 hours) from the following: Biology 200, 332, 402, Chemistry 330, Science 110;
• one course for at least 2 hours credit from: Biology 391, 491, Environmental Studies 495;
• 9 hours of courses in Environmental Studies 112, 220 and satisfactory completion of Environmental Studies 381 twice;
• 13 hours in Chemistry 113, 114, 231, 241;
• 7 hours in Mathematics 150, 200;
• 4 hours of Physics from 101, 213.
The Environmental Studies Concentration will allow students to a) be better prepared for environmentally oriented research, internships and summer jobs; b) have an enhanced opportunity to consider the master’s degree program in Environmental Management at Duke University, with which we have a dual degree agreement; c) be prepared for graduate studies in specific areas that relate to environmental disciplines, and d) be better qualified for the environmental spectrum of biology positions available to college graduates.

Biology Major with Secondary Education Concentration (105 hours)

Students who wish to become certified for public school teaching must complete the requirements for teacher certification and must take the following
• 39 hours of Biology: 111, 121, 122, 201, 212, 215, 216, 322, 331, 391, 431;
• 11 hours of Chemistry: 113, 114, 231;
• 7 hours of Mathematics: 150, 200;
• 4 hours of Physics: 101 or 213;
• 7 hours of Science: 110, 321;
• 37 hours of Education: 224, 230, 232, 300, 342, 382, 455, 480, 483.

Students who plan to qualify for certification at the secondary level should major in the academic field for which certification will be sought and minor in Education. Graduation with a concentration in Secondary Education does not guarantee state certification. In order to be certified by the state of South Carolina, candidates must pass all required PRAXIS II series tests and meet all certification requirements.
Candidates should take EDU 224 and EDU 230 during their freshman year.  EDU 232 should be taken during the sophomore year.  These classes are prerequisites for all other education courses.  All candidates must pass, or exempt, Praxis I reading, writing, and mathematics tests and apply for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to take 300- and 400-level education courses.  All candidates, regardless of major, complete a minimum of 108 hours of field experience in a public school prior to student teaching (EDU 483).

 

MINORS

Minors are intended for students who will not be biology majors.

Biology Minor (24 hours)

The Biology minor requires 24 hours as follows: BIO 121; 322; 12 additional hours of Biology courses or SCI 112 except BIO 101, 102, 110, 111, 391, 481, 482, 491, 492, 495, or 499 (see note on BIO 101); and CHE 113 (as a prerequisite for BIO 322). A student cannot count both SCI 112 and BIO 114 toward the minor. A student who receives a "B" or better grade in BIO 101 or 130 may use that course to fulfill the BIO 121 requirement.

Environmental Science Minor (24 hours)

This minor is intended for nonmajors; biology majors can select a concentration in Environmental Studies. An Environmental Science minor requires 24 hours (including 8 hours applicable to the Core) as follows: BIO 121, 122, 201, CHE 113, and SCI 110, 112. Any two of these courses fulfill core requirements for laboratory science. For BIO 121, students may substitute Biology 101 with a grade of "B" or better. Environmental Science students are also recommended to take BIO 322, 402, 431; and CHE 114.

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