Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Biological Sciences B.S. – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Mitchell E. McGlaughlin, Ph.D., School Director

Location: Ross Hall 2480

Telephone: 970.351.2921

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/biology

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program. The school's transfer advisor can be reached at 970.351.2921.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

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 interest in Biological Sciences and have completed general high school science and mathematics requirements. Given the technical nature of some required courses, additional preparatory coursework may be required for students with limited previous STEM experience. 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

Program Requirements:

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 a standardized assessment administered by the School of Biological Sciences to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum.
  • Junior and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher are permitted take 500-level courses. Any 500 level BIO prefix courses will be applied to Biological Science Advanced Study requirements. Consult with faculty advisor to ensure courses are appropriate.
  • NOTE: Students completing a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry are exempt from the university policy that a maximum of 12 credit hours can be shared between a major and minor. A student must still complete a minimum of 6 upper-division UNC credits (300-400) or UNC approved Study Abroad credits in the minor. 

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 95 required major credits. 

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study. 

Written Communication — 6 credits

SCI 291 (3) is recommended to fulfill Intermediate Written Communication requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements. 

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

MATH 171 (4) is recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements. 

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation. 

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list. 

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

BIO 110 (4), BIO 111 (4), CHEM 111 (4), CHEM 111L (1) and PHYS 220 (5) are recommended to fulfill Natural & Physical Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 95 credits

Take all of the following courses (51 credits):

BIO 110Biology: Atoms to CellsLAS1LASL

4

BIO 111Biology: Organisms to EcosystemsLAS1LASL

4

BIO 210Cell Biology

3

BIO 220Genetics

4

BIO 351Microbiology

4

BIO 360Ecology

4

BIO 465Evolution

3

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry ILAS1

4

CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I LaboratoryLAS1LASL

1

CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II

4

CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory

1

MATH 171Calculus I for Life SciencesLAX1

4

PHYS 220Introductory Physics ILAS1LASL

5

SCI 291Scientific WritingLAW2

3

STAT 250Statistics for Life Sciences

3

Organic Chemistry (3-5 credits)

Choose one of the following options:

CHEM 231Principles of Organic Chemistry

3

Or, complete both:

CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 331LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

Physiology (4-6 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

BIO 350Human Physiology

4

BIO 354General Plant Physiology

4

Or complete both of the following courses:

BIO 450Cell Physiology

3

BIO 466Animal Physiological Ecology

3

Plant Organismal Biology (3-4 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

BIO 329Field Botany

3

BIO 330Plant Systematics

4

BIO 337Morphogenesis of Algae and Fungi

4

BIO 336Animal Plant Interactions

3

Animal Organismal Biology (3-4 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

BIO 333General Parasitology

4

BIO 334Mammalogy

4

BIO 335Survey of Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles

4

BIO 345Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis

4

BIO 362Principles of Animal Behavior

3

BIO 438Ornithology

4

BIO 466Animal Physiological Ecology

3

Supporting courses (10-13 credits)

Choose three of the following courses, at least one must have a lab:

ANT 332Modern Human Variation

3

ANT 335Primate Behavior

3

ANT 430Human Evolutionary Anatomy

3

CHEM 332Organic Chemistry II

4

CHEM 332LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

ENST 205Environment, Politics and Law

3

ENST 265Conservation of Natural Resources

3

ENST 315Nature & Society

3

or

GEOG 315Nature and Society

3

ENST 321Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment

3

ENST 335Environmental and Resource Economics

3

or

ECON 335Environmental and Resource Economics

3

ENST 345Environmental Geography: Earth at Risk

3

or

GEOG 345Environmental Geography: Earth at Risk

3

ENST 440Biogeography

3

or

GEOG 440Biogeography

3

GEOG 210Introduction to GIS and GPS

3

GEOG 220Climate and Vegetation

3

GEOG 307Geographic Information Science

3

GEOG 391Western Colorado Rivers

3

GEOG 445Landscape Ecology

3

GEOG 449Remote Sensing of the Environment

3

GEOL 201Physical Geology

4

GEOL 202Historical Geology

4

GEOL 340Paleontology

4

GEOL 445Vertebrate Paleontology

3

MET 205General MeteorologyLAS1LASL

4

MET 452Paleoclimatology

3

OCN 301Physical and Chemical Oceanography

4

OCN 302Geological and Biological Oceanography

4

PHYS 221Introductory Physics II

5

Biological Science Advanced Study

Choose from BIO-prefix courses at the 300 level or higher to bring your Required Major Credits to 95 total.

Please see course listings in the graduate catalog for additional course options (must be junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA to take graduate level courses). Consult an advisor to ensure that you are taking courses to match your career goals.

NOTE: A maximum of 3 credits total of BIO 422, BIO 492, BIO 493, BIO 494, BIO 585 and BIO 592 can count towards the fulfillment of this category.

Capstone Professional Experience (1 credit)

Take one credit (chosen in consultation with faculty advisor to help match career goals) from:

BIO 422Directed Studies

1- 3

BIO 492Internship in Biological Sciences

1- 3

BIO 493Clinical Internship in Biological Sciences

1- 3

BIO 494Practicum in College Biological Science Instruction

1- 2

3. University-Wide Credits — 0 credits*

*Note: Students must apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum requirements and the major requirements to complete this degree program in 120 credit hours. Students may have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree depending on the number of credits applied to both the LAC and the major. See your advisor for details.