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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

STEPHANIE FUHR, Assistant Professor
B.S., M.S., Illinois

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

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

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-121, CHEM-122, and CHEM-123), and the major with, BIOL-200 and BIOL-210.

NOTE: A student majoring in Biology may not also major in Pre-Medicine.

MAJOR IN BIOLOGY. 30 credits at the 200 level or above, including the core courses, BIOL-200, BIOL-210, BIOL-220, BIOL-370 and one 3-credit senior inquiry (SI) experience from BIOL-375, BIOL-387, BIOL-464, BIOL-465, BIOL-466 and BIOL-INTR-Sxx or any other pre-approved SI experience. Beyond the core courses, any biology course at the 200 level or above may apply to the major. BIOL-200 and BIOL-210 must be completed within one year of declaring the major; BIOL-220 and BIOL-370 must be completed within two years of declaring the major. A student who completes BIOL-464, BIOL-465 or BIOL-466 as their SI may apply 3 credits of BIOL-INTR-Axx to 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 3-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 3 credits from this list toward the biology major: BIOL-299, BIOL-399, BIOL-499, BIOL-400, BIOL-INTR-AXX, or BIOL-INTR-Sxx. Required supporting courses (9 credits): CHEM-121, CHEM-122, and CHEM-123 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-311, CHEM-312, CHEM-313; MATH-219; PHYS-101, PHYS-102, PHYS-103 or PHYS-201, PHYS-202, PHYS-203.

MAJOR IN BIOLOGY EDUCATION. 30 credits, including BIOL-200, BIOL-210, BIOL-220, BIOL-308, BIOL-310, BIOL-343, BIOL-370, one of BIOL-360 or BIOL-362, one of BIOL-323 or BIOL-380 or BIOL-387; one 3-credit SI experience from the options BIOL-464, BIOL-465, BIOL-466, or BIOL-387 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 (24 credits): CHEM-121, CHEM-122 and CHEM-123; PHYS-101 and PHYS-102; one of GEOG-101 or GEOG-103; one of GEOL-101 or GEOL-115; and ASTR-315.

MINOR IN BIOLOGY. 18 credits: 18 credits beyond the 100 level, including BIOL-200, BIOL-210, BIOL-220 and BIOL-370. Three credits from this list may apply to minor: BIOL-299, BIOL-399, BIOL-499, BIOL-400, or BIOL-INTR-Axx. Required supporting courses: 9 credits from CHEM-121, CHEM-122, and CHEM-123 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 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.

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