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Ecology degree curriculum

Sample Paradigm for BS in Ecology 2016-2017

This sample paradigm shows a normal 4 year progression towards a degree in ecology. Some of the courses should be taken in this order due to prerequisite structures, others may be switched. 

 Freshman Year Semester I credits 
 BIOL 111 & 111L Principles of Biology I & Lab  4
 CHEM 113 & 113L Principles of Chemistry I & Lab  4
 ENG 111 English Composition I  3
 Elective1,2  3
 CBU 101  0
 Total  14

Freshman Year Semester II  credits
BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II & Lab 4
CHEM 114 Principles of Chemistry II & Lab 4
ENG 112 English Composition II 3
MATH 131 Calculus I 3
Social Sciences GER 3
Total 17

Sophomore Year Semester I  credits
Biology Elective & Lab 3 4
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4
PHYS 201 Introduction to Physics I & Lab 4
Literature Elective 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year Semester II  credits
Biology Elective & Lab 4
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II & Lab 4
PHYS 202 Introduction to Physics II & Lab  4
Religious Studies GER (200 level) 3
Total 15

Pre-Summer Term: BIOL 250 Ecological Census Techniques*  3 

Junior Year Semester I credits
BIOL 311 Genetics & Lab 4
BIOL 412 General Ecology & Lab                4
CHEM 200+ 5 4
Social Science GER 3
Total 15

Junior Year Semester II credits
BIOL 340 Exp. Design & Analysis                3
Biology elective & Lab 4
PHIL 325 Environmental Ethics 4 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 16

Senior Year Semester I credits
BIOL 440 Research I 2
BIOL 499 Comprehensive Exam                  0
Biology Elective & Lab 4
Biology Elective 3
Religious studies GER (300 level)  
3
Total 12

 

Senior Year Semester II  credits
BIOL 441 Research II                                    2
Biology Elective & Lab 4
Biology Elective 3
Elective              3
Elective  3
Total  15

Total credits required for the degree.................................. 122

BIOLOGY ELECTIVES (Minimum of 27 hours of biology electives 200 level or higher including 19 hours at or above the 300 level; including at least one course from each of the four groups listed below).
ECO Group I: BIOL 312 Human Physiology, BIOL 321 Microbiology, BIOL 370 Toxicology, BIOL 421 Cell/Molecular Biology
ECO Group II: BIOL 211 Embryology, BIOL 212 Comparative Anatomy, BIOL 346 Evolution
ECO Group III: BIOL 216 Botany, BIOL 250 Ecological Census Techniques, BIOL 398 Wetland Ecology, BIOL 303 Algae Fungi & Lichens, BIOL 394 Dendrology, BIOL 304 Limnology; select pre-approved special topics courses
ECO Group IV: BIOL 335 Invertebrate Zoology, BIOL 369 Herpetology, BIOL 381 Animal Behavior, BIOL 413 Parasitology, 
select pre-approved special topics courses
  
* This course can be taken during the pre-term summer session before Sophomore or Junior Year. 

  1. Students must take MATH 117 and/or CHEM 101 if they do not place into MATH 131 and/or CHEM 113. 
  2. Minimum of 14 hours of free electives; no more than 6 hours of these in biology unless total credits exceed 122 hours. 
  3. Minimum of 27 hours of biology electives at or above 200 level; must include at least one course from each of the four groups listed above; minimum of 19 hours of biology electives must be at or above the 300 level. 
  4. This course is highly recommended but could be replaced with another course that fulfills the moral values requirement. 
  5. Recommended: Any chemistry course at the 200 level or above will satisfy the requirement (3 – 4 hours).

Contact information:

Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology
phone:  (901) 321-3451
e-mail:  jmoore25@cbu.edu