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Bachelor of Science in Astronomy

Astronomy tells us about the place of humankind in the universe: how Earth was created, how the Sun was formed, how galaxies form and evolve. It tells us where the universe is going and where it came from. Astronomers address these questions at a fundamental level. Their goal is to determine the basic and controlling properties of the universe and to transmit that knowledge to society. The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy is designed to give students an understanding of the universe and to prepare them to participate in the advancement of this exciting search.

Two options are available: astronomy and astronomy honors. Students who plan to follow option II, astronomy honors, must be admitted to it as described in this chapter in the section "Dean's Scholars Honors Options."

Prescribed Work Common to Both Options

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Option I: One of the following foreign language/culture choices. Students in option II are exempt from this requirement. [2]
    1. Second-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language.
    2. First-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language and a three-semester-hour course in the culture of the same language area.
    3. Two three-semester-hour foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean's office and the college advising centers.
  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  4. Six semester hours of American history.
  5. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  6. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  7. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
  8. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours in physics and astronomy, must be completed in residence at the University.
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Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option

Option I: Astronomy

  1. Six semester hours in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, and/or geological sciences. Chemistry 301 and the courses in the Elements of Computing Program may be counted toward this requirement; any other course to be counted must meet major requirements in the department that offers it.
  2. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or the equivalent; and 427K, 427L, and 340L. Only courses at the level of calculus and above may be counted toward the total number of hours required for the degree.
  3. Physics 301, 101L, 315, 115L, 316, 116L, 336K, 352K, 453, 362K, 369, and 373.
  4. Twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy, including Astronomy 352K, 353, and 358. Astronomy 351 is recommended.
  5. Nine additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics and/or astronomy.
  6. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 123 semester hours.

Option II: Astronomy Honors

  1. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course, and fifteen additional hours chosen from at least three of the following areas: biology, chemistry, computer sciences, and physics. To count toward this requirement, a course must be an honors or major-level course or section.
  2. Twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  3. Nineteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in physics approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  4. Three additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy or physics.
  5. Natural Sciences 301C.
  6. A section of Rhetoric and Writing 309S that is restricted to Dean's Scholars.
  7. Astronomy 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  8. Twenty-five additional hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  9. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.
  10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in physics and astronomy courses taken at the University and used to fulfill requirements 11, 12, and 13 (option I) or 9, 10, 11, and 12 (option II) of the prescribed work above.

To graduate under option II, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 15 above and must present their research in an approved public forum, such as the annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session. Students must also have a grade point average at graduation of at least 3.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Students who fail to maintain an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.25 will usually be academically dismissed from option II; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.

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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is intended to prepare students for professional careers as chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields. In addition, it may serve as the basis for work in many areas outside pure chemistry, such as materials science, medicine and other health-related fields, pharmacology, patent law, business, and environmental science. The computation option is intended to prepare students for the workplace by giving them opportunities to develop hands-on computation skills. The honors option is intended to prepare students for academic or research careers.

Students who plan to follow option III, biochemistry honors, must complete the application process described in this chapter in the section "Dean's Scholars Honors Options."

Prescribed Work Common to All Options

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Options I and II: One of the following foreign language/culture choices. Students in option III are exempt from this requirement. [3]
    1. Second-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language.
    2. First-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language and a three-semester-hour course in the culture of the same language area.
    3. Two three-semester-hour foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean's office and the college advising centers.
  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  4. Six semester hours of American history.
  5. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  6. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  7. At least thirty-six semester hours of chemistry:
    1. General chemistry: Chemistry 301 or 301H, 302 or 302H, and 204 or 317. Students in the honors option must complete Chemistry 301H and 302H.
    2. Organic chemistry: Chemistry 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N; or 210C, 310M, and 310N.
    3. Biochemistry: Chemistry 339K, 339L, 369L, and 370.
    4. Physical chemistry: Chemistry 153K and 353M.
    5. Analytical chemistry: Chemistry 455.
  8. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
  9. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry, must be completed in residence at the University.

Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option

Option I: Biochemistry

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M; and at least three semester hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics or computer sciences.
  2. One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
  3. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325; and nine additional semester hours in biology, chosen from the following courses. These nine hours must include at least three hours in each of the following areas; a single course may not fulfill this requirement in more than one area.
    1. Cellular and developmental biology: Biology 320, 126L and 226R, 226T, 330, 331L, 344, 347, 349, 360K.
    2. Physiology: Biology 328, 339, 345, 361T, 365R or 371M, 365S.
  4. Nine semester hours of coursework in the College of Natural Sciences (excluding chemistry), the College of Engineering, and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Any course designed for science or engineering majors may be counted. With the exception of the courses in the Elements of Computing Program, a course may not be used to fulfill this requirement if it cannot be counted toward major requirements in the department that offers it. No more than six hours of laboratory or field research from the Jackson School or any department in the College of Natural Sciences or the College of Engineering may be counted.
  5. At least six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Chemistry 431,* 341,* 354, 354L, 367L, 369K,* 369T, 371K,* 375K or 475K, and 376K.* At least three of these hours must be in a laboratory course; courses marked with an asterisk fulfill this laboratory requirement. No more than three semester hours in Chemistry 369K may be counted toward this requirement; three additional hours may be counted as electives. No more than three semester hours in Chemistry 371K may be counted toward this requirement; three additional hours may be counted as electives.
  6. A total of forty-two semester hours of chemistry.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 127 semester hours.

Option II: Computation

Students who complete option II may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Elements of Computing Program and may apply to the director of the program for a certificate of completion.

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K, 408L, and 408M; and either 340L or 341.
  2. One of the following sequences: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
  3. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325; and nine additional semester hours in biology, chosen from the following courses. These nine hours must include at least three hours in each of the following areas; a single course may not fulfill this requirement in more than one area.
    1. Cellular and developmental biology: Biology 320, 126L and 226R, 226T, 330, 331L, 344, 347, 349, 360K.
    2. Physiology: Biology 328, 339, 345, 361T, 365R or 371M, 365S.
  4. Chemistry 368 (Topic: Computational Chemistry).
  5. Twelve semester hours in the elements of computing, consisting of Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, and six hours chosen from Computer Sciences 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, and 329E.
  6. Three semester hours chosen from the following laboratory courses: Chemistry 431, 341, 369K, 369T, 371K, and 376K.
  7. A total of forty-two semester hours of chemistry.
  8. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 127 semester hours.

Option III: Biochemistry Honors

  1. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course, Biology 315H, Chemistry 301H and 302H, and six semester hours of coursework in computer sciences and/or physics. To count toward this requirement, a course must be an honors or major-level course or section.
  2. Natural Sciences 301C.
  3. A section of Rhetoric and Writing 309S that is restricted to Dean's Scholars.
  4. Chemistry 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  5. Twenty-eight additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  6. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in each course in chemistry taken at the University and used to fulfill requirement 7 of the prescribed work above.

To graduate under option III, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 13 above and must present their research in an approved public forum, such as the annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session. Students must also have a grade point average at graduation of at least 3.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Students who fail to maintain an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.25 will usually be academically dismissed from option III; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.

Order and Choice of Work

The student must consult the undergraduate adviser each semester regarding order and choice of work.

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Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program offers nine options: ecology, evolution, and behavior; human biology; marine and freshwater biology; microbiology; cell and molecular biology; neurobiology; plant biology; teaching; and biology honors. (Admission to option IX, biology honors, requires completion of the application process described in this chapter in the section "Dean's Scholars Honors Options.") The options have certain prescribed work in common, and each option has additional requirements. Many fields in the study of biological systems require broadly based training that transcends the classical boundaries of biology. In planning a program of work to meet his or her degree requirements, a student interested in specializing in these interdisciplinary areas should choose courses both in biology and in sciences that complement biology. Students who plan to complete the program within four years will have little flexibility in course selection unless they plan a schedule in advance. See "Order and Choice of Work" below for more information.

Prescribed Work Common to All Options

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Options I–VII: One of the following foreign language/culture choices. Students in options VIII and IX are exempt from this requirement. [4]
    1. Second-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language.
    2. First-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language and a three-semester-hour course in the culture of the same language area.
    3. Two three-semester-hour foreign culture courses chosen from a list available in the dean's office and the college advising centers.
  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  4. Six semester hours of American history.
  5. Three semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  6. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  7. At least twenty-four semester hours of upper-division coursework beyond Biology 325 in biology and approved related fields, including at least one course from each of the following areas. The student must earn a grade of at least C in each course. In most options, the student must use specific courses to meet this requirement; these courses are listed in Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option.
    1. Cellular, developmental, and molecular biology: Biology 320, 226R, 344, 349.
    2. Physiology and neurobiology: Biology 328, 361T, 365R.
    3. Ecology, evolution, and behavior: Biology 357, 359K, 370, 373.
  8. At least eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in biology must be completed in residence at the University. All students must complete at least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option

