B.S. Biological Sciences Degree Plan

GENERAL EDUCATION

Courses that are required are in bold type.

Courses that are recommended are in italics.

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION HOURS - Min. 40

REQUIRED CORE COURSES  - 31-35

Written Communication - 6

  • ENGL 1113 English Composition I
  • ENGL 1213 English Composition II

Mathematics - 3

Select one course.

  • MATH 1513 College Algebra or a higher numbered math course

U. S. History - 3

Select one course.

  • HIST 1043 U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST 1053 U.S. History since 1877

American Government - 3

  • POLSC 1103 American Government & Politics

Science - 9

Select one course from Life Science and one course from Physical Science. One Science course must be a lab science.

Life Science - 4

  • BIOL 1054 Principles of Biology I w/Lab

Physical Science - 5

  • CHEM  1203 General Chemistry I (Lecture) and
  • CHEM  1252 General Chemistry I (Lab)

Humanities - 6

  • HUM 1103 Introduction to Humanities

OR

  • HIST 1033 World History

AND one of the following:

  • ART 1223 Art Survey
  • COMM 1263 Introduction to Theatre
  • LIT 2333 Introduction to Film
  • LIT 2413 Introduction to Literature
  • MUSIC 1013 Introduction to Music I
  • MUSIC 1103 Music and Culture
  • PHILO 1453 Introduction to Philosophy

Human, Cultural, & Social Diversity - 3-4

Select one course.

  • ASL 2163 American Sign Language
  • CATC 1204 Cheyenne Language I (or higher number)
  • CATC 1254 Arapaho Language I (or higher number)
  • COMM 1313 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • ECONO 2263 Intro to Macroeconomics
  • ECONO 2363 Intro to Microeconomics
  • GEOG 1103 World Cultural Geography
  • ITAL 1004 Elementary Italian I
  • KINES 1133 Wellness Concepts & Exercise Applications
  • LATIN 1054 Elementary Latin I (or higher number)
  • PSYCH 1003 General Psychology
  • SOCIO 1003 Introduction to Sociology
  • SPAN 1054 Elementary Spanish I (or higher number)
  • TECH 1223 Technology and Society

Computer Proficiency - 0-3

Students must demonstrate computer proficiency (high school Computer Science course, SWOSU computer proficiency exam, or COMSC 1023 Computer & Info Access).

GE electives (from at least two different categories) to total 40

Biological Sciences Major

Required Courses - 16

  • BIOL 1254 Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 3053 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 3152 Genetics and Cell Biology Lab
  • BIOL 3253 Genetics
  • BIOL 3283 Ecology
  • BIOL 4901 Biological Sciences Capstone

Major Electives - 24

(Electives must include one Field Course [F] or a field course with lab from the Gulf Coast Research Lab or other field station or lab and one Plant Course [P].)

  • BIOL 3012 Biological Terminology
  • BIOL 3304 Aquatic Ecology [F]
  • BIOL 3604 Biology of Insects [F]
  • BIOL 3704 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 3814 Biology of Plants [P]
  • BIOL 3904 Human Physiology
  • BIOL 4001-4 Independent Studies
  • BIOL 4010-4 Seminar in Biology

(A maximum of 4 hours total of Independent Studies and Seminar may be counted toward the major.)

  • BIOL 4021-4 Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences
  • BIOL 4031-4 Special Topics in Microbiology
  • BIOL 4041-4 Special Topics Environ & Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 4154 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 4204 Vertebrate Biology
  • BIOL 4213 Immunology
  • BIOL 4254 Invertebrate Biology [F]
  • BIOL 4284 Parasitology
  • BIOL 4314 Environmental Biology [F]
  • BIOL 4343 Applied Microbiology
  • BIOL 4355 Microbiology
  • BIOL 4404 Pathogenic Microbiology
  • BIOL 4454 Plant Taxonomy [P & F]
  • BIOL 4463 Virology
  • BIOL 4503 Microbial Physiology
  • BIOL 4523 Environmental Microbiology
  • BIOL 4604 Terrestrial Ecology [F & P]
  • BIOL 4622 Economically Important Plants [P]
  • BIOL 4853 Evolution
  • BIOL 4864 Human Genetics
  • BIOL 4914 General and Comparative Physiology
  • BIOL 4935 Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 4944 Neuroscience
  • BIOL 4974 Histology

Other Requirements - 18-20

  • MATH 1613 College Trigonometry (or 1834 Calculus I)
  • MATH 3413 Statistical Methods I OR 3433 Statistics I OR  PSYCH 2433  Psychological Statistics
  • CHEM 1303 & 1332  General Chemistry II (Lecture and Lab)
  • CHEM 2114 Organic/Biochemistry  OR  one higher numbered chemistry course with lab
  • PHY 1063 General Physics OR one higher numbered Physics course with lab

Minor Requirements (see Minor Programs of Study) - 18-22

Free Electives to total 120 hours - 0-4

TOTAL HOURS - 120

REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO GRADUATION

Minimum credit hours for graduation - 120

Minimum credit hours in the liberal arts & sciences - 55

Minimum credit hours in upper-division

(3000/4000 courses) - 40

Minimum credit hours (3000/4000 courses)

in major completed at SWOSU - 8

Minimum credit hours at SWOSU (15 of the last 30) - 30

Minimum Grade Point Average in all coursework - 2.00

Minimum Grade Point Average in major - 2.00