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Biology Option

Human impacts on ecosystems and on the species with which we share the planet are increasing, and this is reflected in growing concern for the wise use of ecosystems and the management and preservation of species. The biology option is designed to broadly educate students in environmental science, with more in-depth study of the living components of our environment. In addition to core courses in biology and a required internship or research experience, students may select from a variety of courses in biology, botany, or zoology.

Human health may also be impacted by adverse changes in our environment and the course of study of the biology option is also designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental medicine or environmental health.

Environmental issues frequently become legal issues. There is a societal need for individuals trained in biology, environmental science, and law. The course of study of the environmental science major is designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental law.

Several faculty of the Environmental Science Program conduct active research projects related to the biology option, providing opportunities for students to participate in the faculty’s research program, conduct supervised independent research, and to present and/or publish their research.

Graduates in this option are anticipated to be successful in finding employment in the environmental field and to be highly competitive for admission to graduate programs in biological and environmental sciences, as well as, medical and law school programs.

Environmental Science: Biology Option (90-94 Hours Required)

BI 163 Evolution & Ecology (4)
BI 332 General Ecology (3)
BS 105 Environmental Biology (3)
CH 185/085/005 General Chemistry (5)
CH 186 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (3)
EC 344 Environmental Economics (3)
EN 190 Writing & the Environment (3)
EV 400 Health Physics (3)
EV 201 Environmental Science Seminar I (1)
EV 401 Environmental Science Seminar II (1)
EV 454 Risk Assessment Applications (3)
EV 481-483 Internship (3) OR EV 491-493 Research (3)
EV xxx EV Course (300-500 level) (3)
GO 110 Physical Geology (3)
GO 365 Environmental Soil Science (3)
GO 460 Environmental Hydrology (3)
MA 139 Applied Calculus (3) (Logical Systems) OR MA 140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
MA 223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
PH 106 Physical Concepts (3) OR PH 120 Introductory Physics I (5)
UI 429 Environmental Ethics (3)

Choose 6 hours from:

UI 331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
UI 360 Recycling & Waste Management (3)
UI 373 Earth and Life through Time (3)
UI 386 Environmental Health (3)
UI 387 Environmental Law and Public Policy (3)

Biology Option Area Courses (18 hours required):

BI173 Cell & Organismal Biology (4)

Choose 2 Courses from: (8)

BI 310 General Microbiology (4)
BO 310 Plant Biology (4)
ZO 310 Animal Biology (4)

Choose 6 hours from:

Students may select from a list of more than 20 courses with a BI, BO, or ZO prefix at 300 -500 level.

Additional Required Courses: (7)

CH 187 Inorganic Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Lab (2)
CH 341 P\Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 342 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

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