Option I: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K and 408L.
  2. An eight-semester-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N.
  3. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
  4. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325, with a grade of at least C in each. These courses must be completed before the student progresses to other upper-division biology courses.
  5. At least four laboratory courses in biology, with a grade of at least C in each. Three of these courses must be upper-division. One of the four courses must have a field component; the following courses may be used: Biology 321L, 342L, 353L, 455L, 456L, 373L, Marine Science 352D, 354, 354C.
  6. Biology 318M with a grade of at least C, and three hours of coursework chosen from the following: Chemistry 310M, computer sciences courses at the level of Computer Sciences 313E or 307, Geological Sciences 401 or 303, and upper-division mathematics courses.
  7. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must choose from the following courses and must complete at least three hours of coursework in each area.
    1. Ecology: Biology 456L, 357, 364, 364E, 373, 373L, 375, Marine Science 352C, 354Q.
    2. Evolution: Biology 370.
    3. Cellular, developmental, and molecular biology: Biology 320, 323L, 325L, 325T, 126L, 226R, 226T, 327, 127L, 330, 130L, 331L, 332, 333, 335, 336, 337J, 339, 339M, 343M, 344, 347, 349, 350M, 360K, 160L, 366, 366R, 367, 368L, 379G, 379J.
    4. Physiology, neurobiology, and behavior: Biology 322, 122L, 328, 128L, 329, 129L, 438L, 339, 345, 359J, 359K, 359R, 360K, 160L, 361, 361L, 361T, 365L, 465M, 365N, 365R, 365S, 365T, 365W, 371L, 371M.
    5. Taxon-based diversity courses: Biology 321L, 324 and 124L, 327 and 127L, 340L, 342L, 448L, 353F, 353L, 354L, 455L, 262, 262L, 369L, 472L, 374 and 174L, 478L, Marine Science 352D, 354, 354C, 354E.
  8. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option II: Human Biology

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K and 408L.
  2. An eight-semester-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N.
  3. Chemistry 301, 302, and 204.
  4. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325, with a grade of at least C in each. These courses must be completed before the student progresses to other upper-division biology courses.
  5. At least four laboratory courses in biology and related fields, with a grade of at least C in each. Three of these courses must be upper-division. The student must complete Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 309H. Anthropology 323K, 432L, 348, Kinesiology 324K, and Marine Science 120L may be counted toward this requirement, but the student must complete at least one upper-division laboratory course in biology.
  6. Biology 318M with a grade of at least C; and Chemistry 210C, 310M, and 310N with a grade of at least C in each.
  7. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must complete Biology 346, at least six semester hours in area a below, and at least three hours each in areas b through e.
    1. Cellular and molecular biology: Biology 320, 323L, 325L, 126L and 226R, 344. Biology 323L, 325L, 126L, and 226R may not be counted both toward requirement 15a and toward requirement 16a, 16b, or 16c.
    2. Anatomy: Anthropology 432L, Biology 478L, Kinesiology 324K.
    3. Physiology: Biology 345E, 361T, 365R, 371M.
    4. Behavior and psychology: Anthropology 323K, 350M, Biology 359K, 359R, Psychology 332.
    5. Evolution and ecology: Anthropology 348, Biology 357, 364, 370, 373. Biology 373 may not be counted both toward requirement 15e and toward requirement 16f.
  8. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must complete at least fifteen semester hours of coursework, including at least nine hours of upper-division work, in one of the following concentrations.
    1. Cellular, molecular, and developmental biology: Chemistry 369 and twelve hours chosen from the following courses: Biology 323L, 126L, 226R, 226T, 328D, 330, 130L, 331L, 332, 337 (Topic: Development and Evolution), 339M, 345, 349, 365N, 366R, 379J.
    2. Genetics and biotechnology: Chemistry 369 and twelve hours chosen from the following courses: Biology 325L, 325T, 126L, 226R, 347, 366, 366R, 368L, 379G, 379J, Philosophy 325M.
    3. Pathogenesis and immunity: Chemistry 369 and twelve hours chosen from the following courses: Biology 126L, 226R, 226T, 329, 129L, 330, 130L, 336, 347, 360K, 160L, 361, 361L, 365T.
    4. Social aspects of health and disease: Biomedical Engineering 301, Sociology 308, 319, 330C, 336C, 354K, Geography 357, Pharmacy 350K, Philosophy 325M, Women's and Gender Studies 345 (Topic 35: Psychosocial Issues in Women's Health).
    5. Problems of developing countries: Biology 351, Geography 326K, 339K, 340D, 342C, 346, 356, 357, 358, Sociology 319, 324K, 346, 369K, 369L.
    6. Human impact on the environment: Biology 359, 373, 373L, 375, 478T, Geography 326K, 334, 335N, 336C, 339K, 346, 366K, 367K, Marine Science 320, 120L, 354Q, Philosophy 325C, Sociology 319. Biology 373 may not be counted both toward requirement 15e and toward requirement 16f.
  9. Biology 137 (Topic 1: Human Biology), completed on the pass/fail basis in the student's senior year.
  10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option III: Marine and Freshwater Biology

