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Biology - General Option

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Biology - General 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, General Studies Biological Sciences, or Human Biology.
First Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI] or 107 [BSCI] 14
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
Diversity [DIVR]3
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 106 or 10714
CHEM 1064
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]4
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CHEM 3454
Humanities [HUM]3
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 370 [M] or 372 [M]14
Program Option Course: Biochemistry Emphasis23 or 4
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
STAT 212, 412, or PSYCH 3113 or 4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 395, 403, or 40513
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
PHYSICS 101 or 2013
PHYSICS 111 or 2111
Program Option Courses: Cell Biology Emphasis 23
Foreign Language or Electives3 4
Second TermCredits
Equity and Justice [EQJS]3
PHYSICS 102 or 2023
PHYSICS 112 or 2121
Program Option or Electives3 or 4
Foreign Language or Electives34
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 473 [CAPS] [M], 483 [CAPS] [M], or 489 [CAPS] [M] 43
Program Option or Electives56 - 8
Second TermCredits
Program Option or Electives56 - 8
Complete School of Biological Sciences Exit Survey

1All biology majors must complete 19 credits of Biology Core courses (BIOLOGY 106; 107; 301; 370 [M] or 372 [M]; one from 395, 403, or 405); and 21 credits of option requirements or electives. These must include 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. 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.
2General Biology Option Requirements include one course from the Biochemistry Emphasis (CHEM 370 or MBIOS 303); and one course from the Cell Biology Emphasis (BIOLOGY 352 or MBIOS 405).
3Two 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.
4Students in Honors College complete HONORS 450 in lieu of a BIOLOGY [CAPS] course.
5General Biology Option Electives include a minimum of 15 credits of Biological Science selected in consultation with a biology advisor. These should include coursework to fulfill the University requirement of 40 upper division credits.

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