Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Biology, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Respective program graduates should demonstrate synthetic, analytical, and interpretive skills.  
  • Knowledge/Content: Graduates should demonstrate that they are founded in the discipline at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels and that they have a fundamental understanding of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. 
  • Practical Skills: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory related skills.
  • Communication Skills: Respective program graduates should demonstrate strong oral, digital, and written communication skills.
  • Professional Attitude: Graduates demonstrate professional attitude, behavior, and ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in writing based on longitudinal data as opposed to point in time data.

Related Links

Biology, BA Program Page

Biology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
Core GPA: 2.0 or higher

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements39-40
Electives35

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Goal3
Global Community
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–Non-US3
Goal–US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal3
Science, Technology & Math
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab
MATH 125Precalculus4
or MATH 225 Calculus I
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal39
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Subtotal9
Total Hours48

Note

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements 

  • 20 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 20 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Students desiring a Biology Major must maintain at least a 2.000 average in Biology.
  • Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must achieve a 2.000 average in Principles of Biology - BIOL 104.
  • Students may register in 200-level courses in any order, but must maintain a Biology average of 2.000 or better and must complete the 200 core sequence before progressing to 300 and 400-level courses in the major.
  • A student must repeat any 200-level course that brings the Biology average below a 2.000.
  • Students should complete all 200-level Biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.
Biology Core Requirements
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab 14
BIOL 201General Botany with Lab 14
BIOL 212General Zoology with Lab 14
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab 14
Subtotal16
Required Upper-Level Biology
BIOL 492Biology Seminar 11
Subtotal1
Upper Level Biology Electives
Select nine credits of the following:9
Microbiology/Lab 1
Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab 1
Plant Anatomy with Lab
Molecular Biology with Lab 1
Ecology with Lab 1
Animal Physiology with Lab 1
Plant Physiology/Lab
Subtotal9
Additional Upper-Level Biology Electives
Select six credits from courses not chosen above, or any 300/400 level course listed below. 26
Subtotal6
Related Sciences – Chemistry
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 33
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 31
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I 33
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 31
Subtotal8
Required Major Field Test before Graduation
Field Test
Total Hours40

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 125Precalculus4
or MATH 225 Calculus I
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab

Electives

Recommended by the Biology Department
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1

Upper-Level Biology Electives

BIOL 301Forest Ecology 13
BIOL 302Ecology of Amphibians & Reptiles/Lab 13
BIOL 303Behavioral Ecology/Lab 13
BIOL 305Wetlands and Aquatic Plants/Lab 13
BIOL 306Freshwater Biomonitoring/Lab 13
BIOL 307Vertebrate Ecology/Lab 13
BIOL 308Aquatic Ecosystem Management / Lab 13
BIOL 310Plant Systematics with Lab 13
BIOL 311Entomology/Lab 13
BIOL 313Herpetology/Lab 13
BIOL 314Medical Parasitology with Lab 11
BIOL 315Medical Mycology/Lab 11
BIOL 316Medical Immunology with Lab 11
BIOL 317Ecology and Fungi 13
BIOL 319Medical Virology with a Lab 11
BIOL 320Ornithology/Lab 13
BIOL 321Wildlife Management/Lab 13
BIOL 322Conservation Biology/Lab 13
BIOL 323Stream Ecology/Lab 13
BIOL 325Biometry with Lab 13
BIOL 326Field Methods in Biogeography/Lab 13
BIOL 327Limnology/Lab 13
BIOL 330Microbiology/Lab 13
BIOL 331Mammology/Lab 13
BIOL 343Embryology with Lab 13
BIOL 345Introduction to Biological Electron Microscopy 12
BIOL 350Evolution 13
BIOL 356Field Ecology / Lab 13
BIOL 357Environmental Microbiology with Lab 14
BIOL 360Field Botany 13
BIOL 361Flora of Western Pennsylvania 13
BIOL 370Molecular Biology with Lab 13
BIOL 371Vertebrate Field Zoology 13
BIOL 373Ichthyology/Lab 13
BIOL 375Ecology of Fish / Lab 13
BIOL 400Disease Ecology 13
BIOL 401Ecology with Lab 13
BIOL 402Biogeography/Lab 13
BIOL 405Animal Physiological Ecology with Lab 14
BIOL 410Animal Physiology with Lab 13
BIOL 412Population Biology 13
BIOL 430Pathogenic Microbiology with Lab 13
BIOL 450Biology Internship 13
BIOL 451Plant Physiology/Lab 13
BIOL 465Plant Anatomy with Lab 13
BIOL 470Histology with Lab 13
BIOL 498Selected Topics 13
MARS 221Marine Invertebrates 13
MARS 241Marine Biology 13
MARS 250Wetland Ecology 13
MARS 260Marine Ecology 13
MARS 270Coastal Vegetation 13
MARS 298Selected Topics3
MARS 300Behavior of Marine Organisms 13
MARS 310The Mammals of Coastal Ecosystems 13
MARS 320Marine Microbiology 13
MARS 330Tropical Invertebrates 13
MARS 342Marine Botany 13
MARS 343Marine Ichthyology 13
MARS 344Anatomy of Marine Chordates 13
MARS 345Ornithology 13
MARS 350Physiology of Marine Invertebrates 13
MARS 398Selected Topics 13
MARS 420Marine Micropaleontology 13
MARS 431Ecology of Marine Plankton 13
MARS 458Exploration Methods in Marine Geology 13
MARS 490Independent Study 13
MARS 491Coral Reef Ecology 13
MARS 492Marine Mammals 13
MARS 498Selected Topics 13
MARS 500Problems in Marine Science 13

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

BIOLOGY - BA (6 08)
Revised 10.07.20
UCC 2/5/2019