University Bulletin 2016-17

Majors in Arts and Sciences may be completed with a minimum of 120 semester hours unless designated otherwise. At least 30 hours of course work, which represents 25% of the required 120 hours, must be at the upper division level in order to fulfill the University’s residency requirement. At least 15 of the 30 upper-division hours must be in the major or concentration area. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the student’s major or concentration area.

Effective for fall, 2016, Major Milestones are used in all concentrations of the Biology Bachelor of Science major to help students stay on track for timely graduation. Each regular semester in the Biology major is a tracking term. In order to remain on track, students must complete the milestone requirements for each tracking term. These requirements are viewable on the Major Milestone tab above.

Major milestone requirements apply only to full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2016 or later. Milestone requirements do not apply to transfer students in the Biology program.

The sample academic plan viewable on the Major Milestone tab above is designed to ensure graduation in the Biology major in four years. Several academic plans are available -- consult with your academic advisor for the plan that is the best fit for you. For specific course requirements, refer to the program requirements above and the General Education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Requirements for a Major in Biology

Students desiring to major in biology must meet the general requirements for a degree of Bachelor of Science in addition to the following requirements.

Major in Biology Credit Hours
1. At least 37 hours of biology, including:  37
BLY 121 (L) AND BLY 122 (L) 8 hrs  
BLY 301, 302, 303 9 hrs  
Upper level courses 20 hrs  
The upper-level choices will be based on career counseling provided by advisors using models of tracks including (but not limited to) Botany, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Cell/Microbiology, and Zoology (see department web site for examples).
NOTE: A "C" or better in BLY 121, BLY 121L, BLY 122, BLY 122L, or the equivalents, are prerequisites to all courses numbered 300 or above except by permission of the Chair of the Department of Biology. A year of college chemistry, or advanced high school preparation in biology and chemistry is highly recommended for these two introductory courses. Credit will not be allowed for both the non-major sequence (BLY 101, BLY 101L, and BLY 102, BLY 102L) and the major/minor sequence (BLY 121, BLY 121L, BLY 122, BLY 122L.)
Upper level courses not listed here will count towards a biology major, but do not satisfy the requirements above.
2. Chemistry   
CH 131    
CH 132    
CH 201    
3. A year of Physics (PH 114, PH 115) OR Geology (GY 111 and GY 112)
4. Mathematics through Calculus (MA 115 and 125) or Statistics (MA 115 and ST 210)

General Education Requirements For Biology Majors

Areas I, II, and IV of the General Education Requirements for Biology are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that Area III requirements (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.

Effective for fall, 2016, Major Milestones are used in all concentrations of the Biology Bachelor of Science major to help students stay on track for timely graduation. Each regular semester in the Biology major is a tracking term. In order to remain on track, students must complete the milestone requirements for each tracking term. These requirements are viewable on the Major Milestone table below. 

Major milestone requirements apply only to full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2016 or later. Milestone requirements do not apply to transfer students in the Biology program. 

The sample academic plan viewable on the Major Milestone tab below is designed to ensure graduation in the Biology major in four years. Several academic plans are available -- consult with your academic advisor for the plan that is the best fit for you. For specific course requirements, refer to the program requirements above and the General Education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

 

 Biology Sample 4+Year Plan with Milestones 

 

Term 1 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 CAS 100 First Yr Exp - College Success   2  Must complete at least 12 hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA
 EN 101* English Composition I   3  
 MA 115*/MA 113 Precal Algebra-Trigonometry ACT Math 25 4  
 CH 131/131L General Chemistry I ACT Math 24  4  
 BLY 121/121L General Biology I ACT Math 22 4  
       17  
Term 2 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EH 102 or Honors English Composition II EH 101 or test score 3 EH 101 or EH 105*
 ST 210 Stat Reason and Application   3  CH 131 and lab with a grade of D or better*
 CH 132/132L General Chemistry II CH 131 4  
 BLY 122/122L General Biology II BLY 121 4  
         
