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Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology provides students the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses. Student research is also emphasized throughout the program. The program has five permanent faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, crustacean physiology, and marine algology. The location of the University provides students with a "natural laboratory" that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities. The Bachelor of Science program in biology comprises a core curriculum generally found nationwide in bachelor of science biology programs.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the general education requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses. To satisfy the residency requirement, 30 credits must be completed at UAS, including 24 upper division credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements43
Biology Electives20
Electives21

General Education Requirements

The following courses must be included in the GERs for a B.S. in Biology:

MATHS251Calculus I*4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
* Prerequisites include MATH S151 and MATH S152

Major Requirements

BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS482Evolution4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
CHEMS341Organic Chemistry4
CHEMS342Biochemistry4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3

select both

PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4

or both

PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4

Biology Electives

Select four from the following (20 credits):

BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology*4
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS396Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology**1-6
BIOLS398/S498Research**1-6
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS492Biology Seminar*2
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape3

* Only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the biology electives. Additional credits may be applied toward electives.

** Up to 6 credits total from BIOL S396/398/498 may be applied.

Electives

To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology

The B.S. degree in Marine Biology provides students with the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory and field courses with a core curriculum in Marine Biology. Student research is emphasized throughout the program. The program has faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, marine pollution, crustacean physiology, marine phycology. The location of the University provides students with a "natural laboratory" that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the General Education Requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs in Marine Biology are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements46
Marine Biology Core Classes11
Biology Electives6
General Electives21

General Education Requirements

Must include:

MATHS251Calculus I4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4

Major Requirements

BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS482Evolution4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
CHEMS341Organic Chemistry4
CHEMS342Biochemistry4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3

select both

PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4

or both

PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4

Select three from the following courses (11-12 credits total):

BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4

Biology Electives

Select from the following (6 credits total):

BIOLS239Intro to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology**2
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS396Field Studies*1-6
BIOLS398Research*1-3
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS492Biology Seminar**1
BIOLS498Research*1-6
ENVSS414Biogeochemistry3
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape3

* Up to 6 credits total from BIOL 396/398/498 may be applied

** Only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the Biology electives. Others may be applied toward general electives.

General Electives

To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

Biology and Marine Biology at UAS

The B.A. degree in Biology provides students with the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory and field courses with a breadth in liberal arts and sciences.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the general education requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses. To satisfy the residency requirement, 30 credits must be completed at UAS, including 24 upper division credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements36
Biology Electives10
Breadth Electives38

General Education Requirements

The following courses must be included in the GERs for a B.A. in Biology:

BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
MATHS151College Algebra for Calculus4

Major Requirements

BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS482Evolution4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
MATHS152 or higher3-4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3

select

BIOLS310Animal Physiology4

or

CHEMS___Any Upper Division Course4

Select two from the following (6 credits):

ASTRS225General Astronomy3
ENVSS102 or higher1-4
GEOLS104 or higher3-4
PHYSS102 or higher3-4
STATS373 or higher3-4

Biology Electives

BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology2
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS492Biology Seminar1

Breadth Electives

To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

Minor in Biology

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours18
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4

Select three from the following (10-12 credits):*

BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS271Ecology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS310Physiology4
BIOLS362Genetics4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS401Phycology4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS482Evolution4
* Must include at least one 4 credit course
 
 

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