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Biology Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS)

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Administered by the Department of Integrative Biology under the School of Life Sciences.


Also available at OSU-Cascades campus.



Core Program


Freshman Year

BI 198. Biology Freshman Seminar (1)
BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4) and CH 261, CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)
   or this series: CH 121. General Chemistry (5) and CH 122, CH 123. *General Chemistry (5,5)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
   and MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
   or MTH 268. Mathematical Ideas in Biology (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
Required courses and/or electives (6)

Sophomore Year

BI 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
   or take BI 460. Cell Biology (3) and BI 461. Cell Biology Laboratory (2) in senior year
BI 370. Ecology (3)
CH 331, CH 332, CH 337. Organic Chemistry and Lab (4,4,4)
PH 201, PH 202, PH 203. *General Physics (5,5,5)
Complete Math Requirements (listed in freshman year)
Required courses and/or electives (16)

Junior Year

BB 450, BB 451. General Biochemistry (4,3)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
MB 302. General Microbiology (3)
MB 303. General Microbiology Laboratory (2)
ST 351, ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4,4)

Choose one organismal biology from the following (3–5):
BI 358. Symbioses and the Environment (3)
BOT 313. Plant Structure (4)
BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
BOT 416. Aquatic Botany (4)
BOT 461. Mycology (5)
MB 480. General Parasitology (3)
Z 361. Invertebrate Biology (3)
   and Z 362. Invertebrate Biology Laboratory (2)
Z 365. Biology of Insects (4)
Z 371. Vertebrate Biology (3)
   and Z 372. Vertebrate Biology Laboratory (2)
Z 422. Comparative Anatomy (5)
Z 477. Aquatic Entomology (4)


Senior Year

BI 445. Evolution (3)

Choose one physiology from below (3–5):
BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
BOT 488. Environmental Physiology of Plants (3)
Z 423. Environmental Physiology (3)
Z 425. Embryology and Development (5)
Z 430. Principles of Physiology (4)[Terminated fall 2014]
Z 431. Vertebrate Physiology I (3)
Z 432. Vertebrate Physiology II (3)

Choose one from the following (4):
Some of the courses may be counted for other categories—Bacc Core: Science Technology and Society and/or Writing Intensive Course (WIC). See those areas for details.
HSTS 414. *History of Twentieth-Century Science (4)
HSTS 415. *^Theory of Evolution and Foundation of Modern Biology (4)
HSTS 416. *History of Medicine Pre-1800 (4)
HSTS 417. *^History of Medicine (4)
HSTS 418. *Science and Society (4)
HSTS 419. *^Studies in Scientific Controversy: Methods and Practices (4)
HSTS 422. *^Historical Studies of Science and Politics (4)
HSTS 425. *^History of the Life Sciences (4)
HSTS 437. ^History of Animals in Science (4)
HSTS/FW 470. *Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (4)
PHL 325. *Scientific Reasoning (4)
PHL 444. *Biomedical Ethics (4)
PHL 470. Philosophy of Science (3)
PHL 474. ^Philosophy of Biology (4)

Choose one writing intensive course (WIC) from the following (3–4):
Some of the courses in WIC may be counted for other requirements—Bacc Core: Science Technology & Society and/or Biology Upper-Division Science Electives. See those areas for details.
BB/BI 317. ^Scientific Theory and Practice (3)
BI 306. *^Environmental Ecology (3)
   or BI 306H. *^Environmental Ecology (3)
BI 315. ^Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)
BI 371. ^Ecological Methods (3)
BI/MB 385. ^Emerging Infectious Diseases and Epidemics (3)
BI 388. ^Special Topics in Biology (3)
BI 450. ^Marine Biology (16)
BOT 323. ^Flowering Plants of the World (3)
HSTS 415. *^Theory of Evolution and Foundation of Modern Biology (4)
HSTS 417. *^History of Medicine (4)
HSTS 419. *^Studies in Scientific Controversy: Methods and Practices (4)
HSTS 422. *^Historical Studies of Science and Politics (4)
HSTS 425. *^History of the Life Sciences (4)
HSTS 437. ^History of Animals in Science (4)
MB 311. ^Molecular Microbiology Lab: A Writing Intensive Course (3)
PHL 474. ^Philosophy of Biology (4)
   or other WIC courses approved by the program chair.

Two additional 35 credit, upper-division (300400), College of Science courses NOT used for the Biology requirements above and meeting the stipulations below:

Allowed:

Excluded:

 

Biology Major Field Test

Biology majors are required to take a comprehensive, two-hour Biology Major Field Test in order to graduate: BI 499. Special Topics/Senior Biology Major Field Test (0). For further information, go to http://ib.oregonstate.edu/advising/MFT-info.


Total=180


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)



Major Code: 509

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