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Requirements for the BS degree in Biological Sciences consist of the general College of Science requirements: completion of at least 120 semester credit hours, a minimum of 37 of which must be in upper division coursework and completion of the University's General Education Core, which includes mathematics requirements MATH 1411 and either MATH 1312 or STAT 2480.

Degree Plan

BS in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in 7-12 Life Science

Education Concentration Required
This minor requires the Secondary Education concentration.
Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Life Science 7-12 Certification (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 16
Laboratory for CHEM 1305 (1)
Laboratory for CHEM 1306 (1)
General Chemistry (3)
General Chemistry (C) (3)
General Physics I (C) (4)
Select one of the following:3
Calculus I (4)
Calculus II (3)
Elementary Statistical Methods (4)
Geology Sequence:
Select one of the following:3
Intro to Physical Geology (C) (3)
Principles of Earth Sciences
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Select one of the following:
GEOL 1314Intro to Historical Geol (C)3
GEOL 1212
GEOL 1112
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
3
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Biology Major
Required Courses:
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I C1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory C1
BIOL 1305General Biology C3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology C3
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
BIOL 3320Genetics3
BIOL 3321Evolution3
CHEM 2124Lab for Organic Chemistry 23241
CHEM 2324Organic Chemistry3
Required:4
Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
Select two courses of the following:8
General Botany
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
Vertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Select one of the following:4
Mammalian Physiology
Molecular Cell Biology
and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
Vertebrate Physiology
and Vertebrate Physiology Methods
Select one of the following:4
Desert Ecology
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Entomology
Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Birds and Mammals
Select three hours of the following:
Desert Ecology
Special Problems
Field Biology
Additional Coursework:
Select two additional hours of coursework2
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School3
SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Total Hours122
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required of all Bachelor of Science degrees.

C

Course requires a grade of C or better

Concentrations

Most entering full-time students who have declared an intent to major in Biological Sciences, and who are taking a balanced course load of science/math and general education courses, will find a great deal of congruency within the degree paths for the different concentrations.  By the middle of the second year of study, however, the specific requirements for the concentration in Biomedicine (and the B.S. degree in Microbiology and in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry) versus the Ecology/Evolution and Secondary Education concentrations diverge rapidly.

  • 8-12 Life Science Certification and 8-12 Science Certification
    The two Secondary Education Concentrations are for —Biological Sciences majors wishing to achieve secondary education certification as they complete the BS degree.  These options require a minor in Secondary Education that follows certification tracks for either Science or Life Science for grades 8-12. The major and minor requirements for these tracks are the same, but the additional science requirements are different for the Science versus Life Science certification. Adequate scores on state-administered examinations after completion of all coursework are also required for teacher certification.
  • Biomedical Science                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Students preparing for careers in the health sciences or for postgraduate study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, or advanced degrees in    physiology, neurobiology, cell or molecular biology should (in consultation with their Advisor) consider the Biomedical Science option.  That consultation should include a discussion of the alternatives provided by other departmental degrees (Microbiology, Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry) in the context of the student's post-baccalaureate plans.
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology                                                                                                                                                                                                      Students preparing for careers and/or advanced degrees in such fields as ecology, evolutionary biology, systematics, zoology, plant science, conservation biology, or wildlife management should select the Ecology/Evolutionary Biology option.  The 24 semester hours allocated to Field of Study requirements provide an opportunity for the student to enhance their lower and upper division coursework opportunities across a large span of biological disciplines.

BS in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in 7-12 Science

Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Science 7-12 Certification (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 16
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
and Principles of Earth Science
Principles of Earth Sciences
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Select one of the following:3
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
Select one of the following:
Calculus II
Calculus I
Elementary Statistical Methods
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Biology Major
Required Courses:
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I C1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory C1
BIOL 1305General Biology C3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology C3
BIOL 3117Ecology Laboratory1
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
BIOL 3316Ecology3
BIOL 3320Genetics3
BIOL 3321Evolution3
Select two courses of the following:8
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
General Botany
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
Vertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Select one of the following:3
Plants and People
Plant Ecology
Plant Diversity & Systematics
Select one of the following:4
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Animal Ecology
Entomology
Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Birds and Mammals
Additional Coursework:
Select an additional four upper-division hours of BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL4
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School3
SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework 2
Total Hours113
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required for all Bachelor of Science degrees.

