Biological Science: General Biology

Major Description

This degree supports a core of general biological knowledge and skills and is designed to provide the background necessary to facilitate a career in biology. It is intended to support the needs of students who are seeking to pursue graduate school or are interested in secondary biology education.

You may also be interested in the Human Biology major.

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Major Outcomes

On successful completion of the major in Biological Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehension of the fundamental concepts, theories and models necessary to the understanding of the biological sciences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the disciplines within the sciences and mathematics in order to critically approach and evaluate theories, analyze data, and solve problems.
  • Understand and apply scientific methodologies through the formulation of hypotheses, use of current research technologies and statistical applications, and the evaluation and presentation of results.
  • Effectively communicate their approach to data analysis and problem solving in both written and oral form.
  • Demonstrate a comprehension of the historical context and development of the biological sciences over the years.
  • Explore science, faith and their integral relationship with the ethical, moral and spiritual issues of our society.



Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Biological Sciences Major

48 credits: 15 credits in residence, 21 credits upper division

Core Requirements:
BIO 101 General Biology I 4
BIO 102 General Biology II 4
BIO 245 Evolution 3
BIO 250 Genetics 4
BIO 490 Senior Seminar in Biology 1
PHS 211 General Chemistry I 4
MA 342 Statistical Methods 4
Emphasis Area Requirements:
BIO 301 Botany 4
PHS 212 General Chemistry II 4
OR PHS 101 Intro to Physical Science 4
PHS 301 Organic Chemistry I 4
OR PHS 230 Geology 4
Upper division electives chosen from the appropriate list below.
Students pursuing secondary education licensure select from the following:
BIO 315 Malheur Natural History Studies 3
BIO 360 Ecology 4
BIO 370 Microbiology 4
BIO 380 Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 393 Practicum in Lab Science Instruction 1
Students pursuing graduate school select from the following:
BIO 330 Cell Biology 4
BIO 360 Ecology 4
BIO 370 Microbiology 4
BIO 420 Mammalian Physiology 4