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Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 first edition, July 2014

Biology

Major(s)

Biology (Non-Comprehensive) (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
  2. Major Requirements
    1. BIO 121(4), 122(4), 235(4), 310(5) or 320(4), 369(4), 494(1), 550(3) 
    2. Select elective courses in biology to total a minimum of 32 hours and include at least 12 hours of 300 level or higher courses. Electives may be selected from one of the following emphases. Advisors can assist students to select electives to emphasize areas that best meet their interest and career goals. Popular areas of emphasis include pre-health studies (pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-physical therapy, etc.), microbiology, cell/molecular biology, environmental/conservation biology, and zoology, but other areas of emphasis are also possible.
    3. Related Requirements: CHM 201(3) and 202(2), or CHM 342(5) and 343(5) or 344(3); PHY 123(4) and 124(4) or PHY 203(5) and 204(5); MTH 261(5) or 287(3)
    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of BIO 369(4) and 494(1) and one additional course from the following: BIO 300(1), 355(4), 370(4), 373(3), 398(1), 399(1-3), 485(1-3), 498(3), 499(1-3), 501(2), 505(3), 508(3), 509(4), 511(4), 512(3), 520(3), 527(1-4), 539(2), 547(3), 561(2), 573(3), 574(2), 575(3), 576(3), 577(3), 578(4), 579(4), 584(3), 589(3). Course may also be used to satisfy the elective courses in biology.

  3. Minor Required (or second major)
  4. Specific Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree - see Specific Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements section of catalog
  5. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Biology (Non-Comprehensive) (BS)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
  2. Major Requirements
    1. BIO 121(4), 122(4), 235(4), 310(5) or 320(4), 369(4), 494(1), 550(3)
    2. Select elective courses in biology to total a minimum of 36 hours and include at least 12 hours of 300-level or higher courses.  Advisors can assist students to select electives to emphasize areas that best meet their interest and career goals. Popular areas of emphasis include pre-health studies (pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-physical therapy, etc.), microbiology, cell/molecular biology, environmental/conservation biology, and zoology, but other areas of emphasis are also possible.
    3. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of BIO 369(4) and 494(1) and one additional course from the following: BIO 300(1), 355(4), 370(4), 373(3), 398(1), 399(1-3), 485(1-3), 498(3), 499(1-3), 501(2), 505(3), 508(3), 509(4), 511(4), 512(3), 520(3), 527(1-4), 539(2), 547(3), 561(2), 573(3), 574(2), 575(3), 576(3), 577(3), 578(4), 579(4), 584(3), 589(3). Course may also be used to satisfy the elective courses in biology.
    4. Related Requirements: CHM 201(3) and 202(2), or CHM 342(5) and 343(5) or 344(3); PHY 123(4) and 124(4) or PHY 203(5) and 204(5); MTH 261(5) or 287(3)
  3. Minor Required (or second major)
  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Biology (Comprehensive) (BS)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog

  2. Major Requirements (37-46 hours)

    1. BIO 121(4), 122(4), 235(4), 494(1), 550(3)

    2. PHY 123(4) and 124(4) or PHY 203(5) and 204(5)

    3. MTH 138(5) or 181(3), or eligibility for MTH 261 on mathematics placement test

    4. BIO 310(5) or 320(4) or 361(4) or 544(4); consult options below before selecting course

    5. CHM 116(4) and 117(1), or CHM 160(4) and 161(1); consult options below before selecting course

    6. CHM 201(3) and 202(2), or CHM 302(5) or 342(5); consult options below before selecting course

    7. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of BIO 494(1) and two additional courses from the following: BIO 300(1), 355(4), 369(4), 370(4), 373(3), 398(1), 399(1-3), 485(1-3), 498(3), 499(1-3), 501(2), 505(3), 508(3), 509(4), 511(4), 512(3), 520(3), 527(1-4), 539(2), 547(3), 561(2), 573(3), 574(2), 575(3), 576(3), 577(3), 578(4), 579(4), 584(3), 589(3). Courses may also be used to satisfy option requirements.

    8. Complete requirements in one of the following options*: Note: With approval of advisor, up to 3 hours of the following can be substituted for one of the BIO courses listed in any option: BIO 300, 399, 499, or 597.

      1. Environmental Biology and Evolution (33-38 hours)

        1. Required courses: BIO 369(4), 515(3)

        2. Complete courses in biodiversity and evolution totaling at least 3 hours from the following: BIO 334(3), 339(2), 370(4), 371(3), 380(5), 530(3), 571(4), 573(3), 574(2), 575(3), 576(3), 577(3); the following courses taught during the summer at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi: BIO 534(2), 535(1), 555(3), 556(3), 587(3), 588(3)

        3. Complete courses in population biology totaling at least 3 hours from the following: BIO 436(4), 532(3), 540(4), 560(3), 563(3), 567(4), 578(4), 584(3), 589(3); the following courses taught during the summer at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi: BIO 557(2), 558(2)

        4. Complete courses in community/ecosystem biology totaling at least 3 hours from the following: BIO 373(3), 485(1-3), 508(3), 509(3), 533(3), 539(2), 547(3), 562(4), 579(4); the following courses taught during the summer at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi: BIO 537(2), 538(2), 565(3), 566(2)

