2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 05, 2023  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biology (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact
Volker Brözel, Department Head
Department of Biology and Microbiology
Alfred Dairy Science Hall 228
E-mail: biomicro@abs.sdstate.edu
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Program Information
The curriculum in General Biology provides breadth of exposure to fundamental areas of biology.  Students majoring in Biology without a specialization take coursework providing a balance of cell, molecular, and organsimal classes. Students select from microbiology, botany and animal based classes based on their desired career path.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Biology major, students will:

  • demonstrate understanding and application of evolution; biological structure and function; biological and biochemical pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and biological systems.
  • apply the process of science.
  • demonstrate understanding of and application of quantitative reasoning; information flow, exchange, and storage; relationship between science and society.
  • tap into the interdisciplinary nature of science.
  • communicate and collaborate with other disciplines.

Academic Requirements
A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the major courses.

Course Delivery Format
Program coursework is on-campus, in classroom and laboratories, as well as field-based settings. Additional coursework is available at off-campus attendance centersLimited coursework is available online.

Requirements for Biology Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

System General Education Requirements

Institutional Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Advanced Writing and Capstone

General Biology Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


1 Students planning for professional or graduate degree programs should take MATH 121 or 123 and 125.
2 PHYS 101-101L is not sufficient for students planning to enter professional or graduate degree programs.

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