C

Course requires a grade of C or better

BS in Biological Sciences with a Concentration

Biology Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
Math Sequence:
Select one of the following:1-4
Calculus II
Elementary Statistical Methods
Physics Sequence:
Select one of the following:8
General Physics I (C)
and General Physics II (C)
OR
Introductory Mechanics
and Laboratory for PHYS 2320
AND
Introductory Electromagnetism
and Laboratory for PHYS 2321
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Concentration
Complete a concentration64
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework 237
Total Hours164-167
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required for all Bachelor of Science degrees.

Concentration in Biomedical Science

Biomedical Concentration
Required Courses:
BIOL 1305General Biology C3
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I C1
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology C3
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory C1
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
BIOL 3314
BIOL 3115
Molecular Cell Biology
and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
4
BIOL 4388Mammalian Physiology3
or ZOOL 4380 Vertebrate Physiology
MICR 2340
MICR 2141
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
4
ZOOL 4181Vertebrate Physiology Methods1
Required Chemistry Couses:
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
4
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry (C)
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
4
CHEM 2324
CHEM 2124
Organic Chemistry
and Lab for Organic Chemistry 2324
4
CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
Organic Chemistry
and Lab for Organic Chemistry 2325
4
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
or CHEM 3332 Biochem II: Dynam & Bioenerg
Upper-Division Electives:
Select twelve hours 112
Additional Coursework:
Select thirteen additional hours of upper divsion coursework13
Total Hours65
1

BIOL 3320 Genetics is strongly recommended

C

Course requires a grade of C or better

Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biol

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Required Courses: 1
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I C
4
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1108
Organismal Biology
and Organismal Biology Laboratory C
4
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
BIOL 3320Genetics3
BIOL 3321Evolution3
BIOL 3117
BIOL 3316
Ecology Laboratory
and Ecology
4
Designated Core
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
4
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry (C)
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
4
Choose one sequence from the following:8
GEOL 1211
GEOL 1111
Principles of Earth Sciences
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
3
GEOL 1212
GEOL 1112
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
3
PHYS 1403
PHYS 1404
General Physics I (C)
and General Physics II (C)
8
PHYS 2320
PHYS 2120
Introductory Mechanics
and Laboratory for PHYS 2320
4
PHYS 2321
PHYS 2121
Introductory Electromagnetism
and Laboratory for PHYS 2321
4
Lower-Division Courses:
Select eight lower-division hours from: 10
BOT 2410General Botany4
MICR 2340
MICR 2141
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
4
ZOOL 2406Vertebrate Zoology4
ZOOL 2466Invertebrate Zoology4
Upper-division courses #1
Select one course from the list below
Plants and People
Plant Ecology
Plant Diversity & Systematics
Upper division course #2
Select one course from the following
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Animal Ecology
Entomology
Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Birds and Mammals
Major Electives
Select seven upper division hours of BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL
Field of Study:
Select twenty-four hours with at least thirteen hours being upper-division; any courses in CHEM, ESCI, GEOG, GEOP, or additional courses in BIOL, BOT, MICR or ZOOL are recommended; courses from all other subjects require departmental approval24
Total Hours107
1

This area requires forty hours in total.

2

At least two of the following are strongly recommended: BOT 2410 General Botany, ZOOL 2406 Vertebrate Zoology, ZOOL 2466 Invertebrate Zoology