        5. Students must take at least one biology course with a substantial field component. A course used to satisfy this requirement also may be counted toward the biodiversity, population biology, and community/ecosystem biology concentration areas described above. Complete one of the following: BIO 334(3), 339(2), 370(4), 436(4), 509(3), 527(1-4), 562(3), 574(2), 575(3), 576(3), 577(3), any biology course taught at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, any biology course taught at the Bull Shoals Field station or another field station (with the approval of your advisor)

        6. Complete 0-7 hours of elective BIO courses at the level of 300 or higher to total a minimum of 43 hours in biology

        7. Complete at least one of the following related requirements in Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer programming: MTH 261(5) or 287(3) or 546(3) or 547(3) or CSC 125(4) or CSC 130(3) or PSY 527(3)

        8. Related requirements in Chemistry: CHM 160(4), 161(1), 170(3), 171(1)

        9. Complete one of the following related science courses: AGN 215(3), ANT 375(3); CHM 260(3) or 460(3); GLG 171(3), GRY 351(3)

        10. Complete one of the following related social science courses: ECO 540(3), LAW 537(3), PHI 302(3), PLS 555(3), PSY 379(3) 

      2. Microbiology and Biotechnology (33-42 hours)

        1. Required courses: BIO 310(5), 320(4)

        2. Complete 21 additional hours in BIO courses with a minimum of 18 hours from the following: BIO 355(4), 508(3), 511(4), 512(3), 515(3), 517(4), 518(2), 520(3), 530(3), 540(4); BMS 524(3) may be substituted for one of these courses; CHM 302(5) or 502(4) or 505(4) may be substituted for one of these courses

        3. Related requirements in Chemistry: CHM 160(4), 161(1), 170(3), 171(1); CHM 201(3) and 202(2), or CHM 342(5) and 343(5), or CHM 342(5) and 344(3); CHM 352(3), or CHM 452(3) and 552(3)

      3. Wildlife Biology (30-47 hours)

        1. Required courses: BIO 320(4) or 361(4), 369(4)

        2. Complete two courses in plant biology from: BIO 334(3), 339(2), 530(3), 544(4)

        3. Complete three courses in animal biology from: BIO 370(4), 371(3), 380(5), 571(4), 573(3), 574(2), 575(3), 576(3), 577(3)

        4. Complete a minimum of 5 hours in management from: BIO 373(3), 485(1-3), 509(3), 532(3), 562(4), 589(3)

        5. Complete two courses in ecology and evolution from: BIO 436(4), 515(3), 539(2), 563(3), 567(4), 578(4), 579(4), 584(3)

        6. Complete one course in human dimensions from the following: AGN 335(3), BIO 547(3),CRM 210(3), ECO 540(3), GRY 108(3), GRY 351(2), PHI 302(3), PLS 555(3), LAW 537(3)

        7. Complete one course in earth/environmental science: AGN 215(3), CHM 260(3), GLG 110(4), GRY 142(4) 

  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Minor(s)

Biology

Bachelor of Arts
  1. BIO 121(4), 122(4), 235(4)
  2. Additional biology electives to total 15 hours.

Biology

Bachelor of Science
  1. BIO 121(4), 122(4), 235(4)
  2. Additional biology electives to total 19 hours.

Biology

Bachelor of Science in Education
(Non-Certifiable)
BIO 121(4), 122(4), 235(4), 320(4), and 369(4).

Accelerated master's degree in biology

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students majoring in Biology may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Biology program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied.  If accepted, a maximum of 12 credit hours from approved graduate-level courses may be counted toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees (Mixed Credit). This option offers an opportunity for Biology majors with undergraduate laboratory research experience to complete the course requirements for the MS degree in Biology in two semesters and a summer following the completion of the undergraduate degree, rather than the typical four semesters and a summer. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Accelerated Master of Natural and Applied Science

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students in a major in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Natural and Applied Science program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. If accepted, a maximum of 12 credit hours from approved graduate-level courses may be counted toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees (Mixed Credit). This option offers an opportunity for CNAS majors whose goals, academic capabilities, and career planning include graduate work, to complete the requirements for the master’s degree in less time than would otherwise be possible. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Accelerated master's degree in plant science

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students majoring in Agriculture, Biology, and Chemistry may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Plant Science program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. If accepted, a maximum of 12 credit hours from approved graduate-level courses may be counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (Mixed Credit). The courses must be in the area of economic botany, plant physiology, plant genetics, crop management systems, plant nutrition, soils, chemistry, ecology, fruit production, viticulture, enology, or ornamental plants and landscaping.

This option is tailored to those undergraduates who have acquired considerable plant science-related research experience in a laboratory through the departments of Agriculture, Biology or Chemistry at Missouri State. Courses to be counted toward both degrees must be identified jointly in agreement with the undergraduate advisor, the student’s research mentor, and the Plant Science Program Director. This option will enable Agriculture, Biology, or Chemistry majors to potentially meet the requirements for the M.S. degree in Plant Science degree within two semesters following the completion of the undergraduate degree. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.