Biological Sciences (17BIOSCBS)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
LSC 101 Critical Creative Thinking Life Sci* 2 BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 181 Intro Bio: Ecol, Evol, Biodiversity 4 CH 221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CH 101 Chemistry-A Molecular Science 3 CH 222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CH 102 General Chemistry Lab 1 ENG 101 Academic Writing & Research* 4
MA 1311 Calculus Life & Mgmt Sci. A 3 MA 2311 Calculus Life & Mgmt Sci. B 3
LSC 103 Exploring Opportunities Life Sci 1
GEP Health and Exercise Studies Req* 1
15 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Physiology Requirement2 3 GN 311 Principles of Genetics 4
CH 223 Organic Chemistry II 3 GN 312 OR 412 Elementary Genetics Lab 1
CH 224 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 CH 201 Chemistry-A Quantitative Sci. 3
Free Elective3 3 CH 202 Quantitative Chemistry Lab 1
GEP Social Sciences Requirement* 3 GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives Req* 3
GEP HES_*** Health & Exercise Studies Course* 1 GEP Humanities Requirement* 3
14 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PY 2114 College Physics I 4 PY 2124 College Physics II 4
MB 351 General Microbiology 3 BCH 351 OR 451 Biochemistry 4
MB 352 OR MB 354 Microbiology Lab 1 Life Science Elective7 4
Advanced Writing Requirement5 3 GEP Social Sciences Requirement* 3
Learning Experience Elective6 3
14 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
Life Science Elective7 3 Life Science Elective7 4
Life Science Elective7 3 Science and Math Elective8 3
Science and Math Elective8 4 Free Elective3 3
Science and Math Elective8 3 GEP Additional Breadth Requirement* 3
Free Elective3 3 GEP Humanities Req* 3
16 16

 

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120
Major/Program Footnotes
*A grade of C- or better is required in the following courses:
LSC 101 Critical and Creative Thinking in the Life Sciences
BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
GN 311 Principles of Genetics
GN 312 Elementary Genetics Lab
MB 351 General Microbiology
MB 352 or 354 Microbiology Lab
BCH 351 or 451 Biochemistry
Physiology Requirement2
MA 131 Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A
MA 231 Calculus for Life and Management Sciences B
CH 101/102 Chemistry – A Molecular Science & Lab
CH 221/222 Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CH 223/224 Organic Chemistry II & Lab
CH 201/202 Chemistry – A Quantitative Science & Lab
PY 211 College Physics I
PY 212 College Physics II
Life Science Electives7
Advanced Writing Requirement5
ENG 101 Academic Writing & Research

Taking courses for credit only (S/U): PE, Free Electives and courses offered only for S/U credit can be applied to graduation requirements. Students should check with their adviser before electing to take any course that normally is graded A-F as an S/U course.

1 Mathematics Alternatives
MA 141 and MA 241 is a suitable substitute for MA 131 and MA 231.

2 Physiology Requirement (take one of the following options)
BIO 212 Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIO 250 Animal Anatomy & Physiology
PB 321 Introduction to Whole Plant Physiology
PB 421 Plant Physiology

3 Free Electives (take 9 credit hours)
These electives cannot be remedial nor can they be taken at an elementary level after you have taken comparable coursework at a more advanced level. ST 311 is recommended as a Free Elective.  Students interested in graduate school or professional school should check the courses required for admission to the programs to which they plan to apply.

4 Physics Alternatives
PY 205 and PY 208 can be substitutes for PY 211 and PY 212.  PY 205 and PY 208 are calculus-based and require that you take the 40 series of Mathematics1 (MA 141 and MA 241).  PY 201 and PY 202 would also be a suitable substitute for PY 211 and PY 212.  PY 201 and PY 202 are calculus-based, require the 40 series of Mathematics1, and are restricted to students in PAMS.

5 Advanced Writing Requirement (take one course)
Cannot be double-counted for a GEP requirement.
COM 211 Argumentation and Advocacy
ENG 201 Writing Literary Analysis
ENG 214 Introduction to Editing
ENG 232 Literature and Medicine
ENG 233 The Literature of Agriculture
ENG 287 Explorations in Creative Writing
ENG 288 Fiction Writing
ENG 289 Poetry Writing
ENG 292 Writing about Film

ENG 316 Principles of News and Article Writing
ENG 323 Writing in the Rhetorical Tradition
ENG 331 Communication for Engineering and Technology (Junior standing)
ENG 332 Communication for Business and Management (Junior standing)
ENG 333 Communication for Science and Research (Junior standing)
ENG 381 Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop (ENG 215, 287, 288, or 289 required)
ENG 388 Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop (a “B” or better in ENG 288 required)
ENG 389 Intermediate Poetry Writing Workshop (a “B” or better in ENG 289 required)

ENG 416 Advanced News and Article Writing (ENG 215 required)
ENG 417 Editorial and Opinion Writing (ENG 214 and 215 required)
ENG 422 Writing Theory and the Writing Process
ENG 425 Analysis of Scientific and Technical Writing (ENG 314, 331, 332 or 333 required)
ENG 426 Analyzing Style

6 Learning Experience Elective (take one course for 3 credit hours)
Learning experience in an appropriate area, with prior approval by faculty adviser, prospective supervisor, and departmental undergraduate coordinator. Contact and arrangements with prospective supervisors is the responsibility of the student.

