Biology - Natural Sciences Emphasis, BS


Program Description

The B.S. Biology Natural Science emphasis is designed for students seeking a career in Organismal or Field Biology. This includes careers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Services, Fish and Game, National Parks Services, State Parks, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Local Governments.

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 2400
BIOL 2405
Plant Kingdom (LS, ALPP)
and Plant Kingdom Lab (LAB, ALPP)
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics4
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
BIOL 3110Scientific Writing3
or BIOL 3120 Science Communication
BIOL 4910Senior Seminar1
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
ENVS 1210
ENVS 1215
Introduction to Environmental Science
and Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
GEOG 3600
GEOG 3605
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3-4
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
PHYS 1010
PHYS 1015
Elementary Physics (PS)
and Elementary Physics Lab (LAB)
or PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I (PS)
and College Physics I Lab (LAB)
Additional Biology Requirements
Complete three (3) of the following sets of courses:
Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 3340
& BIOL 3345

Plant Taxonomy (ALPP)
and Plant Taxonomy Lab (ALPP)
and Herpetology Lab
and Ichthyology Lab
Marine Biology
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
and Ornithology Lab
and Mammalogy Lab
General Entomology
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
Elective Courses
Complete 12 credits from the following or from any upper-division BIOL course listed above not already used to fulfill a requirement.
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
Cancer Biology
BIOL 3340
& BIOL 3345

Developmental Biology
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
and Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
Independent Research
Senior Thesis
Advanced GIS Analysis
Geoprocessing with Python
Calculus I (MA)
Statistics for Scientists
and Scientific Method and Experimental Design

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.