Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Biology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Professional - 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 - Professional, BS 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
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements59-60
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives3

* 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
Select 9-10 credits of the following:9-10
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Lab
Calculus I
General Physics I with Lab
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal36-37
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Subtotal9
Total Hours45-46

Note

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 Requirements/Concentration

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 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 1,24
BIOL 201General Botany with Lab 1,24
BIOL 212General Zoology with Lab 1,24
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab 1,24
Subtotal16
Required Upper-Level Biology
BIOL 492Biology Seminar 11
Subtotal1
Upper-Level Biology Electives
Select five courses of the following:15
Biometry with Lab 1
Microbiology/Lab 1
Cell Biology/Lab 1
Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab 1
Molecular Biology with Lab 1
Ecology with Lab 1
Animal Physiology with Lab 1
Plant Physiology/Lab 1
Subtotal15
Additional Upper-Level Biology Electives
Select two courses which can come from courses not chosen above, or any 300/400 level course listed below. 36
Independent Study Options
Select one of the following options:3
Independent Study
Independent Study 4
Non-Independent Study
Select one BIOL or MARS course from Additional Upper-Level Biology Electives
Subtotal9
Major Field Test
Required of all Biology students before graduation
Field Test
Related Sciences – Chemistry
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 43
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 41
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I 43
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II 43
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 41
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 41
Subtotal12
Related Sciences – Chemistry Advanced Elective
Select one of the following:3
Physical Chemistry 1 4
Biochemistry I 4
Related Sciences – Physics
Select one of the following:3-4
General Physics III/ Lab 4
Any 300/400 level BIOL elective 5
Total Hours59-60

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 225Calculus I4
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4

Additional 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 Lab1
BIOL 320Ornithology/Lab 13
BIOL 321Wildlife Management/Lab 13
BIOL 322Conservation Biology/Lab 13
BIOL 323Stream Ecology/Lab 13
BIOL 326Field Methods in Biogeography/Lab 13
BIOL 327Limnology/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 371Vertebrate Field Zoology 13
BIOL 373Ichthyology/Lab 13
BIOL 375Ecology of Fish / Lab 13
BIOL 402Biogeography/Lab 13
BIOL 405Animal Physiological Ecology with Lab 14
BIOL 412Population Biology 13
BIOL 430Pathogenic Microbiology with Lab 13
BIOL 450Biology Internship 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 Topics 13
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 441Biology of Molluscs 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 - Professional (PRFL) - BS (6108)
Revised 3/2019
UCC 2/5/2019