Biology - Biological Sciences Emphasis, BS


Program Description

This B.S. Biology emphasis is designed for students interested in graduate school and seeking a career in research or academia. Students can cater their studies in this degree in multiple areas of biology including, molecular, biochemical, physiological, evolutionary and organismal. It is also the best option for students looking to apply to Veterinary school.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements

American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Biology Core Requirements
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics3
Mathematics & Physical Science Requirements
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 2320
CHEM 2325
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
MATH 1210Calculus I (MA)4
Complete one (1) of the following series of courses:
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
PHYS 2020
PHYS 2025
College Physics I (PS)
and College Physics I Lab (LAB)
and College Physics II
and College Physics II Lab
or PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
and Physics/Scientists EngineersII
and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab
Additional Biology Requirements
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
BIOL 3150
BIOL 3155
Biostatistics and the Scientific Method
and Scientific Method and Experimental Design
Pick one (1) of the following Technical Laboratory Courses
BTEC 2010DNA Methods and Analysis2
BTEC 2020Protein Purification and Analysis2
BTEC 2030Cell Culture Techniques 2
BTEC 2050Zebrafish Maintenance & Methodology2
BIOL 2300Fundamentals of Bioinformatics2
Complete one (1) of the following sets of courses:
BIOL 3450
BIOL 3455
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
or BIOL 3550
BIOL 3555
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
Complete one (1) of the following series of courses:
BIOL 3420Advanced Human Physiology3
BIOL 4500
BIOL 4505
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
and Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
or BIOL 4600
BIOL 4605
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
Complete one (1) of the following sets of courses:
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
and Herpetology Lab
and Ichthyology Lab
Marine Biology
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
and Ornithology Lab
and Mammalogy Lab
General Entomology
Complete the following seminar course:
BIOL 4910Senior Seminar1
Biology Electives
Complete 12 credits of upper-division BIOL or BTEC coursework not already used to fulfill another requirement. At least 7 credits must be BIOL prefix. Courses from the following list may also be used to fulfill this requirement:12
BTEC 3020Protein Cloning, Expression, and Purification1
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry II Lab
BTEC 3010Sequencing Methods and Techniques1
BTEC 3040Zebrafish Maintenance and Microscopy 1
BTEC 3050CRISPR/Cas9 Techniques1
BTEC 4020Advanced Protein Characterization1
BTEC 4040Techniques in Functional Genomics1
BTEC 4050In Situ Hybridization1
BTEC 4060Variant Validation in Zebrafish1

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C- or higher required in each Program Requirement, Core Discipline Requirement, and Biology Elective Requirement course.
  6. Maximum 6 total credits of BIOL 4810R, and/or BIOL 4890R, and/or BIOL 4930R may be used toward Biology requirements.