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Department Chair

  • Shane Gold, Chair (goldr@byuh.edu)
    McKay 140B, (808) 675-3681, Fax (808) 675-3825

Academic Advisor

Science Office Manager

  • Nola PoutoaScience Office Manager (poutoan@byuh.edu)
    McKay 138D, (808) 675-3801

Science Stockroom Manager

Professors

  • Goodwill, Roger (1994) B.S. 1966, Brigham Young University; M.S. 1975, Brigham Young University; D.A. 1983, Idaho State University

Associate Professor

  • Bruner, Philip L. (1978) B.S. 1970, Church College of Hawaii; M.S. 1974, Louisiana State University.
  • Gold, R. Shane (2004) B.S. 1992, University of Nebraska - Lincoln; M.S. 1994, University of Nebraska - Lincoln; Ph.D. 2002, Texas A&M University.

Assistant Professors

  • Bybee, David (2007) B.S. 1997, Brigham Young University; PhD 2006, University of Hawaii
  • Smith, Brad (2013) B.S. 2003, Texas A&M University; PhD 2006 Texas A&M University.
  • Weeks, Colby (2010) B.S. 2001, Brigham Young University; PhD 2006 University of California-Irvine.

Emeritus Faculty

  • Anderson, Dean M. (1997)
  • Day, Randy L. (2012)
  • Nicholes, Henry J. (1975)
  • Winget, Robert N. (2007)

The Discipline


The Biology major provides a rigorous research-based education for students, with a basic foundation in the life sciences. Special emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for students to participate in meaningful research in areas such as anatomy, genetics, physiology, molecular biology, evolution, natural history, and marine biology. This major seeks to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, government service, industry, research, and the medical professions.

Career Opportunities


With further education, career opportunities for Biomedical Science graduates include medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, chiropractics, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physician

assistant, and other allied health professions. General Biology majors can utilize their degree to obtain careers in areas such as wildlife management, forestry conservation, environmental quality consulting, technical work, and park services. Students interested in aquaria, ocean conservation, marine research, and fisheries can use Marine Biology to prepare them for entrance into these fields. The study of Molecular Biology major has particular value for students preparing for jobs in genetics, consulting, research, forensics, and bioinformatics. The Biology Education Program, a cooperative program with the School of Education, is designed to prepare teachers to teach Biology in junior high or high school.

All Biology Major tracks provide opportunities for a variety of post-baccalaureate studies.

Program Outcomes


Upon completing a major in Biology, students will:

  1. Understand what makes life unique.
  2. Be able to describe the history of life from a biological perspective.
  3. Understand the unifying principles of biology.
  4. Recognize and discuss current biological issues and their impact on society.
  5. Demonstrate content knowledge of the discipline.
  6. Read, write, and understand biological literature.
  7. Learn how to conduct research through use of the scientific method.
  8. Realize appropriate stewardship accountabilities and the need to help improve society.

 

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Admission to All Programs

All undergraduate degree programs in the Department of Biology are open enrollment.

Major and Minor Requirements

In addition to completing a set of Science Core requirements, each student will select one of four possible major tracts: General Biology, Marine Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Molecular Biology.

  1. A minimum of 60 hours is required of all biology majors to include 15 hours of Science Core, 8 hours of Chemistry Core, and 12-20 hours of Biology Core requirements (depending on track), and 0-20 hours of Major Emphasis requirements (depending on track), and 5-18 hours of Emphasis Elective requirements (depending on track).
  2. Courses accepted for completing Major Elective requirements for each Biology major tract are specified below. BIOL 100, BIOL 199R, BIOL 399R, and BIOL 496R cannot be counted as elective credits. In addition, only one credit of 495R can be counted for elective credit.
  3. No grade lower than C- will be accepted as fulfilling major or minor requirements.
  4. A student will be dropped as a biology major or minor after two unsuccessful attempts at passing a core or elective biology class.
  5. For B.S. Biology Education requirements see Secondary Education portion of catalog.

B.S. Biology (60 hours)

Core Requirements

All Biology majors must complete a set of core requirements as composing the Science Core and the Chemistry Core , for a total of 23 hours.

