Biology B.S. - Genetics and Evolution

Bachelor of Science - Biology; Genetics and Evolution Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 72-90

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

Note: The Genetics and Evolution concentration is for students interested in genetics and evolutionary biology, including molecular genetics, population genetics, ecological genetics, and genomics. This concentration is a graduate prep program, and is for students interested in academia or research jobs in private or government laboratories. It is also an excellent concentration for students interested in a professional health program such as medical school or a genetic counseling graduate program.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog.


Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core17
Upper-Division Core Courses Required by the Genetics & Evolution Concentration11
Additional Upper-Division Courses Required for the Genetics & Evolution Concentration16-20
Genetics/Evolution Depth Courses
Physiology Requirement
Required Courses Outside of the Major28-42
Mathematics - Calculus
Mathematics - Statistics
Advanced College Writing Requirement
Total Hours72-90

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

Note: The lower division core should be completed before attempting most upper division major courses. AP Biology credit with a score of 3 may be substituted for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrncpls of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 170NPrincpls Biological Diversity3
BIOB 171NPrincpls Biological Dvrsty Lab2
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core Courses Required by the Genetics & Evolution Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 375General Genetics3
BIOB 486Genomics3
BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOE 371Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)2
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Upper-Division Courses Required for the Genetics & Evolution Concentration


Note: If introductory chemistry is completed, then BCH 380 must be taken. Either BCH 380 or BCH 480-BCH 482 may be taken if the advanced chemistry sequence is completed.

Complete one of the following courses:4-6
BCH 380
BCH 480
& BCH 482
Advanced Biochemistry I
and Advanced Biochemistry II
Total Hours4-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Genetics/Evolution Depth Courses

Complete three of the following courses:9-10
BIOB 480
Conservation Genetics
BIOB 483
Phylogenics and Evolution
BIOB 488
Programming for Biology
BIOE 403
Comparative Vert Anatomy
BIOE 406
Behavior & Evolution
BIOL 484
Plant Evolution
BIOM 410
Microbial Genetics
BIOM 415
Microbial Dvrsty Eclgy & Evltn
CSCI 451
Computational Biology
Total Hours9-10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physiology Requirement

Complete one of the following courses (labs must be taken if available):3-4
BIOB 425
Adv Cell & Molecular Biology
BIOL 435
Comparative Animal Physiology
BIOM 450
& BIOM 451
Microbial Physiology
and Microbial Physiology Lab
BIOO 433
& BIOO 434
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Required Courses Outside of the Major

Mathematics - Calculus

Note: Student should choose M 171 if they plan to take additional calculus courses or if they plan to double major or minor in a field that requires more calculus (e.g. astronomy, math, physics, biochemistry, computer science).

Complete one of the following courses:4
M 162
Applied Calculus
M 171
Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

Complete either one semester or a full year of statistics from the following:4-8
One Semester:
STAT 216
Introduction to Statistics
Full Year:
STAT 451
& STAT 452
Statistical Methods I
and Statistical Methods II
STAT 457
& STAT 458
Computer Data Analysis I
and Computer Data Analysis II
Total Hours4-8

Minimum Required Grade: C-



  • Students who begin in the advanced chemistry sequence may substitute those courses for introductory sequence courses at the discretion of the major advisor.
  • Students should choose the advanced sequence for graduate preparation.
Complete a sequence of general and organic chemistry:10-20
Introductory Chemistry (10 credits):
Introduction to General Chemistry
CHMY 123
& CHMY 124
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab
Advanced Chemistry (20 credits):
& CHMY 142N
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
& CHMY 144N
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
CHMY 221
& CHMY 222
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHMY 223
& CHMY 224
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
Total Hours10-20

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
& PHSX 206N
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
& PHSX 208N
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics:
& PHSX 216N
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
& PHSX 218N
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc (require M 171 and M 172)
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: To complete the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Biology students take 2 or 3 partial writing courses (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 1/3 writing course and one 2/3 writing course) or one complete writing course. The Genetics & Evolution concentration requires one 2/3 writing course: BIOE 371. The Advanced College Writing Requirement is completed with one additional course, chosen from any of the following.

1/3 Advanced Writing Courses

BCH 482Advanced Biochemistry II3
BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 425Adv Cell & Molecular Biology3
BIOB 483Phylogenics and Evolution3
BIOE 403Comparative Vert Anatomy4
BIOE 409Behavior & Evolution Discussion1
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology5
BIOL 484Plant Evolution3
BIOM 402Medical Bacteriology& Mycology3
BIOO 320General Botany5
BIOO 434Plant Physiology Lab1
BIOO 470Ornithology4
BIOO 475Mammalogy4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

BCH 486Biochemistry Research Lab3
BCH 499Senior Thesis/Capstone3-6
BIOB 411Immunology Laboratory2
BIOB 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6
BIOE 342Field Ecology5
BIOE 371Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)2
BIOM 411Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab1
BIOM 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete Advanced Writing Course

BIOH 462Principles Medical Physiology3

Minimum Required Grade: C-