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Department of Biological Sciences


Beginning freshmen who have completed an advanced biology course in high school may apply to the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences during the semester preceding enrollment for advanced placement.

Freshmen scoring 3 on the Advanced Placement Test will receive credit hours for BIOL 1010/1011, BIOL 1020/1021. Those scoring 4 or higher will receive credit hours for BIOL 1110/1111, BIOL 1120/1121.

Biology Major (B.S.)

Students who earn a B.S. in Biology should attain the following objectives: (a) demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the principles, concepts, and theories pertinent at each level of biological organization; (b) apply principles of biological classification to the diversity of life and recognize phylogenetic relationships among organisms; (c) demonstrate skills in analytical reasoning and problem solving; (e) function successfully in laboratory and field settings, including the use of basic equipment, techniques, and safety protocols; (f) access, evaluate, and utilize biological information in print and electronic formats; (g) effectively communicate scientific knowledge and experimental results in both oral and written formats; (h) compete successfully for admission to graduate and professional programs and for employment utilizing their academic training.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements. Note that MATH 1830 or MATH 1910 is required for the Biology major.

B. College and Degree (B.S.) Requirements (12 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Science requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

C. The Major (52 hours in addition to University General Education Program  requirements)

Students must earn a grade of at least ā€œCā€ in all BIOL courses applied toward the major, the minor, and in all required chemistry, physics, and mathematical courses. BIOL, CHEM, MATH, and PHYS courses applicable toward the major or minor may not be taken more than three times. Students must earn a grade of at least "C" in BIOL 1110/1111 and BIOL 1120/1121, before enrolling in any upper division BIOL course.

Any BIOL course applicable toward the major or minor may be repeated once to earn a minimum grade of "C." To repeat a course a second time, a student must apply for and receive special permission from the department Undergraduate Studies Committee. Application information is available in the Biology Advising and Resource Center. A student may not attempt the same BIOL course more than three times, regardless of where it is taken. Courses cross-listed with BIOL (e.g., CHEM 4511, 4512, and 4501) also are subject to this course repetition policy.

Completion of 36 hours in BIOL courses, 16 hours in CHEM courses, 3-4 hours in MATH courses, and 8 hours in PHYS courses as outlined: BIOL 1110/1111, BIOL 1120/1121, MATH 1830 or 1910 (these courses are included in the University General Education Program), and BIOL 3072, 3073, 3130, 4100;18 additional upper division hours in BIOL courses approved by the department, including (a) one organismal diversity course from among BIOL 3200, 3620, 4245, 4375, 4640, 4644, 4740, 4744, or 4900, and (b) one additional laboratory or lecture/laboratory course; CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121, 3301/3310, 3501/3511; and PHYS 2010/2011, 2020/2021 or 2110/2111, 2120/2121. MATH 4611 or PSYC 3020 may be substituted for an upper-division BIOL elective course. No more than five total credit hours of research and practicum (BIOL 4000, BIOL 4001, BIOL 4570) can be applied toward major requirements.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Biology Minor

Completion of 18 semester hours in biology courses including BIOL 1110/1111, BIOL 1120/1121 and 10 upper division hours. No more than four total credit hours of research and practicum (BIOL 4000, BIOL 4001, BIOL 4570) can be applied toward minor requirements.

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program in Biology

This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Science in Biology during their senior year. Students are encouraged to begin planning to enter the Accelerated B.S./M.S. program early in their undergraduate career, in consultation with their advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Working with the undergraduate and graduate academic coordinators, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.S. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.S.

To apply, students must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, and must submit two reference letters and a copy of their transcript to the Biology department. Each applicant will complete an interview with the graduate academic coordinator in biology.

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for the accelerated B.S./M.S. program, which allows them to take graduate courses in biology. To continue in the program past the B.S., students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into the Biological Sciences department's M.S. program.

Only in ABM programs, up to 9 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. However, any graduate coursework will not apply to undergraduate GPA.

