Biology Program

The curriculum in biology is balanced between the scientific preparation to enter such fields as wildlife biology, environmental science, medicine, teaching and postgraduate work in biology as well as the liberal arts preparation of scientifically literate members of society who have the knowledge to contribute and compete in a rapidly changing world. The biology program offers students an opportunity to gain an appreciation of the biological world, to develop an inquisitive nature and to think scientifically.

The major orientation of the biology program is towards an organismal and ecological approach to the life sciences, emphasizing ecological and evolutionary plant and animal interrelationships. The course work is designed to provide a broad training in most aspects of modern biology and will prepare students for almost any advanced specialty discipline.

The faculty advisor for Biology is Dr. Dan Foley.

Degree Plan for the Bachelor of Science in Biology

Courses Hours
Texas Core Curriculum:
 
Communication
6 s.c.h.
Mathematics
3 s.c.h.
Life and Physical Sciences
6 s.c.h.
Language, Philosophy, & Culture
3 s.c.h.
Creative Arts
3 s.c.h.
American History
6 s.c.h.
Government/Political Science
6 s.c.h.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
3 s.c.h.
Component Area Option
6 s.c.h.
   
Total core curriculum
42 s.c.h.
   
Department course requirements for a major in Biology:  
BIOL 1306/1106 Biology for Science Majors I
3/1 s.c.h.
BIOL 1307/1107 Biology for Science Majors II
3/1 s.c.h.
CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I and Laboratory I
3/1 s.c.h.
CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II and Laboratory II
3/1 s.c.h.
ENGL 3312 Advanced Composition
3 s.c.h.
MTH 3302 Probability and Statistics I
3 s.c.h.
MATH 1314 College Algebra
3 s.c.h.
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry or MATH 2312 Precalculus
3 s.c.h.
   
Total department course requirements 28 s.c.h.
   
Biology course requirements for a major in Biology:  
BIO 3306 Genetics
3/1 s.c.h.
BIO 4301 Cell Biology
3/1 s.c.h.
Two courses chosen from the following:  
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
4 s.c.h.
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
4 s.c.h.
BIOL 2406 Environmental Biology
4 s.c.h.
BIOL 2421 Microbiology of Science Majors
4 s.c.h.
Five additional advanced biology courses chosen from: 3302, 3307, 3401, 3402, 3406, 3407, 4402, 4403, 4404, 4409, 4415 (students may not take 3300) 18-20 s.c.h.
   
Total Biology course hours required for major 32-34 s.c.h.
   
Minor 18 s.c.h.
   
Electives to total 120 s.c.h.
 
Requirements for SRSU Rio Grande College Degree
  1. A minimum of 120 semester credit hours
  2. A minimum of 39 semester credit hours of advanced course work
  3. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours with SRSU-RGC
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better; cumulative GPA for major and minor, 2.0 or better.

Minor

A minor in Biology requires a minimum of eighteen semester credit hours, including a minimum of nine semester credit hours of advanced coursework at SRSU RGC. A maximum of nine semester credit hours of 2000 level or above transfer courses can be used. BIO 3300 will not count toward the minor in Biology.