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Biology (B.S.) Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Credit Hours: 65+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Required Courses

BIOL 111

Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (3) PR: None; CO: BIOL 111L

BIOL 111L

Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (1) CO: BIOL 111

OR

 

HONS 151

Honors Biology I (3) PR: None; CO: HONS 151L

HONS 151L

Honors Biology I Lab (1) CO: HONS 151

 

 

BIOL 112

Evolution, Form, and Function of Organisms (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L; CO: BIOL 112L

BIOL 112L

Evolution, Form, and Function of Organisms Lab (1) CO: BIOL 112L

OR

 

HONS 152

Honors Biology II (3) PR: HONS 151 and 151L; CO: HONS 152L

HONS 152L

Honors Biology II Lab (1) CO: HONS 152

 

 

BIOL 211

Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Biology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; CO: BIOL 211D

BIOL 211D

Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Biology Discussion (0) CO: BIOL 211

BIOL 305

Genetics (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; PR or CO: BIOL 211 and 211D and MATH 250 or instructor permission

Complete 19 credit hours of 300-level or above BIOL courses including at least four courses with labs from the BIOLOGY 300-LEVEL AND ABOVE ELECTIVES LIST. Note: Independent study, tutorial, Bachelor’s Essay, or BIOL 450 and 451 with labs do not fulfill the lab requirement.

BIOLOGY 300-LEVEL AND ABOVE ELECTIVES LIST

BIOL 300

Botany (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 301

Plant Taxonomy (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 302

Plant Anatomy (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 303

Phycology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 304

Plant Physiology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and one year of chemistry; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 305L

Genetics Lab (1) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; PR or CO: BIOL 211 and 211D, BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 310

General Microbiology (4) PR: One year of Chemistry and BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; and BIOL 211 and 211D or CHEM 232 and 232L; PR or CO: MATH 250; BIOL 305 or CHEM 232 and 232L

BIOL 312

Molecular Biology (3) PR: One year of Chemistry and BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 or CHEM 232 and 232L; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 312L

Molecular Biology Laboratory (1) PR or CO: BIOL 312 and MATH 250. Students cannot use both BIOL 412 and BIOL 312L towards their major requirements.

BIOL 313

Cell Biology (3) PR: One year of Chemistry and BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; and BIOL 211 and 211D or CHEM 232 and 232L; PR or CO: MATH 250; BIOL 305 or CHEM 232 and 232L

BIOL 313L

Cell Biology Laboratory (1) PR or CO: BIOL 313 and MATH 250

BIOL 314

Immunology (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 and one year of Chemistry; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 320

Histology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 321

General and Comparative Physiology (4) PR: One year of Chemistry and BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 or CHEM 232 and 232L; PR or CO: MATH 250 or equivalent course in statistics or instructor permission

BIOL 322

Developmental Biology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 323

Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 332

Vertebrate Zoology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 333

Ornithology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 334

Herpetology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 335

Biology of Fishes (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 336

Parasitology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 337

Invertebrate Zoology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 338

Entomology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 339

Dinosaur Biology (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 340

Zoogeography (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 341

General Ecology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 342

Oceanography (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250; one year of college-level Math and one year of college-level Chemistry

BIOL 343

Animal Behavior (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 350

Evolution (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 351

Principles of Neurobiology (3) PR: PSYC 103 and BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; BIOL 211 and 211D or PSYC 214; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 352

Neurobiology and Behavior (3) PR: BIOL 351 or PSYC 351 or PSYC 214; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 353

Hormones and Behavior (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 354

Techniques in Neuroscience (4) PR: BIOL 351 or PSYC 351; MATH 250 or PSYC 211 and PSYC 220 or PSYC 250; and instructor permission

BIOL 357

Oceanographic Research (4) PR: BIOL 342 and instructor permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 360

Introduction to Biometry (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 396

Biophysical Modeling of Excitable Cells (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and PHYS 111 and 111L and PHYS 112 and 112 L or HONS 158 and 158L or BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 and PHYS 101 and 101L and PHYS 102 and 102L; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 399

Tutorial (1-3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; 3.00 GPA or higher in BIOL; junior standing and tutor and department chair permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 406

Conservation Biology (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 and BIOL 341 or permission of instructor; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 410

Applied and Environmental Microbiology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; BIOL 310 and one year of Chemistry; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 411

Microtechnique and Cytochemistry (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and one year of Chemistry; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 412

Capstone in Molecular Biology (3) PR: BIOL 111/111L or HONS 151/151L, BIOL 112/112L or HONS 152/152L, BIOL 211/211D, BIOL 305, BIOL 312, MATH 111 PR or CO: CHEM 351, MATH 250. Students cannot use both BIOL 412 and BIOL 312L towards their major requirements.