Science Core (15 hours)

  • BIOL 112 General Biology (meets Biological Science General Education requirement) (3)
  • CHEM 105/L General Chemistry I (meets Physical Science General Education requirement) (4)
  • CHEM 106/L General Chemistry II (4)
  • BIOL 265/L Molecular & Cellular Biology (4)

Chemistry Core Requirements (8 hours)

  • CHEM 251/L Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 252/L Organic Chemistry II (4)

B.S. Biology: Major Emphasis Track Requirements

Each Biology major must select one of the four Emphasis tracks: General Biology, Marine Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Molecular Biology.

  1. General Biology (60 hours):

    Science Core (15 hours)
    Chemistry Core (8 hours)
    Biology Core - General Track (20 hours)

    • BIOL 201/L General Botany (4)
    • BIOL 206/L General Zoology (4)
    • BIOL 220/L Microbiology/Lab (4)
    • BIOL 376/L Genetics/Lab (4)
    • BIOL 491L Research and Thesis I (1)
    • BIOL 492L Research and Thesis II (1)
    • BIOL 493L Research and Thesis III (1)
    • BIOL 494L Research and Thesis IV (1)

    General Biology Emphasis Electives (choose 17 hours) – at least 13 hours must be 300-400 level

    Students must complete a total of 17 Emphasis Elective credits from the list below, with a minimum of 13 hours from the 300 & 400 levels.

    • BIOL 204/L Pacific Natural History (4)
    • BIOL 212/L Marine Biology (4)
    • BIOL 248/L Conservation Biology (4)
    • BIOL 260/L Elementary Human Anatomy (3)
    • BIOL 261/L Elementary Human Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 300/L Animal Behavior (4)
    • BIOL 320/L Pathogenic Microbiology (4)
    • BIOL 330/L Bioinformatics (4)
    • BIOL 340 Biostatistics (3)
    • BIOL 350/L General Ecology (4)
    • BIOL 374 Evolution and Human Prehistory (3)
    • BIOL 383/L Histology & Developmental Biology (4)
    • BIOL 390R Special Topics in Biology (1-4)
    • BIOL 412/L Marine Ecology (4)
    • BIOL 441/L Advanced Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 442/L Advanced Cellular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 445/L Immunology (4)
    • BIOL 460 Advanced Human Anatomy (3)
    • BIOL 465/L Principles of Physiology (4)
    • CHEM 381/L Biochemistry I (4)
  2. Marine Biology (60 hours):

    Science Core (15 hours)
    Chemistry Core (8 hours)
    Biology Core - Marine Track (16 hours)

    • BIOL 201/L General Botany (4)
    • BIOL 206/L General Zoology (4)
    • BIOL 376/L Genetics/Lab (4)
    • BIOL 491L Research and Thesis I (1)
    • BIOL 492L Research and Thesis II (1)
    • BIOL 493L Research and Thesis III (1)
    • BIOL 494L Research and Thesis IV (1)

    Marine Biology Emphasis Requirement (12 hours)

    • BIOL 212/L Marine Biology (4)
    • BIOL 222/L Marine Microbiology/ Lab (4)
    • BIOL 412/L Marine Ecology (4)

    Marine Biology Emphasis Electives (9 hours)

    Students must complete a total of 9 Emphasis Elective credits from the list below, with a minimum of 2 course choices from the 300 & 400 levels. Only one Physical Science course (either CHEM 381/L or OCEN 201) will be accepted as fulfilling Marine Biology Emphasis Elective Requirements.

    • BIOL 204/L Pacific Natural History (4)
    • BIOL 248/L Conservation Biology (4)
    • BIOL 261/L Elementary Human Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 300/L Animal Behavior (4)
    • BIOL 330/L Bioinformatics (4)
    • BIOL 340 Biostatistics (3)
    • BIOL 350/L General Ecology (4)
    • BIOL 374 Evolution and Human Prehistory (3)
    • BIOL 390R Special Topics in Biology (1-4)
    • BIOL 465/L Principles of Physiology (4)
    • OCEN 201 or CHEM 381/L Biochemistry I (3-4)
  3. Biomedical Sciences (60 hours):

    Science Core (15 hours)
    Chemistry Core (8 hours)
    Biology Core - Biomedical Sciences Track (12 hours)

    • BIOL 220/L Microbiology (4)
    • BIOL 376/L Genetics/Lab (4)
    • BIOL 491L Research and Thesis I (1)
    • BIOL 492L Research and Thesis II (1)
    • BIOL 493L Research and Thesis III (1)
    • BIOL 494L Research and Thesis IV (1)

    Biomedical Sciences Emphasis Requirement (7 hours)

    • BIOL 260/L Elementary Human Anatomy/Lab (3)
    • Choose one (4):
      • BIOL 261/L Elementary Human Physiology (4) OR
      • BIOL 465/L Principles of Physiology (4)

    Biomedical Sciences Emphasis Electives (18 hours)

    Students must complete a total of 18 Emphasis Elective credits from the list below, with a minimum of 4 course choices from the 300 & 400 levels.*Credit earned from BIOL 261/L and BIOL 465/L can only be applied once towards the 60 credit requirement of the Biomedical Sciences Emphasis Electives requirements.

