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Biology - Basic Medical Sciences

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Biology - Basic Medical Sciences (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 a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the college level.

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 that includes eight credits of program options listed below is required and should be selected in consultation with your biology advisor. The 21 semester credits must include 15 upper division credits, six of which must be BIOLOGY courses taken in residence at WSU. Coursework must include two BIOLOGY writing in the major courses (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]4
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
Diversity [DIVR]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 106 or 1074
CHEM 1064
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]4
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Biology Core14 or 3
CHEM 3454
Electives24
Second TermCredits
Biology Core14 or 3
CHEM 3484
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Electives26
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Biology Core13 or 4
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Program Option Course33 or 4
Foreign Language or Electives2,44
Second TermCredits
CHEM 370 or MBIOS 3033 or 4
Humanities [HUM]53
Program Option Course33 or 4
Foreign Language or Electives2,44
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Equity and Justice [EQJS]3
Program Option Course33 or 4
Electives212
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY Capstone [CAPS] [M] or HONORS 4503
Electives212

Footnotes
1Biology Core (11 credits required): BIOLOGY 301, 370 [M] or 372 [M], and 395 or 403 or 405.
2Students should consult with their advisor for additional courses in Physics or Statistics that may be required for entrance to a graduate or professional program.
3Program Option Courses (9 credits minimum required): Approved courses are BIOLOGY 251, 315, 321, 324, 333 350, 352, 353, 354, 393, 418; MBIOS 304, 305, 306, 401, 405, 413, 414, 423, 440, 442, 446; NEUROSCI 301, 403, 404, 430; PSYCH 372. Students should consult with their advisor as some professional schools require junior-level physiology or higher.
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.
5PHIL 365 [HUM] may be required for admission to some graduate and professional programs.

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