Bachelor of Arts, Major in Biology

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Bachelor of Arts, Major in Biology
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) (Courses for Science Majors)8
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
MATH 1410Elementary Functions4
Select one of the following:3
Statistical Mthods In Practice
Statistical Methds In Practice
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II4
FOLG 1411Beginning Foreign Language I4
FOLG 1412Beginning Foreign Language II (must be from the same group)4
FOLG 2311Intermediate Foreign Language3
FOLG 2312Intermed Foreign Language II (must be from the same group)3
Major Core
BIOL 1411General Botany4
BIOL 1413General Zoology4
BIOL 2440Introductory Cell Biology4
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
BIOL 3450Introductory Genetics4
BIOL 3470General Microbiology4
BIOL 4110Undergraduate Seminar1
BIOL 4111Undergraduate Seminar1
BIOL 4361Introductory Evolutionary Bio3
Advanced BIOL electives (Select four 3000-4000 level courses) 114
Minor (required)
Select any minor 218
Advanced General Electives
Any advanced (3000-4000 level) courses from any department needed to meet 120 hour and SHSU advanced hour requirements 36
Total Hours120

Advanced Biology Electives should be selected according to specific areas of study as determined by the student and their academic advisor.  Students who take BIOL 4080, BIOL 4394, or BIOL 4095 are allowed to apply only one of these courses to their Advanced Biology Electives requirement.


Recommended minor is Chemistry or Mathematics.


Students should use the elective and/or minor hours to meet the 42-advanced hour requirement for graduation.


This total reflects MATH 1314 satisfying Component Area II, BIOL 1411 and BIOL 1413 satisfying Component Area III, and FOLG 2311 satisfying part (3 hours) of Component Area IV.

Teacher Certification in the Life Sciences

Biology & Biomedical Sciences Majors

Students may receive teacher certification in the Life Sciences for grades 8-12 by pairing a major in Biology (BS only as outlined above) with a Secondary Teacher Certification from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Students pursuing this degree combination should include BIOL 3492 as one of their advanced biology electives.

For students seeking a Secondary Teacher Certification in the Life Sciences, no grade below C in the science coursework in BIOL is accepted. The required education courses are:

Course Requirements
CISE 3384The Teaching Profession3
CISE 4374Human Growth and Learning3
CISE 4364Mth Tch Secondary Schools3
CISE 4377Assmt Stdnt Lrng In Secondary3
CISE 4394Creatng Env For Lrng-Secondary3
CISE 4396Std Tch Secondary Classroom3
CISE 4397Std Tch Secondary Classroom3
READ 4320Content Area Reading & Writing3
Total Hours24
First Year
BIOL 1411 or 141314BIOL 1413 or 141114Component Area V3
CHEM 14114CHEM 14124 
ENGL 130123ENGL 130223 
FOLG 14114FOLG 14124 
 15 15 3
Second Year
BIOL 24404Biology Core4General Elective3
FOLG 231133  
HIST 130143  
MATH 141054  
 FOLG 231233 
 HIST 130243 
 POLS 230573 
 14 13 3
Third Year
Biology Core4Biology Core4General Elective3
BIOL 4374, MATH 3379, or STAT 33793Biology Elective3 
Minor3Component Area VIII3 
POLS 230673Minor3 
 13 13 3
Fourth Year
BIOL 41101BIOL 41111 
BIOL 43613Biology Electives (see degree works)8 
Biology Elective3Minor6 
 13 15 
Total Hours: 120

Satisfies the requirement for Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)


Satisfies the requirement for Component Area I (Communication)


Satisfies the requirement for Component Area IV Language, Philosophy, and Culture).


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


Satisfies the requirement for Component Area II (Mathematics) and one hour of Component Area IX (Component Area Option).


Satisfies three hours of the requirement for Component Area IX (Component Area Option).


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