BIOL 414

Environmental Immunology (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and one year of Chemistry; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and BIOL 312 or BIOL 313 or CHEM 351 and MATH 250

BIOL 420

General and Comparative Endocrinology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250 and a course in physiology or instructor permission

BIOL 421

Topics in Physiology, Cell, and Molecular Biology of Marine Organisms (3) PR: BIOL 312 or 313; BIOL 321 and instructor permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 444

Plant Ecology (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 341 or instructor permission; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 445

Systematic Biology (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; junior standing and at least one upper division course in organismal Biology; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 446

Special Topics in Neuroscience (3) PR: Junior or senior standing and instructor permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 447

Seminar in Neuroscience (3) PR: BIOL 351 or PSYC 351 and BIOL 352 or PSYC 352; CO: BIOL 448 or PSYC 448; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 448

Bachelor’s Essay in Neuroscience (6) PR: BIOL 351 or PSYC 351 and BIOL 352 or PSYC 352 and permission of student’s major department and the neuroscience program director; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 449

Biology of Coral Reefs (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 and 341; 3.00 GPA or higher in BIOL; junior standing and 15 credit hours of BIOL completed or instructor and department chair permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 450

Problems in Biology (1-4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; 3.00 GPA or higher in science courses; junior standing and instructor and department chair permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 451

Problems in Marine Biology (1-4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; 3.00 GPA or higher in science courses; junior standing and instructor and department chair permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 452

Seminar (1) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D; 2.50 GPA or higher in BIOL; junior standing and 15 credit hours of BIOL completed; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 453

Special Topics (1-4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and instructor permission; PR or CO: BIOL 305 and MATH 250

BIOL 455

Seminar in Molecular Biology (2) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305, 312 and 313; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 499

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; 3.00 GPA or higher in BIOL; instructor and department chair permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 501

Biology of the Crustacea (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 and 337; 3.00 GPA or higher in BIOL and junior standing and 15 credit hours of BIOL completed or instructor and department chair permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 502

Special Topics in Marine Biology (1-4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; 3.00 GPA or higher in BIOL and junior standing and 15 credit hours of BIOL completed or instructor and department chair permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 503

Special Topics in Ecology (3-4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 and 341; 3.00 GPA or higher in BIOL and junior standing and 15 credit hours of BIOL completed or instructor and department chair permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

Chemistry Requirement

CHEM 111

Principles of Chemistry (3) PR or CO: unless students exempt MATH 111 (via diagnostic testing) or have completed this course as a pre-requisite, they are required to take MATH 111 as a co-requisite; CO: CHEM 111L

CHEM 111L

Principles of Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 111

 

 

CHEM 112

Principles of Chemistry (3) PR: CHEM 111 and 111L or HONS 153 and 153L; CO: CHEM 112L (MATH 120 strongly recommended)

CHEM 112L

Principles of Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 112

 

 

CHEM 231

Organic Chemistry (3) PR: CHEM 112 and CHEM 112L or HONS 154 and HONS 154L; CO: CHEM 231L

CHEM 231L

Introduction to Organic Chemistry Laboratory Techniques (1) CO: CHEM 231

 

 

CHEM 232

Organic Chemistry (3) PR: CHEM 231 and CHEM 231L; CO: CHEM 232L

CHEM 232L

Organic Synthesis and Analysis (1) CO: CHEM 232

Physics Requirement

PHYS 101

Introductory Physics (3) PR: None; CO: PHYS 101L

PHYS 101L

Introductory Physics Lab (1) CO: PHYS 101

AND

 

PHYS 102

Introductory Physics (3) PR: PHYS 101 or PHYS 111 or HONS 157; CO: PHYS 102L

PHYS 102L

Introductory Physics Lab (1) CO: PHYS 102

 

 

OR

 

 

 

PHYS 111

General Physics I (3) PR or CO: MATH 120 or equivalent or instructor permission; CO: PHYS 111L

PHYS 111L

General Physics I Lab (1) CO: PHYS 111L or instructor permission

AND

 

PHYS 112

General Physics II (3) PR: PHYS 111 and 111L or HONS 157 and 157L; PR or CO: MATH 220 or equivalent or instructor permission; CO: PHYS 112L

PHYS 112L

General Physics II Lab (1) CO: PHYS 112 or instructor permission

Mathematics Requirement

MATH 120

Introductory Calculus (4) PR: C- or better in MATH 111 or placement

MATH 250

Statistical Methods I (3) PR: Either MATH 111, 120 or instructor permission

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