Typical 4-Year Biology Sequence

Freshman Year

CHEM 1110/1111 4 BIOL 1110/1111 4
ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH 1830 or 1910 3-4 CHEM 1120/1121 4
Foreign Language/B.S. 3 Foreign Language/B.S. 3
Semester Totals 13-14 hrs   14 hrs

Sophomore Year

BIOL 1120/1121 4 BIOL 3130 3
CHEM 3301/3310 4 CHEM 3501/3511 4
COMM 2381 3 ENGL 2201 or 2202 3
Humanities* 3 Elective** 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
Semester Totals 17 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

BIOL 3072/3073 4 BIOL 4100 3
PHYS selection*** 4 PHYS selection *** 4
UD Social Science/B.S. 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
Semester Totals 14 hrs   14 hrs

Senior Year

History* 3 History* 3
UD BIOL 3 Elective 3
UD Humanities/B.S. 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Choose: PHYS 2010/2011 and 2020/2021 or 2110/2111 and 2120/2121. PLEASE NOTE: MATH 1720 is a prerequisite for PHYS 2010 and 2020.

Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged as part of the elective hours.

Course Descriptions

College of Arts and Sciences

Aerospace Studies (AERO)
African and African American Studies (AAAS)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Biology (BIOL)
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Chemistry (CHEM)
City and Regional Planning (PLAN)
Computer Science (COMP)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJUS)
Earth Sciences (ESCI)
English (ENGL)
Emergency Management (EMGT)
Environmental Studies (ENVR)
Health Administration (HADM)
History (HIST)
International Studies (INTL)
Judaic Studies (JDST)
Mathematics (MATH)
Military Science (ARMY)
Naval Science (NAVY)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Physics (PHYS)
Political Science (POLS)
Public and Nonprofit Administration (PADM)
Psychology (PSYC)
Religious Studies (RLGN)
Social Work (SWRK)
Sociology (SOCI)
Women's Studies (WMST)

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Arabic (ARAB)
Chinese (CHIN)
Classics (CLAS)
French (FREN)
German (GERM)
Greek (GREK)
Hebrew (HEBR)
Italian (ITAL)
Japanese (JAPN)
Languages and Literature (LALI)
Latin (LATN)
Portuguese (PORT)
Russian (RUSS)
Spanish (SPAN)

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Accountancy (ACCT)
Business Administration (BA)
Economics (ECON)
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIR)
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Management (MGMT)
Marketing (MKTG))
Supply Chain Management Science (SCMS)

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Architecture (ARCH)
Art (ART)
Art History (ARTH)
Communication (COMM)
Communication/Fine Arts (CCFA)
Dance (DANC)
Interior Design (IDES)
Journalism (JOUR)
Theatre (THEA)


Applied Music (MUAP)
Music Appreciation (MUS)
Music Education (MUSE)
Music History, Literature, and Appreciation (MUHL)
Music Industry (MUID)
Music Theory and Composition (MUTC)
Sacred Music (MUSA)

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research

Counseling and Personnel Services (COUN)
Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR)

Health and Sport Sciences

Dietetics (NUTR)
Health and Human Performance (EXSS)
Health and Sport Sciences (HMSE)
Healthcare Leadership (HCL)
Health Promotion (HPRO)
Physical Education Activities (PHED)
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
Sport and Leisure Commerce (SLC)
Sport and Leisure Management (SLS)

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership

Early Childhood Education (ECED)
Educational Services (EDSV)
Elementary Education (ELED)
Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL)
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
Leadership (LEAD)
Reading (RDNG)
Special Education (SPED)

Herff College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BIOM)
Civil Engineering (CIVL)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)
Engineering (ENGR)
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Technology (TECH)

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Nursing (NURS)

University College

Family and Consumer Science (CSED)
Merchandising (MRCH)
Paralegal Studies (LEGL)
University College (UNIV)

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management

Hospitality and Resort Management (HPRM)

Independent Programs

Orientation Program (ACAD)
University Honors Program (UNHP)
University of Memphis Libraries (LBRY)

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