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K and 408L.
  2. An eight-semester-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N.
  3. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 210C, 310M, and 310N.
  4. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325, with a grade of at least C in each. These courses must be completed before the student progresses to other upper-division biology courses.
  5. At least four laboratory courses in biology, with a grade of at least C in each. Three of these courses must be upper-division. The student must complete Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 309H.
  6. Biology 318M with a grade of at least C.
  7. Geological Sciences 307 or Marine Science 307; Biology 101C (Topic: Marine Science Seminar); and three semester hours in geological sciences, chosen from courses that may be counted toward the requirements for a major in geological sciences.
  8. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must complete the following courses.
    1. Biology 126L and 226R.
    2. Marine Science 320 and 120L.
    3. At least twenty-one semester hours of coursework chosen from the following: Biology 321L, 327, 127L, 328, 128L, 354L, 361T, 370, 375, Geological Sciences 422K, Marine Science 440, 352C, 352D, 353 (Topic 17: Marine Fish Physiology), 354C, 354Q, 354T, 354U, 367K, 170, 270, 370, Biology 448L or Marine Science 354, Biology 364 or Marine Science 354E. Six hours of this coursework must be completed at the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas.
  9. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
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Option IV: Microbiology

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K and 408L.
  2. An eight-semester-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N.
  3. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 210C, 310M, 310N, and either 369 or both 339K and 339L.
  4. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325, with a grade of at least C in each. These courses must be completed before students progress to other upper-division biology courses.
  5. Five semester hours of upper-division laboratory coursework, chosen from Biology 129L, 130L, 160L, 361L, and 368L.
  6. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must complete the following courses.
    1. Biology 126L, 226R, 226T, 330, and 360K.
    2. Biology 329 or 332; 333 or 366; and 339 or 364.
    3. Six semester hours chosen from the following: Biology 329, 332, 333, 335, 336, 339, 339M, 361, 364, 366. A course counted toward requirement 14a or 14b may not also be counted toward requirement 14c.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option V: Cell and Molecular Biology

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K and 408L.
  2. An eight-semester-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N.
  3. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 210C, 310M, 310N, 339K, 353 or 353M, 370, and either Biology 339 or Chemistry 339L.
  4. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325, with a grade of at least C in each. These courses must be completed before the student progresses to other upper-division biology courses.
  5. At least four laboratory courses in biology, with a grade of at least C in each. Three of these courses must be upper-division. In addition to biology courses, Chemical Engineering 253M and 264 may be counted toward this requirement.
  6. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must complete the following courses.
    1. Biology 320 and 344.
    2. Biology 126L, 226R, 331L or 368L, 349, and 370.
    3. Biology 366, 366R, 379G, or 379J.
    4. At least nine semester hours chosen from the following: Biology 323L, 325L, 226T, 329, 129L, 330, 130L, 332, 333, 335, 336, 339, 339M, 343M, 345, 347, 350M, 360K, 160L, 366, 367, Chemical Engineering 322, 353, 253M, 354, 360, 379 (Topic: Cell and Tissue Engineering).
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option VI: Neurobiology

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K and 408L.
  2. An eight-semester-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N.
  3. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 210C, 310M, and 310N.
  4. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325, with a grade of at least C in each. These courses must be completed before the student progresses to other upper-division biology courses.
  5. At least four laboratory courses in biology, with a grade of at least C in each. The student must complete Biology 205L, 206L, or 309H; and at least nine semester hours chosen from the following courses: Biology 323L, 325L, 331L, 365L, 371L, 478L, Electrical Engineering 374L.
  6. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must complete the following courses.
    1. Biology 320, 344, 349, 370, and either 365R or 371M.
    2. Six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Biology 359K, 365D, 365N, 365T, 365W.
    3. Six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Biology 318M, 337J, 465M, Chemistry 353 or 353M, 354, 369 or both 339K and 339L, 370, Computer Sciences 313E, 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, Electrical Engineering 411, 313, 325, 438, 338K, 351K, 374K.
    4. Three additional semester hours chosen from the following courses: Computer Sciences 303E, Psychology 308, 332, 353K.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
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Option VII: Plant Biology

