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Biology – Biological Health Science Option

Our Biology program offers a hands-on approach to learning about the natural sciences. The biology degree allows student to select from three specific course options in either health sciences, zoology or botany. The Biological Health Science option provides students with in-depth study into the human body from anatomy to microbiology. A degree in biology may also prepare students for admittance into a variety of professional health programs.

Program Outcomes

Graduates from our health science option regularly get accepted into graduate schools including medical health programs like those at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

Degree Requirements Open Close

Program: BIOLOGY
Major: Biological Health Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.)
Dept: Biological Sciences
School: Arts and Sciences
Major Code: 006

GENERAL EDUCATION (44 Semester Hours)

Specified General Education Requirements
BIOL 1404 Principles of Biology I (must be passed with a grade of C or higher for a student to be allowed to take further major courses in Biology)
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry I (must be passed with a grade of C)

Communications (9 Hours)
English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213)
Speech Communication (COMM 1233 or 2213)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 Hours)
Political Science (POSC 1513)
American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
Social Science (ECON 2113, GEOG 2723, HIST 3513, or SOC 1113)
Mental and Physical Health (KIN 1113 or PSY 1113)

Science and Mathematics (14 Hours)
Biological Sciences (BIOL 1404)
Physical Sciences (CHEM 1315)
Mathematics (MATH 1303, 1513, 1543, 1613, 2013, 2113, 2143, 2215, or 2283)
Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1513 or CIS 1003)

Humanities (9 Hours)
Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113, 2223, 2313; or PHIL 2113, 2223)
Fine Arts (ART 1003, 1103, 2103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 1123, 3133; THTR 1143, 1183, 2183, or 3183)
Foreign Language (CHTW 1513; FREN 1113; GERM 1113; SPAN 1113, 1223; ASL 1113; NS 1213)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (40 semester hours)

Core (13 semester hours)
BIOL 3404 Genetics
BIOL 3414 Ecology
BIOL 3814 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 4981 Senior Seminar

Biological Health Sciences (27 semester hours)
BIOL 1504 Principles of Biology II
BIOL 2114 Introductory Microbiology
BIOL 3614 Human Physiology
BIOL 3624 Human Anatomy
**Electives in Biological Sciences (BIOL, BOT, CONS, and/or ZOOL) to complete the 40 semester hours

Required Program Support Courses:
CHEM 1415 General Chemistry II
One of the following:
STAT 2153 Statistical Methods
Three to five hours of mathematics above MATH 1543 with approval of advisor.
**excluding BIOL 1143 Medical Terminology and BIOL 1133 Basic Nutrition

NOTE: Major must include 20 semester hours of upper-division courses.

NOTE: For students planning to attend a graduate or health professional school, the following additional courses are highly recommended:
CHEM 3053 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3062 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 3153 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3162 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 4115 Biochemistry I
PHYS 1114 General Physics I
PHYS 1214 General Physics II
MATH 2215 Calculus I
MATH 2315 Calculus II

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