Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology

Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) (Courses for Science Majors) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 24
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 24
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
Organic Chemistry I: Lecture
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
MATH 1430Calculus II3-4
or MATH 3379 Statistical Mthods in Practice
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101
General Phy-Mechanics & Heat
and General Physics Laboratory I
4
PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102
Gen Phy-Snd,Lght, Elec, & Mag
and General Physics Laboratory II
4
Major: Foundation
BIOL 1406General Biology I4
BIOL 1407General Biology II4
BIOL 2110Being a Professional Biologist1
BIOL 3450Introductory Genetics4
BIOL 4110Undergraduate Seminar1
BIOL 4361Evolutionary Biology3
Major: Prescribed Electives
BIOL Advanced Electives (3000-4000 level courses)6
Major: Concentration 340-47
Minor: Not Required 4,5
Total Hours120-128
1

MATH 1420 recommended for Core Curriculum requirement Component Area II (Mathematics), satisfies prerequisite requirement for MATH 1430. If MATH 1420 not taken, additional hours may be needed to fulfill degree program requirements. 

2

CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 and CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 satisfy Component Area III (Life and Physical Science).

3

See, below Concentration course listings. 

4

A minor is not required for this degree program; however, a student has the option to add a minor, but to do so additional semester credits hours may be needed above the degree program’s stated total semester credit hours.

5

All minors can be paired with this degree program. 

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

Major: Concentration (Integrative Biology) 3
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
BIOL 3470General Microbiology4
Select from the following: 34-35
Plant Taxonomy
Biostatistics
Human Biology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Physiology
General Physiology
Pathophysiology
Wildlife Biology
Developmental Biology
Histology
Plant Morphology
Field and Experiential Biology
Undergrad Rsrch Tpcs-Biology
Spcl Topics In Undergrad Bio
Philosophy Of Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Aquatic Biology
Immunology
Genetic Anlys of Human Disease
Paleobiology
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Microbial Ecology
Biostatistics
Medical Microbiology
Advanced Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics
Physiological Ecology
Biological Sciences Internship
General Entomology
Vertebrate Natural History
Parasitology
Animal Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Endocrinology
Organic Chemistry II: Lecture
Total Hours42-43
Major: Concentration (Cell and Molecular) 3
BIOL 3470General Microbiology4
BIOL 4480Molecular Genetics4
or BIOL 4490 Cell Biology
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II: Lecture3
CHEM 3339Biochemistry II3
CHEM 3438Biochemistry I4
Select six from the following (3 must be 4-credit courses): 21
Pathophysiology
Developmental Biology
Histology
Undergrad Rsrch Tpcs-Biology
Spcl Topics In Undergrad Bio
Immunology
Genetic Anlys of Human Disease
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Medical Microbiology
Advanced Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences Internship
Parasitology
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Endocrinology
Select two from the following:6-8
General Ecology
Plant Taxonomy
Human Biology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Physiology
General Physiology
Wildlife Biology
Plant Morphology
Field and Experiential Biology
Philosophy Of Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Aquatic Biology
Paleobiology
Microbial Ecology
Biostatistics
General Entomology
Vertebrate Natural History
Animal Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
Total Hours45-47
Major: Concentration (Environmental, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology) 3
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
Select eight from the following ( 5 must be 4-credit hour courses):32
Plant Taxonomy
Human Biology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Wildlife Biology
Plant Morphology
Field and Experiential Biology
Undergrad Rsrch Tpcs-Biology
Spcl Topics In Undergrad Bio
Philosophy Of Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Aquatic Biology
Paleobiology
Microbial Ecology
Biostatistics
Biological Sciences Internship
General Entomology
Vertebrate Natural History
Parasitology
Animal Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
Physiological Ecology
Select two from the following:6-8
General Physiology
Pathophysiology
General Microbiology
Developmental Biology
Histology
Immunology
Genetic Anlys of Human Disease
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Medical Microbiology
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Endocrinology
Total Hours42-44
Major: Concentration (Forensic Biology) 3
BIOL 2441Forensic Biology Concepts4
BIOL 3470General Microbiology4
BIOL 4410General Entomology4
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II: Lecture3
CHEM 3438Biochemistry I4
FORS 3366Forensic Science3
FORS 4317Applied Statistics for Forensic Science3
FORS 4320Fundamentals of Forensic Bio3
FORS 4380Ethics & Prof Practice3
Select one from the following:3-4
Human Biology
General Physiology
Undergrad Rsrch Tpcs-Biology
Spcl Topics In Undergrad Bio
Biostatistics
Medical Microbiology
Cell Biology
Biochemistry II
Select two from the following:6-8
Plant Taxonomy
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Pathophysiology
Wildlife Biology
Developmental Biology
Histology
Plant Morphology
Field and Experiential Biology
Philosophy Of Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Aquatic Biology
Immunology
Genetic Anlys of Human Disease
Paleobiology
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Microbial Ecology
Advanced Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences Internship
Vertebrate Natural History
Parasitology
Animal Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
Molecular Genetics
Physiological Ecology
Endocrinology
Total Hours40-43
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area II13Component Area IV 3
BIOL 1406 or 14074BIOL 1407 or 14064
CHEM 141124CHEM 141224
ENGL 130133ENGL 130233
 14 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
4Component Area V3
HIST 130143Component Area IX3
MATH 1430 or 33793-4BIOL 21101
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101
4BIOL 34504
 HIST 130243
 POLS 230553
 14-15 17
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IX1Component Area VIII3
Concentration69-10Concentration63-5
BIOL 43613BIOL 41101
BIOL Advanced Electives (3000-4000 level courses)3BIOL Advanced Electives (3000-4000 level courses)3
POLS 230653PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102
4
 19-20 14-16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Concentration614-16Concentration614-16
 14-16 14-16
Total Hours: 120-128
1

