• Biology 1
  • Biology Program Requirements

    Degree programs within the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Physical Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics share a common core of courses. Students in these programs must complete the Basic Curriculum, the appropriate core curriculum for their major as listed below and the major curriculum.

    Core Curriculum for Biology, Biology Comprehensive (both tracks), and Marine Biology Majors: 24 hours 

    BY 308 . Seminar in Biology (1) 
    BY 340 . Microbiology (4) 
    BY 380 . Genetics (4) 
    BY 400 . Senior Seminar (1) 
    BY 450 . Ecology (4) 
    BY 472 . Cell Biology (4) 
    BY 490 . Evolutionary Theory (3) 
    BY 495 . Research in Biology (3) 

    Electives from the following list: 12 hours

    Electives must include at least 3 hours in botanical sciences and 3 hours in zoological sciences. 
    BY 307 . Independent Study in Biology (1-8) 
    BY 309 . Biological Science Internship (1-4) 
    BY 314 . Trees and Shrubs of Alabama (4) 
    BY 320 . Invertebrate Zoology (4) 
    BY 330 . Hematology (4) 
    BY 331 . Immunology (4) 
    BY 367 . Independent Study in Marine Biology (1-8) 
    BY 392 . History of Life on Earth (4) 
    BY 393 . Paleontology (4) 
    BY 404 . Research Design and Data Analysis (3) 
    BY 410 . Field Botany (4) 
    BY 413 . Advanced Plant Biology (4) 
    BY 420 . Field Zoology (4) 
    BY 428 . Vertebrate Zoology (4) 
    BY 429 . Entomology (4) 
    BY 431 . Histology (4) 
    BY 441 . Environmental Toxicology (4) 
    BY 453 . Appalachian Ecology (4) 
    BY 456 . Ecological Restoration (3) 
    BY 458 . Subtropical Ecology (4) 
    BY 461 . Aquatic Biology (4) 
    EN 307 . Independent Study in Environmental Sciences (1-8) 
    EN 360 . Environmental Chemistry (3)
    EN 480 . Environmental Law (3)

    Additional Courses:

    Students enrolled in a program leading to teacher certification are required to take the following courses: 
    BY 410 . Field Botany (4) 
    BY 420 . Field Zoology (4) 
    Four (4) hour advisor approved elective

    **Students pursuing teacher certification should refer to the College of Education section of the Catalogue for a listing of additional requirements.