majorsThe Department of Biological Sciences offers three majors: Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Ecology. Students in most pre-health science concentrations will be encouraged to pursue the Cell and Molecular Biology major, and in all cases, your advisor will discuss your options with you during your advising session.

(A grade of C or better is required in all upper-division courses)

Biology Major

BIOL 3000 - General Botany
BIOL 3100 - Zoology
BIOL 3200 - Genetics
BIOL 3400 - Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 3700 - Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL 4100 - Principles of Ecology

Select two additional upper-division biology courses.
(At least one must be a 4 hour course.)

Cell and Molecular Biology Major

BIOL 3200 - Genetics
BIOL 3400 - Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 3700 - Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL 4100 - Principles of Ecology
BIOL 4700 - Advanced Cell Biology

Select four additional upper-division biology courses.
(At least one must come from the Physiology list, at least two must come from the Molecular list, and at least one of the Molecular electives must be a 4 hour course.)

Physiology Electives Molecular Electives
BIOL 3320 - Comparative Vertebrae Anatomy
BIOL 3350 - Histology
BIOL 3370 - Neurobiology
BIOL 4000 - Plant Physiology
BIOL 4420 - Herpetology
BIOL 4630 - Reproductive Physiology
BIOL 4650 - Endocrinology
BIOL 4720 - Principles of Pharmacology
BIOL 4950 - Selected Topics (Advisor approval required)
BIOL 3500 - Microbiology
BIOL 4740 - Molecular Pathogenesis
BIOL 4750 - Developmental Biology
BIOL 4760 - Molecular Genomics
BIOL 4720 - Principles of Pharmacology
BIOL 4780 - Molecular Carcinogenesis
BIOL 4950 - Selected Topics (Advisor approval required)
Other Required Upper-Division Courses 
CHEM 3411 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3412 - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 4551 - Biochemistry I
CHEM 4552 - Biochemistry II 


Ecology Major

BIOL 3000 - General Botany
BIOL 3100 - Zoology
BIOL 3200 - Genetics or BIOL 3400 - Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 4100 - Principles of Ecology
BIOL 4150 - Evolutionary Biology

Select three upper-division biology courses.
(At least one must be a 4 hour course, and at least one must come from the Terrestrial list and at least one must come from the Aquatic list.)

Terrestrial Electives  Aquatic Electives
BIOL 3120 - Man and the Environment
BIOL 3130 - Biology and Society
BIOL 4000 - Plant Physiology
BIOL 4120 - Community Field Ecology
BIOL 4420 - Herpetology
BIOL 4430 - Ornithology
BIOL 4450 - Introductory Entomology
BIOL 4950 - Selected Topics (Advisor approval required)
BIOL 3120 - Man and the Environment
BIOL 4120 - Community Field Ecology
BIOL 4500 - Ichthyology
BIOL 4520 - Marine Biology
BIOL 4530 - Aquatic Biology
BIOL 4540 - Marine Ecology
BIOL 4950 - Selected Topics (Advisor approval required)


Biology Major with Secondary Education Certification

BIOL 3000 - General Botany
BIOL 3100 - Zoology
BIOL 3200 - Genetics
BIOL 3400 - Cell Biology
BIOL 3700 - Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL 4100 - Principles of Ecology

Select two additional upper-division biology courses. At least one must be a 4 hour course.

Other Courses Required for Secondary Education Certification

EDUC 2110 - Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issue in Education
EDUC 2120 - Exploring Social-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity
EDUC 2130 - Exploring Learning and Teaching

Students must be admitted to Teacher Education to be able to enroll in the following upper-division courses

SCED 4002 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom
SCED 4101 - The Secondary School Student
SCED 4102 - Secondary School Context & Curriculum
SCED 4401 - Science Pedagogy I
SCED 4901 - Secondary Student Teaching

Biology Major with Integrated Masters of Arts in Teaching

BIOL 3000 - General Botany
BIOL 3100 - Zoology
BIOL 3200 - Genetics
BIOL 3400 - Cell Biology
BIOL 3700 - Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL 4100 - Principles of Ecology

Select two additional upper-division biology courses. At least one must be a 4 hour course.

Other Required Upper Division Courses

SPED 4002 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom

Successful application to the IMAT program must be completed before enrollment in any graduate classes is allowed. A 2.75 overall GPA is required for application and a graduate GPA of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the graduate program.

Graduate Courses Required for the IMAT Degree

EDTD 6364 - Introduction to Teaching
EDTD 6491 - Classroom Management Techniques and Strategies
EDTD 6432 - Multicultural Education
EDTD 6225 - Reading Across Curriculum
EDTD 6381 or EDUC 6040 Assessment Course
EDUC 6020 - Foundations of Education
EDTD 6251 - Best Practices in Science Education
EDTD 6950 - Current Trends and Issues
EDTD Electives - (3) selected with MAT advisor
EDTD 6910 - Student Teaching