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) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) (Courses for Science Majors) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) 33
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
Select one of the following:3
Statistical Mthods in Practice
Statistical Methds in Practice
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 24
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 24
MATH 1410Elementary Functions 14
WOLC 1411Beginning Foreign Language I4
WOLC 1412Beginning Foreign Language II (same field)4
WOLC 2311Intermediate Foreign Language 33
WOLC 2312Intermed Foreign Language II (same field) 33
Major Core
BIOL 1406General Biology I4
BIOL 1407General Biology II4
BIOL 2110Being a Professional Biologist1
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
BIOL 3450Introductory Genetics4
BIOL 3470General Microbiology4
BIOL 4110Undergraduate Seminar1
BIOL 4361Evolutionary Biology3
Advanced BIOL electives (Select five 3000-4000 level courses) 418-20
Minor: Required
Select any minor18
Advanced General Electives
Any advanced (3000-4000 level) courses from any department needed to meet 120 hour and SHSU advanced hour requirements 56-8
Total Hours120-124
First Year
BIOL 1406 or 14074BIOL 1407 or 14064Component Area V3
CHEM 141114CHEM 141214 
ENGL 130123ENGL 130223 
WOLC 14114WOLC 14124 
 15 15 3
Second Year
BIOL 3450, 3409, or 34704BIOL 21101Advanced General Elective 3-4
HIST 130133BIOL 3409, 3450, or 34704 
MATH 141044HIST 130233 
WOLC 231153POLS 230563 
 WOLC 231273 
 14 14 3-4
Third Year
Advanced BIOL Elective 4Component Area VIII3Advanced General Elective 3-4
BIOL 4374, MATH 3379, or STAT 33793Advanced Biology Elective 83-4 
Minor Course3BIOL 3409, 3450, or 34704 
POLS 230663Minor Course3 
 13 13-14 3-4
Fourth Year
Advanced BIOL Elective 83-4 Advanced BIOL Electives88 
BIOL 41101Minor Courses (Advanced)6 
BIOL 43613  
Minor Courses6  
 13-14 14 
Total Hours: 120-124

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

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