Biology, BS Curriculum

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The B.S. in biology provides students with a broad knowledge of the biological sciences while introducing them to the practical skills needed in today's biotech industries and the background required to be successful applicants to graduate programs. Students may choose from advanced courses designed to emphasize studies in either animal or plant systems while participating in a common core of courses which provide knowledge in the basic principles relevant to both areas.

Program outcomes: graduates will


Program Delivery

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Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.


General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.


Program Requirements

Biology Core Requirements
Required Courses - 38 credits
BIOL 1001 - Nature of Life (2.0 cr)
BIOL 1009H - Honors: General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3027 - Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3122 - Evolution (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3822 - Techniques in Molecular Biology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
BIOL 3900 - Internship (1.0-2.0 cr)
BIOL 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
BIOL 4101 - Biology Seminar (1.0 cr)
COMM 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
NATR 3374 - Ecology [BIOL SCI] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)

 

Chemistry Core Requirements
Required Courses - 21 credits
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2.0 cr)
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2.0 cr)
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
 

 

Math and Physics Core Requirements
Required Courses - 15 credits
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH THINK] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)

 

Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of CA courses.
CA 1xxx

 

Biology Major Electives
Take 10 - 12 credits(s) from the following:

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.

 

 

 


Biology Minor Curriculum

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The biology minor program introduces students to the core concepts in a broad range of biological areas with two possible emphases, animal or plant biology. It is designed to complement majors in animal sciences, agriculture, and natural resources but can be tailored for students in other majors as well.


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Minor Requirements

Biology Minor Requirements
Required Courses - 20 to 21 credits
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3027 - Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3122 - Evolution (3.0 cr)
NATR 3374 - Ecology [BIOL SCI] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1009H - Honors: General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)