Biology, B.S.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B105

Major Requirements

Biology
BIOL 1124Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys4
BIOL 1134Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology and Diversity4
BIOL 3013Evolution3
BIOL 3333Genetics3
Electives
Choose 16 hours 116
Statistics
Choose one of the following:3
Understanding Statistics
Intro to Quantitative Biology
Quantitative Biology
Elements of Statistics
Total Credit Hours33

Major Support Requirements

Chemistry
CHEM 1315General Chemistry5
CHEM 1415General Chemistry (Continued)5
CHEM 3053Organic Chemistry I: Biological Emphasis3
CHEM 3152Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Biological Emphasis2
CHEM 3153Organic Chemistry II: Biological Emphasis3
or CHEM 3653 Introduction to Biochemistry
History of Science
Choose one of the following:3
History of Science to the Age of Newton 1
History of Science Since the Seventeenth Century 1
An approved HSCI course chosen from the list maintained by the Department of Biology
Physics
Choose one of the following:8
General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors
and General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors
General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors
and General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors
Math
MATH 1743Calculus I for Business, Life and Social Sciences3
or MATH 1823 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Total Credit Hours32

General Education and College Requirements

Courses graded P/NP will not apply

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/courses.

University-Wide General Education (minimum 40 hours) and College Requirements

Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Biology academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of Arts and Sciences, and Biology major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
MATH 1523 Precalculus and Trigonometry (Core I) 3
BIOL 1124 Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys 4
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry 5
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
MATH 1743
Calculus I for Business, Life and Social Sciences
or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
3
BIOL 1134 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology and Diversity 4
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
CHEM 1415 General Chemistry (Continued) 5
PHYS 2414
General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors
or General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors
4
BIOL 3013 Evolution 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
CHEM 3053 Organic Chemistry I: Biological Emphasis 3
PHYS 2424
General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors
or General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors
4
Statistics Requirement 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
CHEM 3153
Organic Chemistry II: Biological Emphasis
or Introduction to Biochemistry
3
CHEM 3152 Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Biological Emphasis 2
BIOL 3333 Genetics 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
HSCI 3013
History of Science to the Age of Newton
or History of Science Since the Seventeenth Century
3
Intermediate Language 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
BIOL Major Group Requirement, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
BIOL Major Group Requirement with Lab, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior
First Semester
BIOL Major Group Requirement, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
BIOL Major Group Requirement with Lab, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division (3000-4000-level) outside major (Gen.Ed.) 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Major Group Requirement, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Social Science (Core III) 3
Free Electives, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120