BIO 492 External Learning Experience
BIO 493 Special Problems in Biological Sciences
BIO 499 Biology Honors Project, Part 2 (BIO 498 required)

7 Life Science Electives (take 14 credit hours)
Select one option from each of the following four Groups for a total of at least 14 credit hours.
Group I – Animals (take one of the following options)
BIO 315 General Parasitology
BIO 333 Captive Animal Biology
BIO 350 Animal Phylogeny and Diversity
BIO 361 Developmental Biology
BIO 370 -and- BIO 375 Developmental Anatomy of the Vertebrates and Dev. Anatomy Lab
BIO 402 Invertebrate Biology (4 cr)
AEC 441 -and- AEC 442 Biology of Fishes and Biology of Fishes Lab
ENT 402 Forest Entomology
ENT 425 General Entomology
FW 444 or ZO 544 MammalogyAEC 501 Ornithology
ZO 542 Herpetology
Group II – Plants (take one course)
PB 200 Plant Life
PB 250 Plant Biology
PB 400 Plant Structure and Diversity
PB 403 Systematic Botany (Junior standing required)
Group III – Organismal Function (take one of the following options)
BIO 212 Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIO 250 Animal Anatomy & Physiology
BIO/PB 414 Cell Biology
BIO 421 Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology (can choose to take the companion lab as well – BIO 426 Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab)
BIO 422 Biological Clocks
BIO 424 Endocrinology
BIO 488 Neurobiology
BIO/PO 524 Comparative Endocrinology
BIT 410 Manipulation of Recombinant DNA
MB 441 Immunology
NTR 419 Human Nutrition in Health and Disease
NTR/ANS/PO 415 -or- ANS 225 -or- ANS 230 Comparative or Animal Nutrition
PB 321 Introduction to Whole Plant Physiology
PB 421 Plant Physiology
PB 480 Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
PB/BIT 481 Plant Tissue Culture and Transformation
PO 405 Avian Physiology
Group IV – Ecology and Evolution (take one of the following options)
BIO 260 Evolution, Behavior, and Ecology
BIO/PB 330 Evolutionary Biology
BIO/PB 360 Ecology
BIO 410 Animal Behavior
AEC 419/519 Limnology
BIO 440 The Human Animal: An Evolutionary Perspective
AEC 460 Field Ecology and Methods
CS 230 Introduction to Agroecology
FOR 260 Forest Ecology
MEA 250 -and- MEA 251 Introduction to Coastal Environments and Intro Coast Env Lab

Restricted Electives (take 10 credit hours)
Courses may be selected from the Sci & Math Electives list.  Students also can use up to 3 hours of BIO 269 or BIO 492 or BIO 493 or ALS 498/499 (both must be completed) toward t.  Students interested in graduate school or professional school should check the courses required for admission to the programs to which they plan to apply.

 

*General Education Program (GEP) requirements and GEP Footnotes
To complete the requirements for graduation and the General Education Program, the following category credit hours and co-requisites must be satisfied. University approved GEP course lists for each of the following categories can be found at https://oucc.dasa.ncsu.edu/general-education-program/.

Introduction to Writing: ENG 101 (4 credit hours with a C- or better) Must be taken during the first year.
Mathematical Sciences (6 credit hours; one course with MA or ST prefix)
In Biological Sciences, this GEP requirement is met through the Major course requirements.
Natural Sciences (7 credit hours; include one laboratory course or course with a lab)
In Biological Sciences, this GEP requirement is met through the Major course requirements.
Humanities (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list.  Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites.
Social Sciences (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
Choose from the University approved GEP Social Sciences course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites.
Health & Exercise Studies (2 credit hours; at least one 100-level Fitness and Wellness Course)
Choose from the University approved GEP Health & Exercise Studies course list.
Additional Breadth (3 credit hours)
Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list or the GEP Social Sciences course list or the GEP Visual & Performing Arts course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives (5 credit hours)
Choose from the University approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list. Some courses on this list will also meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge co-requisites.

The following Co-Requisites must be satisfied to complete the General Education Program requirements
U.S. Diversity (USD)
Choose from the University approved GEP U.S. Diversity course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the U.S. Diversity (USD) co-requisite.
Global Knowledge (GK)
Choose from the University approved GEP Global Knowledge course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the Global Knowledge (GK) co-requisite.
Foreign Language proficiency Proficiency at the FL_102 level is required for graduation.

 

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