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Biology course catalog
TIERNEY R. BROSIUS, Associate Professor
B.S., Wayne State College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
KRISTIN DOUGLAS, Associate Dean of the College, Professor
A.S., Waubonsee Community College; B.S., Iowa; M.S., Ph.D., Michigan
KEVIN FLAHERTY, Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Iowa; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
C. KEVIN GEEDEY, Professor
B.A., B.S., Ohio State; Ph.D., Michigan State
SCOTT GEHLER, Associate Professor
B.A., Cornell College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
STEPHEN B. HAGER, Professor
B.A., M.A., California State; Ph.D., New Mexico State
BRADLEY KENNEDY, Cadaver Dissection Coordinator, Instructor
B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.S., Creighton University
JASON A. KOONTZ, Professor
B.S., Iowa State; M.S., Miami University (Ohio); Ph.D., Washington State
TROY M. LARSON, Assistant Professor
B.A., Augustana College; M.S. Bradley University; Ph.D., Illinois State University
RAFAEL MEDINA, Assistant Professor
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
TIMOTHY MUIR, Associate Professor
B.A., Kalamazoo; M.S., Ph.D., Miami University (Ohio)
KIMBERLY MURPHY, Associate Professor, Chair
B.A., Winona State; Ph.D., Washington State
LORI R. SCOTT, Professor
B.S., Manchester; M.S., Ph.D., Illinois State
DARA L. WEGMAN-GEEDEY, Professor
B.S., Mount Union; Ph.D., Delaware
YOUNG YOO, Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Potential majors in biology and the pre-health science advising areas must begin their curriculum with one year of general chemistry (CHEM-131 and CHEM-132), and the major with BIOL-130 and BIOL-140.
NOTE: A student majoring in Biology may not also major in Pre-Medicine.
MAJOR IN BIOLOGY. 32 credits, including three core courses (BIOL-130, 140, 250), an approved 4cr SI, and 16 elective credits at the 300-400 level. Also 1 year of General Chemistry (CHEM-131 and 132).
BIOL-130 and BIOL-140 must be completed within one year of declaring the major; BIOL-250 must be completed within two years of declaring the major. A student who completes a sanctioned SI experience as a requirement of a second major may substitute a non-SI biology course at the 200 level or above for the 4-credit SI experiences listed above, with prior approval granted by the departmental coordinator. A student can count multiple courses from BIOL-464, BIOL-465, BIOL-466 toward the biology major; because the option to enroll in additional SI courses is based on enrollment demands, prior approval must be granted by the departmental coordinator. A student can apply only 2 credits from this list toward the biology major: BIOL-299, BIOL-399, BIOL-499, BIOL-400, BIOL-INTR-xx. Required supporting courses (8 credits): CHEM-131 and CHEM-132 or equivalent. Recommended supporting courses: statistics and computer science. Additional recommended supporting courses for students expecting to work toward a M.S. or Ph.D. in the biological sciences: CHEM-321, CHEM-322; MATH-160; PHYS-151, PHYS-152 or PHYS-211, PHYS-212.
MAJOR IN BIOLOGY EDUCATION. 28 credits, including BIOL-130, BIOL-140, BIOL-250, BIOL-310, BIOL-343, One of BIOL-360 or BIOL-362, one of BIOL-386 or BIOL -387; one 4 credit SI experience from biology chosen from BIOL-464, BIOL-465, BIOL-466 or the combination of EDUC-422, EDUC-450 and INTR-EDA90 as part of the Secondary Education program. See the Director of Secondary Education for more details. Required supporting courses (28 credits): CHEM-131, CHEM132, PHYS-151, PHYS-152, ASTR-142, GEOG-105, GEOL-101
MINOR IN BIOLOGY. 20 credits, including 130, 140, 250, and 8 elective credits at the 300-400 level. Also 1 year of General Chemistry (CHEM-131 and 132). A student can apply only 2 credits from this list toward the biology major: BIOL-299, BIOL-399, BIOL-499, BIOL-400, BIOL-INTR-xx. Required supporting courses (8 credits): CHEM-131 and CHEM-132 or equivalent.
NOTE ON LABORATORY COURSES: In courses that require a co-requisite lab section, the lecture and lab grades are both factored into the final lecture grade. Successful completion of all BIOL lab courses require registration and a passing grade in both the lecture and lab sections.
Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.