 MATH 1420 recommended for Core Curriculum requirement Component Area II (Mathematics), satisfies prerequisite requirement for MATH 1430. If MATH 1420 not taken, additional hours may be needed to fulfill degree program requirements. 

2

CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 and CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 satisfy Component  Area III (Life and Physical Science).

3

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communications)

4

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VI (U.S. History).

5

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VII (Political Science/Government).

6

See, below Concentration course listing. 

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

A minor is not required for this degree program; however, a student has the option to add a minor, but to do so additional semester credits hours may be needed above the degree program’s stated total semester credit hours.

All minors can be paired with this degree program. 

Major: Concentration (Integrative Biology) 6
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
BIOL 3470General Microbiology4
Select from the following: 34-35
Plant Taxonomy
Human Biology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Physiology
General Physiology
Pathophysiology
Wildlife Biology
Developmental Biology
Histology
Plant Morphology
Field and Experiential Biology
Undergrad Rsrch Tpcs-Biology
Spcl Topics In Undergrad Bio
Environmental Toxicology
Aquatic Biology
Genetic Anlys of Human Disease
Paleobiology
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Microbial Ecology
Biostatistics
Medical Microbiology
Biological Sciences Internship
General Entomology
Vertebrate Natural History
Parasitology
Animal Behavior
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Endocrinology
Organic Chemistry II: Lecture
Total Hours42-43
Major: Concentration (Cell and Molecular) 6
BIOL 3470General Microbiology4
BIOL 4480Molecular Genetics4
or BIOL 4490 Cell Biology
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II: Lecture3
CHEM 3339Biochemistry II3
CHEM 3438Biochemistry I4
Select 6 from the following (3 must be 4-credit hour courses):21
General Physiology
Pathophysiology
Developmental Biology
Histology
Undergrad Rsrch Tpcs-Biology
Spcl Topics In Undergrad Bio
Immunology
Genetic Anlys of Human Disease
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Biostatistics
Medical Microbiology
Biological Sciences Internship
Parasitology
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Endocrinology
Select two from the following: 6-8
General Ecology
Plant Taxonomy
Human Biology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Wildlife Biology
Plant Morphology
Field and Experiential Biology
Philosophy Of Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Aquatic Biology
Paleobiology
Microbial Ecology
General Entomology
Vertebrate Natural History
Animal Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
Total Hours45-47
Major: Concentration (Environmental, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology) 6
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
Select eight from the following (5 must be 4-credit hour courses) 32
Plant Taxonomy
Human Biology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Wildlife Biology
Plant Morphology
Field and Experiential Biology
Undergrad Rsrch Tpcs-Biology
Spcl Topics In Undergrad Bio
Environmental Toxicology
Aquatic Biology
Paleobiology
Microbial Ecology
Biological Sciences Internship
General Entomology
Vertebrate Natural History
Animal Behavior
Biostatistics
Parasitology
Invertebrate Zoology
Select two from the following: 6-8
General Physiology
Pathophysiology
General Microbiology
Developmental Biology
Histology
Immunology
Genetic Anlys of Human Disease
Medical Microbiology
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Endocrinology
Total Hours42-44
Major: Concentration (Forensic Biology) 6
BIOL 2441Forensic Biology Concepts4
BIOL 3470General Microbiology4
BIOL 4110Undergraduate Seminar1
BIOL 4380Medical Microbiology3
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II: Lecture3
CHEM 3438Biochemistry I4
FORS 3366Forensic Science3
FORS 4317Applied Statistics for Forensic Science3
FORS 4320Fundamentals of Forensic Bio3
FORS 4380Ethics & Prof Practice3
Select one from the following: 3-4
Human Biology
General Physiology
Undergrad Rsrch Tpcs-Biology
Spcl Topics In Undergrad Bio
Biostatistics
Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Biochemistry II
Select two from the following: 6-8
Plant Taxonomy
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Pathophysiology
Wildlife Biology
Developmental Biology
Histology
Plant Morphology
Field and Experiential Biology
Philosophy Of Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Aquatic Biology
Immunology
Genetic Anlys of Human Disease
Paleobiology
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Microbial Ecology
Biological Sciences Internship
Vertebrate Natural History
Parasitology
Animal Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
Endocrinology
Total Hours40-43

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Biology is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Master the depth of knowledge required for a degree in the biological sciences.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Work collaboratively.