College of Natural and Health Sciences
Contact: Susan M. Keenan, Ph.D., School Director
Location: Ross Hall 2480
Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.
Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.
The program consists of three parts:
- Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
- Required Major Credits
- University-Wide Credits
This emphasis focuses on organismal biology and on field courses. Students completing the program will acquire a background in taxonomy, the diversity of species, and life histories. Students should have an interest in working with plants and animals in a field setting. Undergraduates entering this program should have a strong science and mathematics background in high school or be prepared to do additional remedial work. Students will be prepared to work for public or private sector environmental agencies such as state or federal wildlife agencies, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, various parks and recreation programs or private consulting agencies.
They can also continue their education in graduate programs in the pure or applied biological sciences (botany, zoology, ecology, forestry, wildlife biology).
Program Admission Requirements:
Academic Good Standing
- The State of Colorado has mandated that institutions of higher education assess student outcomes resulting from their college education. The School of Biological Sciences requires that all undergraduate students entering under this Catalog meet the following conditions in addition to meeting the graduation requirements of the University:
- In the senior year of study all undergraduates will take the Educational Testing Service's nationally standardized exam in Biology.
- All Biology majors are required to earn a minimum of a 2.0 grade in all BIO prefix courses taken to meet their major requirements. Students receiving a grade of less than 2.0 in BIO courses taken to meet their major requirements must repeat the courses.
Degree Requirements — 120 Credits
1. Required Specified LAC — 24 credits
LAC area 1.b. — Intermediate Composition
LAC area 2 — Mathematics
|MATH 171||Calculus I for Life Sciences||
|STAT 150||Introduction to Statistical Analysis||
LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences
Remaining LAC — 18 credits
See “Liberal Arts Core ”.
NOTE: Students need to select courses from areas 7 and 8 that also count for areas 3, 4, or 5.
2. Required Major — 71 credits
Take all of the following courses (39 credits):
Organic Chemistry (3-5 credits)
Choose one of the following options:
|CHEM 231||Principles of Organic Chemistry||
| ||Or, complete both:||
|CHEM 331||Organic Chemistry I||
|CHEM 331L||Organic Chemistry I Laboratory||
Physiology (4-6 credits)
Choose one of the following courses:
Earth Science (4 credits)
Choose one of the following courses:
Capstone Professional Experience (1 credit)
Take one credit (chosen in consultation with faculty advisor to help match career goals) from:
|BIO 422||Directed Studies||
|BIO 492||Internship in Biological Sciences||
|BIO 493||Clinical Internship in Biological Sciences||
|BIO 494||Practicum in College Biological Science Instruction||
|BIO 495||Special Topics in Biology||
Biological Science Advanced Study (16-20 credits)
Choose from BIO-prefix courses at the 300 level or higher to bring your Required Major Credits to 71 total.
Please see course listings in the graduate catalog for additional course options (must be a junior with a minimum 3.0 GPA to take graduate level courses). Consult with faculty advisor to match career goals.
3. University-Wide Credits — 7 credits
Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 7 credits.