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B.A. in Biology

Requirements (44-45 credits)

Core Requirements (33 credits)

BIO111Fundamentals of Biology I

4

BIO113Fundamentals of Biology II

4

BIO209Microbiology

4

BIO251Cellular Biology

4

BIO303Genetics

4

BIO431Senior Seminar

1

BIO---300-Level Elective

4

BIO---300/400-Level Elective

4

BIO---400-Level Elective

4

A grade of C+ or better is required for BIO111, BIO113

BIO 300-Level Elective, BIO 300/400 Level Elective, BIO 400-Level Elective: Research and non-major courses cannot be used to fulfill Requirements for the major.

Related Requirements

CHEM151General Chemistry I

4

CHEM153General Chemistry II

4

MATH119Elementary Statistics

4

Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways

To ensure that students begin and remain on track in terms of graduation and degree requirements, and to maximize student opportunities to add minors or second majors, and therefore increase their options after graduation, the College has designed the Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways.

This curricular sequencing model, which outlines all the courses taken in the first two years, will allow students to complete 75% to 90% of their General Education requirements during just their freshman and sophomore years, as well as all foundational gateway and milestone courses, both in their intended major, and in other complementary majors and minors that they may want to consider.

Students will then be able to focus their junior and senior years almost entirely on their major, as well as on potential minors or second majors.

Simply put, this curricular sequencing model allows students to get the most out of their undergraduate education at CSE.

First Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

Second Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I or II Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element II or III Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Recommended Course Sequence for BA Biology

First Year

Fall Semester (First Semester) (18 Credits)

BIO111Fundamentals of Biology I

4

CHEM151General Chemistry I

4

MATH149Pre-Calculus Math

4

CSE110Literacy I

4

Spring Semester (Second Semester) (18 Credits)

BIO113Fundamentals of Biology II

4

CHEM153General Chemistry II

4

 

MATH119Elementary Statistics

4

or

MATH151Calculus I

4

 

CSE120Intergrated Literacy II

4

CHEM153: Prerequisites required.

Second Year

Fall Semester (First Semester) (16 Credits)

BIO209Microbiology

4

Free Elective

8

CSECSE200-level General Education

4

CSE200 level: Prerequisites required.

Spring Semester (Second Semester) (16 Credits)

BIO251Cellular Biology

4

Free Elective

4

CSECSE 200-level General Education

4

 

CSECSE200-level General Education

4

or

CSE300Faith,Spirituality & Ethics I

4

BIO251, CSE200 level, CSE300: Prerequisites required.

Third Year

Fall Semester (First Semester) (16 Credits)

Free Elective

8

BIOBIO300/400

4

 

CSECSE200-level General Education

4

or

CSE300Faith,Spirituality & Ethics I

4

CSE200 level, CSE300: if not yet taken

BIO300/400, CSE200 level, CSE300: Prerequisites required.

Spring Semester (Second Semester) (16 Credits)

Free Elective

4-8

BIO303Genetics

4

 

CSE300Faith,Spirituality & Ethics I

4

or

CSE400Essentials Capstone

4

CSE300:if not yet taken

BIO303, CSE300, CSE400: Prerequisite required.

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (First Semester) (16 Credits)

BIOBIO300/400

4

BIO431Senior Seminar

1

 

CSE400Essentials Capstone

4

and-or

Free Electives

8-12

CSE400: if not yet taken

BIO300/400, BIO431, CSE400: Prerequisites required.

Spring Semester (Second Semester) (16 Credits)

BIOBIO300/400

4

Free Electives

8-12

BIO300/400: Prerequisites required.

Capstone Requirement

Capstone Experience: an exam is given in two parts on two separate dates. The first day of the exam includes objective questions that consist of multiple choice questions covering Fundamentals of Biology I and II, Microbiology and Cell Biology. In addition, a separate exam section covers basic solution calculations. The second day consists of essay questions in upper level elective courses specific to the B.A. program.