Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology

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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
MATH 1420Calculus I 14
Select one of the following:3-4
Calculus II
Statistical Mthods in Practice
Statistical Methds in Practice
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101
General Phy-Mechanics & Heat
and General Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102
Gen Phy-Snd,Lght, Elec, & Mag
and General Physics Laboratory II
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
BIOL advanced electives (3000-4000 level courses) 319-24
Minor (required)
Recommended minor is CHEM or MATH. Six minor hours must be advanced. 410
Advanced General Electives
Any advanced 3000-4000 level courses from any department needed to meet 120 hour and SHSU advanced hour requirements 5, 69
Total Hours120-126

Note: This total reflects MATH 1420 satisfying Component Area II and one hour of Component Area IX, and CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 satisfying Component Area III.

First Year
BIOL 1406 or 14074Component Area IV 3Component Area V3
CHEM 141114BIOL 1407 or 14064 
ENGL 130123CHEM 141214 
MATH 142034ENGL 130223 
 15 14 3
Second Year
BIOL 3470, 3409, or 34504Component Area IX3General Electives (advanced)6, 73
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
4BIOL 21101 
HIST 130143BIOL 3409, 3450, or 34704 
MATH 1430, 3379, or STAT 33793-4HIST 130243 
 POLS 230553 
 14-15 14 3
Third Year
BIOL 3409, 3450, or 34704Component Area VIII3 
Minor Course4Biology Elective (advanced)7-8 
PHYS 1301
PHYS 1101
4PHYS 1302
PHYS 1102
POLS 230653  
 15 14-15 
Fourth Year
BIOL 41101Biology Electives (advanced)4-8 
BIOL 43613General Electives (advanced)6, 76 
Biology Electives (advanced)8Minor Course (advanced)3 
Minor Course (advanced)3  
 15 13-17 
Total Hours: 120-126

Note: This total reflects MATH 1420 satisfying Component Area II and one hour of Component Area IX, and CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 satisfying Component Area III.

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.