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 program will require completion of 120 hours of work including 66 hours of general education, 33-34 hours of major courses, 18 hours of minor courses, and 2-4 hours of electives.

The faculty advisor for Biology is Dr. Dan Foley.

Degree Plan for the Bachelor of Science in Biology

Courses Hours
General Education
English 1301, 1302
6 s.c.h.
English Literature
3 s.c.h.
Advanced English
3 s.c.h.
U. S. History: HST 1301, 1302
6 s.c.h.
U. S. Government: GOVT 2301, 2302
6 s.c.h.
Computer Science
3 s.c.h.
Fine Arts (no performance courses)
3 s.c.h.
Laboratory Sciences: BIOL 1406, 1407; CHEM 1311 & LAB 1111, CHEM 1312 & LAB 1112
16 s.c.h.
Social Science
3 s.c.h.
Multicultural Courses: HST 3302, 3308, 3313, SPN 3320 (SWTJC HIST 2380 may not be used to replace HST 3313)
3 s.c.h.
6 s.c.h.
Statistics: MTH 3302
3 s.c.h.
3 s.c.h.
Physical Education
2 s.c.h.
Total General Education
66 s.c.h.
Major 32-34 s.c.h.
Select 8 s.c.h. from: BIO 2401, 2402, 2406, 2421
8 s.c.h.
BIO 3306
3 s.c.h.
BIO 4301
3 s.c.h.
Select 18-20 s.c.h. from: BIO 3302, 3307, 3401, 3402, 3406, 3407, 4402, 4403, 4404, 4409, 4415
18-20 s.c.h.
Minor 18 s.c.h.
Electives 2-4 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 in residency with SRSU-RGC
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better; cumulative GPA for major and minor, 2.0 or beter


Students must complete a minor of at least eighteen semester credit hours, including a minimum of nine semester credit hours of advanced coursework in residence at SRSU-RGC. A maximum of nine semester credit hours of transfer courses can be used.