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K and 408L.
  2. An eight-semester-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; Physics 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N.
  3. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 210C, 310M, and 310N.
  4. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325, with a grade of at least C in each. These courses must be completed before the student progresses to other upper-division biology courses.
  5. At least four laboratory courses in biology, with a grade of at least C in each. Three of these courses must be upper-division. The student must complete Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 309H. Biology 177, 277, or 377 may be counted only once toward the laboratory requirement.
  6. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must complete at least twenty-four hours of coursework chosen from the following: Biology 320, 322 and 122L, 323L, 324 and 124L, 327 and 127L, 328, 128L, 331L, 343M, 350M, 351, 262 and 262L, 363, 370, 472L, 373, 373L, 374 and 174L, 375.
  7. Eleven additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in the College of Natural Sciences or the Jackson School of Geosciences. A course may not be counted toward this requirement if it does not fulfill major requirements in the department that offers it.
  8. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option VIII: Teaching

This option is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification as a middle grades or secondary school science teacher in Texas; the student chooses either composite science certification with biology as the primary teaching field or life science certification. However, completion of the course requirements does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

  1. Mathematics 408C and 408D, or 408K and 408L.
  2. An eight-semester-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N.
  3. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, and 210C, and either Chemistry 310M and 310N or 310M and 369.
  4. Biology 311C, 311D, and 325, with a grade of at least C in each. These courses must be completed before the student progresses to other upper-division biology courses.
  5. At least four laboratory courses in biology, with a grade of at least C in each. Three of these courses must be upper-division. The student must complete Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 309H.
  6. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must complete the following courses.
    1. Biology 320, 126L, 226R, 226T, 370, and either 324 and 124L or 322 and 122L.
    2. At least three semester hours chosen from the following courses in physiology, neurobiology, and behavior: Biology 322, 122L, 328, 328D, 128L, 329, 129L, 438L, 339, 345, 359J, 359K, 359R, 360K, 160L, 361, 361L, 361T, 365L, 465M, 365N, 365R, 365S, 371L, 371M.
    3. One of the following courses with a substantial field component: Biology 321L, 340L, 342L, 353L, 455L, 456L, 373L, Marine Science 352D, 354, 354C.
  7. One of the following research methods courses: Biology 328D, 337 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach).
  8. History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
  9. One of the following:
    1. For composite science certification: Six semester hours of coursework in geological sciences. Courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement. The remaining composite certification content requirements are met by the chemistry and physics courses used to fulfill requirements 10 and 11.
    2. For life science certification: Biology 373 and three additional semester hours of biology chosen from the courses listed in requirement 14b.
  10. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: Curriculum and Instruction 650S, UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, 110, 350, 355, 360, 170.
  11. Students seeking middle grades certification must complete the following courses: Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development), or Psychology 301 and 304; and Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 10: Secondary School Reading in the Content Subjects).
  12. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option IX: Biology Honors

  1. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course; Biology 315H and 325H; Chemistry 301H and 302H; and either a three-semester-hour honors-designated computer sciences course or Physics 301, 315, or 316.
  2. Chemistry 204, 118K, 118L, 318M, and 318N.
  3. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, the student must complete Biology 320 or 344, 349, 365R, 370, and at least six additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in biology chosen from a list available in the student's advising office.
  4. Three upper-division laboratory courses in biology.
  5. Natural Sciences 301C.
  6. A section of Rhetoric and Writing 309S that is restricted to Dean's Scholars.
  7. Biology 679H.
  8. Thirty-two additional semester hours of coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  9. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.
  10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours.

Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in each biology course counted toward the degree, in each course used to fulfill requirement 7 of the prescribed work, and in each course used to meet the prescribed work requirements for his or her option.

To graduate and be recommended for certification, students who follow the teaching option must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. They must earn a grade of at least C in each of the professional development courses listed in requirement 18 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review; those seeking middle grades certification must also earn a grade of at least C in each of the courses listed in requirement 19. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

To graduate under the honors option, students must earn a grade of A in each half of Biology 679H and must present their research in an approved public forum, such as the annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session. Students must also have a grade point average at graduation of at least 3.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Students who fail to maintain an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.25 will usually be academically dismissed from the honors option; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.

Order and Choice of Work

Students begin the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program with six hours of introductory biology for science majors (Biology 311C and 311D), as well as Chemistry 301 and 302 and Mathematics 408C and 408D. The genetics course, Biology 325, is prerequisite to other upper-division biology courses. Students should consult with academic advisers about specific concentrations within biology, about appropriate courses in mathematics and physical sciences, and about course load and the balance between laboratory and nonlaboratory work. Most students select an option by the end of the second year and take at least twenty-one hours of upper-division coursework in the major in the third and fourth years.

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