       14  
Term 3 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 BLY 301 Cell Biology BLY 122 and CH 131 3  BLY 121 and lab with a grade of C or better*
 BLY 302 Genetics BLY 122 and CH 131 3  
 CH 201/201L Organic Chemistry I CH 132 4  
 Foreign Language I      3  
 CA 110 Public Speaking   3  
       16  
Term 4 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 BLY 303 Ecology and Evolution BLY 122 and CH 131 3  BLY 301 or BLY 302 or BLY 303 with a grade of C or better
 Minor/Elective     3  CH 201 and lab with a grade of D or better
 Foreign Language II      3  
 English Literature    EH 102 or Honors 3  
 History (US or West. Civ.)      3  
       15  
Term 5 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Biology Elective 300 level or higher BLY 301, 302 and 303*** 4  BLY 301, BLY 302, and BLY 303 with a grade of C or better
 Biology Elective 300 level or higher BLY 301, 302, and 303*** 3  
 GY 111/111L or PH 114/114L Geology or Physics sequence required   4  
 Fine Arts Elective      3  
       14  
         
Term 6 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Biology Elective 300 level or higher BLY 301, 302, and 303*** 3 Apply for graduation
 Biology Elective 300 level or higher BLY 301, 302, and 303*** 3  
 GY 112/112L or PH 115/115L Geology or Physics sequence required   4  
 Social/Behavioral Elective**      3  
 Minor     3  
       16  
Term 7 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Biology Elective 300 level or higher BLY 301, 302, and 303*** 4  Complete a total of at least 12 upper division (300-400) Biology elective hours
 Humanities Electives**      3  
 Social/Behavioral Elective      3  
 Minor     3  
 Minor     3  
       16  
Term 8 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Biology Elective 300 level or higher  BLY 301, 302, and 303*** 4  Complete a total of at least 20 upper division (300-400) Biology elective hours
 Humanities Elective     3  
 Social/Behavioral Elective      3  
 Minor      3  
       13  
       Total degree hours = 121  
All bolded courses meet general education requirements.
  • Students with ACT Math scores 22-23 should take CH 100 and MA 112 in the first semester, and they will graduate with 128 hours; MA 125 also satisfies the math requirement. Students with ACT Math scores 21 and below should begin math courses in the summer before Fall - Year 1.
*   Students who earn an English ACT score of 27, or a written SAT score of 550, can opt out of EH 101.
** Must have one history elective and one literature elective. In addition, students must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence.
*** There may be additional prerequisites for upper level major electives. Refer to the bulletin for more information.
All Arts and Sciences majors require a minor between 18 and 24 hours. Courses used in a minor can also be used for general education requirements or major requirements (up to two courses).
Two designated writing (W) courses are required with at least one course chosen from offerings in the student's major or minor. Courses carrying this required credit are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.
The Sample 4-year plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections. This information provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an advisor.

Department of Biology web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/biology

Undergraduate Studies

The program of the Department of Biology is designed to contribute to a scientific background as part of a liberal education. The department offers a diversified, broadly based program, which can be designed to satisfy many areas of study. Our multitrack major can provide the traditional student with a well-rounded background in biology, or students may select courses to prepare them for a particular area of study. The multitrack curriculum can prepare students for graduate study, pre-health professional fields (such as medicine or dentistry), marine biology, or environmental science. The department has persons trained to advise in each of these areas. A list of advisors for a specific track or area of study can be obtained from the departmental office.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students, who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

Biology majors are required to take CIS 150 or ST 210 to fulfill the technology proficiency requirement, which was formerly known as the computer proficiency requirement.

Effective for fall, 2016, Major Milestones are used in all concentrations of the Biology Bachelor of Science major to help students stay on track for timely graduation. Each regular semester in the Biology major is a tracking term. In order to remain on track, students must complete the milestone requirements for each tracking term. These requirements are viewable on the Major Milestone tab above.

Major milestone requirements apply only to full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2016 or later. Milestone requirements do not apply to transfer students in the Biology program.

The sample academic plan viewable on the Major Milestone tab above is designed to ensure graduation in the Biology major in four years. Several academic plans are available -- consult with your academic advisor for the plan that is the best fit for you. For specific course requirements, refer to the program requirements above and the General Education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.