Overview

The curriculum in biology provides the student sound preparation in the major areas of biological science while permitting concentration in specialized areas of particular interest. Field study in the nearby mountains and lakes and opportunity for research through Oak Ridge Associated Universities and National Laboratories such as Argonne, Jefferson, and Oak Ridge complement the curriculum.

The Major in Biology provides a comprehensive curriculum for students planning careers in which biological knowledge plays a central role. With careful elective choice students may pursue careers as professional biologists in any of the numerous sub fields and enter graduate school programs that lead to research-oriented careers, or they may enter medical school or other health-related programs.

Course Offerings

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology consists of 46-47 hours in biology and chemistry. Required coursework includes:

BIO 113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 221: Genetics (4 hrs.)
BIO 222: Ecology and Evolution (4 hrs.)
BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hr.)
BIO 351-352: Senior Study: Research in Biology (6 hrs)

One of the following courses:
BIO 301: Cell and Tissue Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 355: Microbiology (4 hrs.)
BIO 357: Immunology (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
BIO 305: Plant Diversity (4 hrs.)
     or
BIO 307: Flowering Plants (4 hrs.)

 

Either of the following courses:
BIO 321: Comparative Vertebrate Zoology (4 hrs.)
     or
BIO 341: Comparative Invertebrate Zoology (4 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
BIO 412: Animal Physiology (4 hrs.)
     or
BIO 414: Developmental Biology (4 hrs.)

CHM 121 and 122: Principles of Chemistry I & II (4 hrs. each)

Through a four-year plan developed in consultation with an academic adviser, students develop a program of elective coursework in a variety of subjects individualized to their career goals. Specific requirements of particular post-graduate institutions should be ascertained early in the undergraduate program because they may require courses for admission beyond the minimum required for the B.A. in biology. The Major in Biology is not open to students majoring in Biochemistry.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology consists of 64-67 hours in biology, chemistry, and physics/math.

Required coursework includes:

BIO 113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 221: Genetics (4 hrs.)
BIO 222: Ecology and Evolution (4 hrs.)
BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hr.)
BIO 351-352: Senior Study: Research in Biology (6 hrs.)

One of the following courses:
BIO 301: Cell and Tissue Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 355: Microbiology (4 hrs.)
BIO 357: Immunology (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
BIO 305: Plant Diversity (4 hrs.)
        or
BIO 307: Flowering Plants (4 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
BIO 321: Comparative Vertebrate Zoology (4 hrs.)
        or
BIO 341: Comparative Invertebrate Zoology (4 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
BIO 412: Animal Physiology (4 hrs.)
        or
BIO 414: Developmental Biology (4 hrs.)

 

One additional four-hour course 300 or 400-level Biology course excludingBIO 311: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians (4 hrs.)


BIO 337: Internship in Biology (7-15 hrs.)
BIO 343: Practicum (2-6 hrs.) CHM 121: Principles of Chemistry I (4 hrs.)
CHM 122: Principles of Chemistry II (4 hrs.)
CHM 223: Organic Chemistry I (4 hrs.)
CHM 224: Organic Chemistry II (4 hrs.)

One of the following course sequences:
PHY 101 and 102: College Physics I and II (4 hrs. each)
MTH 125: Calculus I and MTH 225: Calculus II (4 hrs. each)
MTH 221: Inferential Statistics and MTH 222: Regression Analysis (3 hrs. each)

Four of the five 300 and 400 level courses taken must include a lab. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and other health professions. The Major in Biology is not open to students majoring in Biochemistry.

The Major in Biology for Teacher Licensure is designed for students planning careers as teachers of biology and of general science and physical science at the secondary level. The Major in Biology for Teacher Licensure consists of 51 hours in major and related fields and 10 hours in additional liberal studies courses.

Required coursework includes:

BIO 113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 221: Genetics (4 hrs.)
BIO 222: Ecology and Evolution (4 hrs.)
BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hr.)
BIO 321: Comparative Vertebrate Zoology (4 hrs.)
BIO 351-352: Senior Study: Research in Biology (6 hrs.)
BIO 412: Animal Physiology (4 hrs.)
CHM 121 and 122: Principles of Chemistry I & II (4 hrs. each)
MTH 115: Pre-calculus Mathematics (4 hrs.)

Additional courses in liberal studies include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)
BIO 311: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians (4 hrs.)

 

Students pursuing this major must complete 29 hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed below and in the Education section of this catalog. They include:

EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2 hrs.)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Biology requires a minimum of 21 hours, including:

BIO 113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 221: Genetics (4 hrs.)
BIO 222: Ecology and Evolution (4 hrs.)
BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hr.)
     or
CHM 399: Research Seminar (1 hr.)
At least one course at the 300- or 400-level that satisfies requirements for the Major in Biology.

The Minor in Biology is not open to students majoring in Biochemistry.