C

Course requires a grade of C or better

Upper-Division Courses

BIOL 3115Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory1
BIOL 3117Ecology Laboratory1
BIOL 3314Molecular Cell Biology3
BIOL 3316Ecology3
BIOL 3342Plants and People3
BIOL 3351Toxicology3
BIOL 3357Forensic DNA Analysis3
BIOL 4195Advanced Methods in Biology1
BIOL 4198Special Problems1
BIOL 4223Trans Electron Microscopy2
BIOL 4225Field Biology2
BIOL 4298Special Problems2
BIOL 4320Endocrinology3
BIOL 4322Biol Ultrastruc Interpretation3
BIOL 4324Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh3
BIOL 4325Field Biology3
BIOL 4327Animal Ecology3
BIOL 4330Cancer Biology3
BIOL 4370History/Philosophy-Biology3
BIOL 4388Mammalian Physiology3
BIOL 4390Biological Practicum3
BIOL 4395Topics in Biology3
BIOL 4398Special Problems3
BOT 3330Comparative Plant Morphology3
MICR 3144Pathogenic Microbiology Lab1
MICR 3146Microbial Physiology Lab1
MICR 3328Microorganisms in Ecosystems3
MICR 3343Pathogenic Microbiology3
MICR 3345Microbial Physiology3
MICR 4154Immunology Laboratory1
MICR 4329Epidemiology3
MICR 4351General Virology3
MICR 4353Immunology3
MICR 4355Medical Mycology3
ZOOL 4155Vertebrate Paleontology Tech1
ZOOL 4157Adv Vertebrate Paleontology1
ZOOL 4181Vertebrate Physiology Methods1
ZOOL 4354Paleozoic & Mesozoic Vert Pale3
ZOOL 4356Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontol3
ZOOL 4380Vertebrate Physiology3
ZOOL 4384Neurobiology3

Major Electives

BIOL 1203Introductory Biology2
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)1
BIOL 2311Human Anat/Physiology I (C)3
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II (C)3
BIOL 3115Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory1
BIOL 3117Ecology Laboratory1
BIOL 3314Molecular Cell Biology3
BIOL 3316Ecology3
BIOL 3330Histology3
BIOL 3342Plants and People3
BIOL 3351Toxicology3
BIOL 3357Forensic DNA Analysis3
BIOL 3360Quantitative Methods Ecology3
BIOL 3417Plant Ecology4
BIOL 3427Desert Ecology4
BIOL 4195Advanced Methods in Biology1
BIOL 4198Special Problems1
BIOL 4223Trans Electron Microscopy2
BIOL 4225Field Biology2
BIOL 4298Special Problems2
BIOL 4320Endocrinology3
BIOL 4322Biol Ultrastruc Interpretation3
BIOL 4324Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh3
BIOL 4325Field Biology3
BIOL 4326Bioarchaeology3
BIOL 4327Animal Ecology3
BIOL 4330Cancer Biology3
BIOL 4370History/Philosophy-Biology3
BIOL 4388Mammalian Physiology3
BIOL 4390Biological Practicum3
BIOL 4395Topics in Biology3
BIOL 4398Special Problems3
BIOL 4428Environmnt Stressor in Ecosyst4
BIOL 4466Ecosystem Ecology4
BOT 2410General Botany4
BOT 3330Comparative Plant Morphology3
BOT 3437Plant Diversity & Systematics4
MICR 2141Gen Microbiology Laboratory1
MICR 2330Microorganisms and Disease3
MICR 2340General Microbiology3
MICR 3144Pathogenic Microbiology Lab1
MICR 3146Microbial Physiology Lab1
MICR 3328Microorganisms in Ecosystems3
MICR 3343Pathogenic Microbiology3
MICR 3345Microbial Physiology3
MICR 3449Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics4
MICR 4154Immunology Laboratory1
MICR 4329Epidemiology3
MICR 4351General Virology3
MICR 4353Immunology3
MICR 4355Medical Mycology3
ZOOL 2406Vertebrate Zoology4
ZOOL 2466Invertebrate Zoology4
ZOOL 3464Medical Parasitology4
ZOOL 3468Entomology4
ZOOL 4155Vertebrate Paleontology Tech1
ZOOL 4157Adv Vertebrate Paleontology1
ZOOL 4181Vertebrate Physiology Methods1
ZOOL 4354Paleozoic & Mesozoic Vert Pale3
ZOOL 4356Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontol3
ZOOL 4380Vertebrate Physiology3
ZOOL 4384Neurobiology3
ZOOL 4476Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles4
ZOOL 4478Birds and Mammals4

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Laboratory for PHYS 2321
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6