Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Department of Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Biology Major

The Biology major requires a minimum of 11 courses within the biological sciences with a range of 36 to 50 units, depending upon the concentration and configuration of electives selected. A typical student will complete a minimum of 38 to 40 units in biology. Four courses are required and seven elective courses are selected from within the department to complete a concentration. In addition, six to seven ancillary courses (24–30 units) must be completed in the disciplines of chemistry, mathematics and physics. The program must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in all course work.

Selection of appropriate electives allows students to fulfill the requirements of any of four areas of concentration:

Completion of one of these concentrations is required for a major in Biology. Students are strongly encouraged to plan their programs in consultation with an adviser who is a member of the biology faculty.

 

FOUNDATION COURSES
Course
Units
BIOL 201 Biology I: Cellular Biology and Genetics
4
BIOL 202 Biology II: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
4
BIOL 204 Educational and Career Planning for the Biologist
1
BIOL 309 Principles of Genetics
4
Total units
13

 

BREADTH COURSES
The following are required for all Biology majors unless indicated differently within the concentration.

Course
Units
BIOL 208
or
BIOL 205
and
BIOL 207
Biodiversity

General Botany

General Zoology

3

4

4
BIOL 405
or
BIOL 408
or
BIOL 409
Molecular Ecology

Cell Biology

Molecular Biology
4

4

4

BIOL 221

BIOL 221L
and
BIOL 222
BIOL222L
or
BIOL 325
or
BIOL 436

Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab


Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab


Animal Physiology

Plant Physiology

3

1

3

1


4

4

Total units
11-20

ANCILLARY COURSES
The following courses are required for all Biology majors unless indicated differently within the concentration.
Courses
Units
CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lecture
3
CHEM 131L General Chemistry I Lab
1
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II Lecture
3
CHEM 132L General Chemistry II Lab
1
CHEM 330
or
CHEM 331
and
CHEM 332
Essentials of Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry II
5

5

5

MATH 211

or

Math 237

or

Math 273

or

PSYC 212

Finite Mathematics

Elementary Biostatistics

Calculus

Behavioral Statistics

3

4

4

4

 

PHYS 211
and
PHYS 212
or
PHYS 241
and
PHYS 242

General Physics I

General Physics II

General Physics I Calculus-based

General Physics II Calculus-based
4

4

4

4
Total units
24-30

 

 

 

 

Department of Biological Sciences
Smith Hall, Room 341 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3042
Fax: 410-704-2405
E-mail: biolsci@towson.edu



 

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