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Biology (BS)

Hours - 56 Credit Hours
Effective Jan. 2020
Last Revised 2/18/2020

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Program Requirements


General Science Core — 19 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
BIOL 112/L Biology I - Cell and Molecular Biology/Lab F, W, S 4.0
BIOL 113 Biology II - Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology F, W, S 3.0
CHEM 105/L General Chemistry I/Lab F, W 4.0
CHEM 106/L General Chemistry II/Lab W, S 4.0
BIOL 490R Current Topics in Biology F, W, S 1.0
BIOL 340 or
MATH 121
Biostatistics
Principles of Statistics
S
F, W, S
3.0


Biology Core — 19-20 Credits

Cell and Molecular Biology — Take 2 lecture and 2 lab courses

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
BIOL 220 Microbiology S 3.0
BIOL 220L Microbiology Lab F, W, S 1.0
BIOL 376 Genetics F, S 3.0
BIOL 441 Molecular Biology F 3.0
BIOL 442 Cellular Biology W 3.0
BIOL 484L or
CHEM 484L
Biomolecular or Biochemistry Methods Lab II – Nucleic Acids F, W, S 1.0
BIOL 485L or
CHEM 485L
Biomolecular or Biochemistry Methods Lab III – Mammalian Cells W 1.0

Organismal Biology — Take 2 courses

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
BIOL 201/L General Botany/Lab S 4.0
BIOL 212/L Marine Biology/Lab F 4.0
BIOL 260/L or
BIOL 260/LC
Human Anatomy/Lab
Human Anatomy/Lab-Cadaver Based
F, W
W
4.0
BIOL 261/L Human Physiology/Lab F, W 4.0
BIOL 302/L Invertebrate Zoology/Lab W 4.0
BIOL 303/L Vertebrate Zoology/Lab F 4.0

Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology — Take 1 course

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
BIOL 204 Pacific Natural History S 2.0
BIOL 204L Pacific Natural History Lab S 2.0
BIOL 248 Conservation Biology W 3.0
BIOL 300/L Animal Behavior/Lab F 4.0
BIOL 348/L Natural Resource Management/Lab W 4.0
BIOL 350 Ecology F 3.0
BIOL 350L Ecology Lab F 1.0
BIOL 374 Evolution and Human Prehistory W 3.0


    Electives — 18 Credits

    The combined credit total of the General Science Core, Biology Core and Electives should equal a minimum of 56 credits. Any Biology course listed on this requirement sheet, which is not taken as part of the General Science Core or Biology Core, can be counted as an elective.

    Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
    BIOL Any Biology Core Course listed above 1.0-3.0
    BIOL 373 Human Embryology F 3.0
    BIOL 390R Special Topics in Biology Variable 3.0-4.0
    BIOL 390RL Special Topics in Biology Laboratory Variable 1.0
    BIOL 460 Advanced Human Anatomy F 3.0
    BIOL 465 Principles of Physiology F 3.0
    BIOL 475 Pathophysiology W 3.0
    BIOL 496LR Student Research F,W,S 1.0
    OCEN 201 Oceanography and Marine Science F,W,S 3.0
    CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry I F, W 3.0
    CHEM 351L Organic Chemistry I Lab F 1.0
    CHEM 352 Organic Chemistry II F, W 3
    CHEM 352L Organic Chemistry II Lab W 1
    CHEM 481 Biochemistry I F, S 3
    CHEM 482 Biochemistry II W 3
    CHEM 483L Biochemistry Methods Lab I – Proteins F, S 1
    PHYS 121/L or Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics/Lab or F, W 4.0
    PHYS 105/L College Physics I/Lab F, S 4.0
    PHYS 106/L or College Physics II/Lab or F, W 4.0
    PHYS 220/L or Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism/Lab or W-even 4.0
    PHYS 221/L Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics/Lab W-odd 4.0


    Biology Major Requirements

    • All students majoring in Biology need to complete a minimum of 24 credits of 300-400 level courses.
    • All students majoring in the Biology program, with or without an emphasis, work towards a B.S. in Biology. Students are not required to complete a specific emphasis in the major. However, those with special interests, who wish to select an emphasis may claim it by completing the emphasis requirements as part of, not in addition to, the Biology major requirements.
    • For students who wish to pursue an advanced degree (MS, PhD, MD, DO, DDS, PA, PT, etc.) we highly recommend the following courses: Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Genetics in addition to other Biology courses as required by the graduate program of interest.

    Grade policy

    All students majoring in Biology are expected to achieve a grade of C- or higher in their major courses. However, we will allow D grades as passing, if the number of credits from D grades is at or less than the allowed maximum (12 credits), as outlined by the BYU-Hawaii policy for graduation requirements.


    Marine Biology Emphasis

    The following courses must be completed within, not in addition to, the Biology major requirements.

    Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
    BIOL 212/L Marine Biology/Lab F 4.0
    BIOL 302/L Invertebrate Zoology/Lab W 4.0
    BIOL 303/L Vertebrate Zoology/Lab F 4.0
    BIOL 376 Genetics F, S 3.0
    BIOL 412/L Coral Reef Ecology/Lab S 4.0
    BIOL 484L Biomolecular Methods Lab II - Nucleic Acids F, W, S 1.0
    OCEN 201 Oceanography and Marine Science F, W, S 3.0


    Molecular and Cell Biology Emphasis

    The following courses must be completed within, not in addition to, the Biology major requirements.

    Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
    BIOL 220 Microbiology S 3.0
    BIOL 220L Microbiology Lab F,W,S 1.0
    BIOL 376 Genetics F, S 3.0
    BIOL 441 Molecular Biology F 3.0
    BIOL 442 Cellular Biology W 3.0
    CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry I F, W 3.0
    CHEM 351L Organic Chemistry I Lab F 1.0
    CHEM 352 Organic Chemistry II F, W 3.0
    CHEM 352L Organic Chemistry II Lab W 1.0
    CHEM 481 Biochemistry I F, S 3.0
    CHEM 483L Biochemistry Methods Lab I – Proteins F, S 1.0
    BIOL 484L or
    CHEM 484L
    Biomolecular or Biochemistry Methods Lab II – Nucleic Acids F,W,S 1.0
    BIOL 485L or
    CHEM 485L
    Biomolecular or Biochemistry Methods Lab III – Mammalian Cells W 1.0


    Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Emphasis

    The following courses must be completed within, not in addition to, the Biology major requirements.

    Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
    BIOL 248 Conservation Biology W 3.0
    BIOL 300/L Animal Behavior/Lab F 4.0
    BIOL 348/L Natural Resource Management/Lab W 4.0
    BIOL 350/L Ecology/Lab F 4.0
    BIOL 374 Evolution and Human Prehistory W 3.0


    Program Outcomes

    Upon completing a major in Biology, students will:

    1. Demonstrate content knowledge of the discipline.
    2. Perform essential laboratory techniques, and employ scientific principles and laboratory skills to solve scientific problems.
    3. Convey scientific ideas and knowledge, in written form, clearly and professionally.
    4. Analyze and evaluate relevant scientific literature.