Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Biological Sciences Majors

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science with a major in Biological Sciences

Students pursuing a degree in the biological sciences may do so by choosing one of six different tracks. These tracks allow the individual student to place an emphasis on areas of biology that he or she finds of interest. However, the faculty of the department feel very strongly that each student completing a degree in biology must have a solid foundation in the discipline. Therefore, there is a core of courses required of all majors. A grade of C- or better must be earned in all biology courses that count toward completion of major requirements. The department has also identified a common core of support courses that must be completed with a C- or better by all biological science majors. Details concerning the biology core, support core, and each of the tracks follow.

If a particular course has a prerequisite that is not listed as part of the major requirements, then the prerequisite is given in italics below the course for which it is a prerequisite. These prerequisites are not included in the program totals in the table below, but they must be completed IN ADDITION TO other program requirements.

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Degree Requirements: B.A. and B.S. – Biological Sciences

Core Courses in Biological Sciences

Credits

BIO 150/150L

Introduction to Biology I with Laboratory

4

BIO 151/151L

Introduction to Biology II with Laboratory

4

BIO 155

Orientation to Biology

1

BIO 349/349L

Genetics with Laboratory

4

BIO 291W

Advanced Writing in Biology

3

BIO 304

General Ecology

3

BIO 491

Comprehensive Examination

0

Credits in Biological Sciences

19

Core Courses in Other Disciplines

CHE 120/120L and

CHE 121/121L

General Chemistry I and II with Laboratory

 

8

PHY 211 and

PHY 213

 

 

PHY 220 and

PHY 222

General Physics with Laboratory I and II

Prerequisite: MAT 119 or mathematics ACT 25

-- OR --

University Physics with Laboratory I and II

Prerequisite: MAT 129 or MAT 227

8-10

STA 205

Introduction to Statistical Methods

3

Foreign language requirement: All biological science majors are required to complete the 102 level or higher of a foreign language. Students may satisfy this requirement by completing the appropriate two-course sequence in a foreign language, or via CLEP or AP exam equivalency.

0-6

Credits in Other Disciplines

19-27

TOTAL CORE CREDITS

38-46

B.A. General Biology Track*

Credits

BIO 304L

Ecology Laboratory

1

BIO 358

Evolution of Organisms

3

Select one course from the cellular/molecular/genetics group

3-4

Select one course from the ecology/evolution/organismal group

3-4

Select one course from the field biology group

3-4

Select two BIO elective courses

*One course must be an animal course and one must be a plant course.

3-4

CHE 310/310L

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

4

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

24-28

Total Core Credits

38-46

TOTAL CREDITS

62-74

*This track is not recommended for those who wish to pursue a postgraduate education in the sciences.

 

B.S. General Biology Track

Credits

BIO 304L

Ecology Laboratory

1

BIO 358

Evolution of Organisms

3

Select one course from the cellular/molecular/genetics group

3-4

Select one course from the ecology/evolution/organismal group

3-4

Select one course from the field biology group

3-4

Select one BIO elective

4

CHE 310/310L

Organic Chemistry I

4

CHE 311/311L

Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory

 

 

-- OR --

3-4

Select another advanced CHE, GLY, PHY, or GEO course

MAT 112

Applied Calculus

 

 

-- OR --

3-4

MAT 129

Calculus I

 

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

27-32

Total Core Credits

38-46

TOTAL CREDITS

65-78

 

 

B.S. Cellular/Molecular/Genetics Track

Credits

BIO 342

Biometry

4

BIO 302/302L

General Microbiology with Laboratory

4

BIO 400/400L

Advanced Molecular Biology with Laboratory

 

 

-- OR --

3-4

BIO 360

Advanced Biology of the Cell

 

Select two courses from the cellular/molecular/genetics group

6-8

CHE 310/310L

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

4

CHE 311/311L

Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory

4

CHE 482

Biochemistry I

3

CHE 483

Biochemistry II

3

MAT 112

Applied Calculus

 

 

-- OR --

 

MAT 129

Calculus I

3-4

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

34-38

Total Core Credits

38-46

TOTAL CREDITS

72-84

 

 

B.S. Ecology/Evolution/Organismal Track

Credits

BIO 342

Biometry

3

BIO 358

Evolution of Organisms

3

BIO 304L

Ecology Laboratory

1

Select one course from the ecology group

3-4

Select two courses from the organismal group

6-8

Select one course from the field biology group

3-4

CHE 310/310L

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

4

CHE 311/311L

Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory

 

 

-- OR --

3-4

Select another advanced CHE, GLY, PHY, or GEO course

MAT 112

Applied Calculus

 

 

-- OR --

3-4

MAT 129

Calculus I

 

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

29-35

Total Core Credits

38-46

TOTAL CREDITS

67-81

 

 

B.S. Forensic Science Track*

Credits

BIO 342

Biometry

3

BIO 302/302L

General Microbiology with Laboratory

4

BIO 320/320L

Entomology with Laboratory

4

BIO 400/400L

Advanced Molecular Biology with Laboratory

4

BIO 455

Scanning Electron Microscopy

 

 

-- OR --

3-4

CHE 350/350L

Instrumental Analysis with Laboratory

 

CHE 310/310L

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

4

CHE 311/311L

Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory

4

CHE 340/340L

Analytical Chemistry with Laboratory

4

CHE 482/482L

Biochemistry I with Laboratory

4

JUS 101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

JUS 204

Criminal Investigation

3

MAT 129

Calculus I

4

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

44-45

Total Core Credits

38-46

TOTAL CREDITS

82-91

*This track is designed to provide students who wish to pursue a career in forensic science with a solid background in the sciences while giving them the basic knowledge that they will need in order to succeed in the criminal justice system. It is strongly recommended that majors in the track complete the minor in criminalistics offered by the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership. By doing so, they will be much better prepared to work with law enforcement professionals. This track is designed to ensure that graduates who later decide to pursue some other area of work in the biological sciences or go to graduate school can do so with little if any additional coursework.

 

B.A. Biology Teacher Education Track*

Credits

BIO 358

Evolution of Organisms

3

BIO 304L

Ecology Laboratory

1

Select one plant course with laboratory

3-4

Select one animal course with laboratory

4

Select one course from the cellular/molecular/genetics group

3-4

EDU 104

Orientation: Education Profession/ Program

1

PSY 100

Introduction to Psychology

3

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

18-20

Total Core Credits

38-46

TOTAL CREDITS

56-66

*Additional EDU and EDA education courses (see College of Education and Human Services) are required. Students pursuing a biology/secondary education curriculum should review that portion of this catalog relating to secondary education. Upon deciding to pursue the teacher education program, students must meet with the certification specialist in the College of Education and Human Services. Each student will also be assigned an advisor from the Department of Biological Sciences who will work closely with him or her to make sure all requirements are met in a timely manner and in the proper sequence.

 

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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration

Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Appendices

Kentucky Residency

Index