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UCCS Academic Catalog 2012-2013

    University of Colorado Colorado Springs
   
 
  Nov 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Biology, BS


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Biology majors survey the origins, maintenance, and conservation of biological diversity, as well as the molecular, genetic, and cellular basis of life. Students have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics, which include the complex interactions that exist among organisms and their environments, as well as the biological processes that underlie molecular and organismic evolution, cellular function, embryonic development, nutrition, exercise science, biomechanics, and health.

Biology, BS majors pursue one of the following degrees:

1.  BS Biology Degree

The Biology Degree program is designed for students seeking a broad understanding of biologically related processes. Students choose from a set of diverse electives spanning the breadth of biological disciplines, including courses in physiology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, ecology, and evolution. This degree prepares students for entry into graduate programs, and careers in biotechnology, research, policy, education, and health-related professions.

2.  BS Biology Degree with a Biomedical Sciences Option

The Biomedical Sciences Option is designed specifically for students seeking a curriculum with emphasis on the biology of human health and disease. In this option, students choose among an extensive set of electives, including human anatomy, physiology, nutrition and epidemiology. This option prepares students for health-related professions and graduate programs. It is recommended that students seeking the Biomedical Science Option declare so to an advisor by the end of their freshman year.

Learning Outcomes, Biology, BS and Biology, BS with Biomedical Sciences Option

  • Students should be able to apply the scientific method: formulate a testable hypothesis, design and conduct scientific investigation, and interpret study findings.
  • Students should understand the fundamental processes of cells that are interwoven within one large biochemical network.
  • Students should be able to: 1) Explain from a biochemical perspective how genetic information is stored, expressed and inherited, and 2) Explain the inheritance patterns of traits, and what factors influence the prevalence of traits.
  • Students should be able to identify the major classes of macromolecules, to recognize the principal biosynthetic and energy pathways of living organisms, and to understand the connections between biological systems and the molecular structures of their constituent parts.
  • Students should be able to identify evidence to support common descent of all living organisms, to understand the factors that contribute to and the consequences of evolutionary change, and to apply “evolutionary thinking” to explain biological phenomena. (This learning outcome is not an expectation for students in the Biomedical Sciences Option.)

General Requirements

Credit Hours
The biology major requires 46 credit hours of coursework in biology, 16 of which must be upper division (3000+ level).

Grades
All required major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Independent Study/Externships
A maximum of 8 credit hours taken in the following may count toward the major.

All upper-division courses should be taken after General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and General Physics. FAILURE TO TAKE COURSES IN THE RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE WILL RESULT IN FUTURE SCHEDULING CONFLICTS.

BS Biology Degree - Course Requirements


Physiology (3-4 Credit Hours)


Complete one of the following.

Evolution and Ecology (2-4 Credit Hours)


Complete one of the following.

Plant Biology (3 Credit Hours)


Complete one of the following.

Biology Electives 2000+ level (9 Credit Hours)


May include the following:

General Electives (can be Biology) (3 Credit Hours)


Complete additional credit hours to make total degree and upper-division hours.

Upper-Division Laboratory Course


At least one course for the Physiology, Cellular and Molecular, Evolution and Ecology, Plant Biology, or Biology electives must be from the following list of lab courses.

BS Biology Degree with Biomedical Sciences Option - Course Requirements


General Electives - can be from Restricted Elective Courses list above, if not already counted (9-12 Credit Hours)


Complete additional courses to meet total and upper-division requirements for your degree program.

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