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The Department of Biological Sciences offers a comprehensive background in biology for teacher preparation, graduate studies, and for professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in biochemistry, biological sciences, and microbiology. All degrees require a core of departmental courses that include BIOL 1201 , BIOL 1202 , BIOL 1208 , BIOL 1209 , BIOL 2051 , BIOL 2153 , BIOL 3040 , and either BIOL 4087 or BIOL 4093 and BIOL 4094 . In addition, all students are required to take 17-22 hours of electives from courses numbered 3000 and above in biological sciences that include two courses with laboratories and at least one course from three of four departmental groupings (described below). Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences may fulfill the requirement for 17 hours of electives with courses from all areas of the department while students seeking the biochemistry and microbiology degrees take courses specific to those degrees. All students in the department may earn a maximum of six hours of BIOL 3999 . A maximum of three hours of BIOL 3999 may be taken as advanced biochemistry, biological sciences, or microbiology electives. BIOL 3999 may not be used as a laboratory course. Students may earn more than one degree in the department but biological science courses numbered 3000 and above (excluding the core biochemistry courses) may only be applied to one degree. This policy also applies to transfer students who enter with a degree earned in one of the Department of Biological Sciences majors. Majors in the department are ineligible for the departmental minor.
Admission into the Department of Biological Sciences
In addition to admission to the College of Science, entry into any of the three majors (biochemistry, biological sciences, and microbiology) in the Department of Biological Sciences requires earned credit in BIOL 1201 and BIOL 1202 ; CHEM 1201 ; and MATH 1550 .