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Biology - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Option

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Biology - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Option (120 Credits)

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Biology must fulfill the University and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements for graduation as described in the WSU general catalog. Admission to the major requires completion of 24 semester credits and 2.0 GPA.

Honors students complete honors requirements in place of UCORE requirements. The math and science components of those requirements are fulfilled as part of the School requirements described below. Other University requirements include: 120 total credits, of which 40 must be 300-400-level credits; the writing portfolio; and two writing in the major courses (identified by [M] in the course listings). The College of Arts and Sciences requires two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language. Bachelor of Science degree options in Biology and Zoology require a minimum of 19 semester credits of core BIOLOGY courses (BIOLOGY 106, 107, 301, 370 [M] or 372 [M], and 395 or 403 or 405). An additional 21 semester credits of biological sciences coursework selected in consultation with your biology advisor is required. The 21 semester credits must include 15 upper division credits, six of which must be BIOLOGY courses taken in residence at WSU, one additional BIOLOGY writing in the major course (identified by [M] in the course listings), and one BIOLOGY Capstone course (identified by the [CAPS] in the course listings. An overall GPA of at least 2.0 must be maintained in all College and School requirements. A maximum of 4 credits of coursework that are graded S, F may be used toward fulfilling School requirements or program options, and no other courses taken S or P can be applied toward fulfilling School requirements or program options. Students must complete an exit survey. Students may not double major or take a minor in any combination of Biology, Zoology, or General Studies Biological Sciences.
First Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI]4
CHEM 105 [PSCI]14
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 1074
CHEM 1064
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]14
Second Year
First TermCredits
CHEM 3454
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Humanities [HUM]3
PHYSICS 101 or 2014
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 370 [M] or 372 [M]4
PHYSICS 102 or 2024
Program Option Courses or Electives2,34
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
BIOLOGY 301 4
Program Option Courses or Electives2,37
Foreign Language, if needed, or Electives43 or 4
Second TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
Program Option Courses or Electives2,36 or 7
STAT 212, 412, or PSYCH 3113 or 4
Foreign Language, if needed, or Electives43 or 4
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY Capstone [CAPS]3
Program Option Courses or Electives2,311
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 395, 403, or 4053
Program Option Courses or Electives2,313 or 14
Complete School of Biological Sciences Exit Survey

Footnotes
1MATH 106 may be taken as a pre-/co-requisite to CHEM 105 and other MATH courses. MATH 108 may also be needed.
2Ecology and Evolution Option requirements include one course from the Physiology Emphasis area (BIOLOGY 350 or BIOLOGY 420); 12 total credits from the Ecology Emphasis (BIOLOGY 330, 410, 462, 469 [M], 483 [M] [CAPS]) and the Evolution/Organismal Emphasis (BIOLOGY 322 [M], 324, 332 [M], 335 [M], 408 [CAPS], 409, 412, 418, 423, 428, 432 [M], 438 [M]). At least one course must be from the Ecology Emphasis and one course from the Evolution/Organismal Emphasis.
3All biology majors must complete 21 semester credits of biological coursework including 15 upper-division credits, 6 of which must be a BIOLOGY prefix taken in residence at WSU. Approved courses include 200-400-level BIOLOGY courses except those used to fulfill core requirements (BIOLOGY 106. 107, 301, 370 [M] or 372 [M], one from 395, 403, or 405), and any courses approved by advisor. A maximum of 4 credits of coursework graded S/F may be used toward fulfilling departmental requirements or program options and must be approved by advisor. Coursework must include a total of two BIOLOGY [M] courses and sufficient 300-400-level coursework to meet the University requirement of 40 upper division credits.
4Two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language are required by the College of Arts and Sciences for graduation.

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