    • BIOL 261/L Elementary Human Physiology (4)*
    • BIOL 320/L Pathogenic Micro Biology (4)
    • BIOL 330/L Bioinformatics (4)
    • BIOL 340 Biostatistics (3)
    • BIOL 350/L General Ecology/Lab (4)
    • BIOL 374 Evolution and Human Prehistory (3)
    • BIOL 383/L Histology and Developmental Biology (4)
    • BIOL 390R Special Topics in Biology (1-4)
    • BIOL 441/L Advanced Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 442/L Advanced Cellular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 445/L Immunology (4)
    • BIOL 460 Advanced Human Anatomy (3)
    • BIOL 465/L Principles of Physiology (4)*
    • CHEM 381/L Biochemistry I (4)
  4. Molecular Biology (60 hours):

    Science Core (15 hours)
    Chemistry Core (8 hours)
    Biology Core - Molecular Biology Track (12 hours)

    • BIOL 220/L Microbiology (4)
    • BIOL 376/L Genetics/Lab (4)
    • BIOL 491L Research and Thesis I (1)
    • BIOL 492L Research and Thesis II (1)
    • BIOL 493L Research and Thesis III (1)
    • BIOL 494L Research and Thesis IV (1)

    Molecular Biology Emphasis Requirement (20 hours)

    Choose one (4):

    • BIOL 201/L Botany (4) OR BIOL 206/L Zoology (4)
    • BIOL 330/L Bioinformatics (4)
    • BIOL 441/L Advanced Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 442/L Advanced Cellular Biology (4)
    • CHEM 381/L Biochemistry I (4)

    Molecular Biology Emphasis Electives (5 hours)

    Students must complete a total of 5 Emphasis Elective credits from the list below.

    • BIOL 320/L Pathogenic Micro Biology (4)
    • BIOL 340 Biostatistics (3)
    • BIOL 445/L Immunology (4)

B.S. Biology Education (86 hours)

See Secondary Education » Learn more.


Biological Sciences Minor (19 hours)

All Biology minors must take BIOL 112, CHEM 105/L, and BIOL 265/L, plus an additional 8 hours of Biology course work from the list below. BIOL 100, BIOL 199R, BIOL 399R, BIOL 491L-494L, and BIOL 496R cannot be counted toward Minor requirements.

  • BIOL 112 General Biology (3)
  • CHEM 105/L General Chemistry I (4)
  • BIOL 265/L Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 201/L General Botany/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 206/L General Zoology/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 204/L Pacific of Natural History (4)
  • BIOL 212/L Marine Biology (4)
  • BIOL 220/L Microbiology (4)
  • BIOL 248/L Conservation Biology (4)
  • BIOL 260/L Elementary Human Anatomy (3)
  • BIOL 261/L Elementary Human Physiology (4)
  • BIOL 300/L Animal Behavior (4)
  • BIOL 320/L Pathogenic Microbiology (4)
  • BIOL 330/L Bioinformatics (4)
  • BIOL 340 Biostatistics (3)
  • BIOL 350/L General Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 374 Evolution and Human Prehistory (3)
  • BIOL 376/L Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 383/L Histology & Developmental Biology (4)
  • BIOL 390R Special Topics in Biology (1-4)
  • BIOL 412/L Marine Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 441/L Advanced Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 442/L Advanced Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 445/L Immunology (4)
  • BIOL 460 Advanced Human Anatomy (3)
  • BIOL 465/L Principles of Physiology (4)

Graduate School Prerequisite and Entrance Exam Preparation

The following courses are neither required by any Biology major emphasis or Biological Sciences minor, nor count as fulfilling Biology Emphasis Elective requirements, but are recommended for Graduate School Prerequisites and Entrance Exam Preparation.

  • MATH 112 Calculus I (5)
  • PHYS 121/L General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 122/L General Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 221/L General Physics III (4)