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At the Florida State University, the Department of Biological Science offers one undergraduate major, which is Biological Science. All undergraduate students who declare a major in Biological Science, and successfully complete the requirements for the major, receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biological Science.

Currently, a minimum of 38 hours in biological science coursework and a minimum of 26 hours of collateral coursework in mathematics, chemistry, and physics are required for the major. Twenty of the 38 biology hours are considered core courses required by all biological science majors. This required core emphasizes a broad education in the principles of biology. The remaining 18 hours consist of elective courses in biological science, chosen by each student based on individual interests, capabilities, or anticipated career.

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REQUIRED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE COURSES

  1. A total of thirty-eight (38) semester hours of biological science courses must be completed for the major. At least twenty (20) of the required thirty-eight semester hours must be taken at FSU. The 38 semester hours include the requirements described below.
     
    1. Eight (8) semester hours of required introductory biology courses including:

      BSC 2010 Biological Science I (3 hrs)
      BSC 2010L Biological Science I Lab (1 hr)
      BSC 2011 Biological Science II (3 hrs)
      BSC 2011L Biological Science II Lab (1 hrs)
       
    2. Twelve (12) semester hours of required upper division biology courses including:

      PCB 3063 Genetics (3 hrs)
      BSC 3402L Experimental Biology Lab (3 hrs)
      BSC 3016 Eukaryotic Diversity (3 hrs) or PCB 3134 Cell Structure and Function (3 hrs)
      PCB 4674 Evolution (3 hrs)

      Note: Beginning in Fall semester 2013 Eukaryotic Diversity replaced Plant Biology (BOT 3015) as a required upper division course. Students who took BSC 2011L at FSU before Fall Semester 2013 are required to take BOT 3015 and may not take Eukaryotic Diversity. Students who took BSC2011L after Summer 2013 are required to take Eukaryotic Diversity and may not take BOT 3015.
       
    3. Eighteen (18) semester hours of upper division elective biology courses including:
       
      1. A total of two Area Courses, representing two different Areas:

        Area I: Cell and Molecular Biology
        MCB 4403  Prokaryotic Biology (3 hrs)
        PCB 3134     Cell Structure and Function (3 hrs)
        PCB 4024     Molecular Biology (3 hrs)
        PCB 4253     Animal Development (3 hrs)

        Area II: Physiology
        PCB 4843 Fundamentals of Neuroscience (3 hrs)
        PCB 4701 Human Physiology (3 hrs)

        Area III: Ecology and Environmental Science
        BSC 3052     Conservation Biology (3 hrs)
        PCB 3043     General Ecology (3 hrs)
        ZOO 4513    Animal Behavior (4 hrs)
         
      2. Additional upper division elective biology courses at the 3000/4000 level to complete the required thirty-eight (38) semester hours of biological science courses.
         
  2. Completion of at least five (5) laboratory and/or field courses in biological science. In addition to the three required laboratory courses (BSC 2010L, BSC 2011L, BSC 3402L), two additional courses designated by an "L" or a "C" must be taken.
     
  3. No more than six (6) semester hours of honors work in biological science (BSC 4970), six (6) semester hours of Directed Individual Study (BSC 4900) or Research Methods (BSC 4933), four (4) semester hours of internship (BSC 4941), two (2) semester hours of Senior Tutorial (BSC 4931), and one (1) semester hour of Undergraduate Supervised Teaching (BSC 4945) can be applied to the thirty-eight (38) semester hours of biological science coursework.

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REQUIRED COLLATERAL COURSES

  1. Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science: Eight (8) to eleven (11) semester hours including:

        MAC 2311: Calculus with Analytical Geometry I (4 hrs)

        And ONE of the following four options:

    1. COP 3014: Programming I (3 hrs)
       
    2. MAC 2312: Calculus with Analytical Geometry II (4 hrs)
       
    3. STA 2171: Statistics for Biology (4 hrs)
       
    4. STA 2122: Introduction to Applied Statistics (3 hrs) plus one of the following 2nd statistics courses:

          STA 4102    Computational Methods in Statistics I (3 hrs)
          STA 4202    Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments (3 hrs)
          STA 4203    Applied Regression Methods (3 hrs)
          STA 4222    Sample Surveys (3 hrs)
          STA 4322    Mathematical Statistics (3 hrs)
          STA 4442    Introductory Probability I (3 hrs)
          STA 4502    Applied Nonparametric Statistics (3 hrs)
          STA 4664    Statistics for Quality and Productivity (3 hrs)
          STA 4702    Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 hrs)
          STA 4853    Time Series and Forecasting Methods (3 hrs).

       

  2. Introductory Chemistry: Eight (8) semester hours including:

        CHM 1045C or 1050/1050L    General Chemistry I (3 hrs) & Lab (1 hr)
        CHM 1046C or 1051/1051L    General Chemistry II (3 hrs) & Lab (1 hrs)

     
  3. Additional Physics and Chemistry, choose either option 1 or 2:

    1. Physics Eight (8) to ten (10) semester hours plus Organic Chemistry I (3 hrs):
    • PHY 2048C General Physics I (5 hrs) or PHY 2053C College Physics I (4 hrs) AND
    • PHY 2049C General Physics II (5 hrs) or PHY 2054C College Physics II (4 hrs) AND
    • CMH 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3 hrs)

    Or else you may choose

    2. Organic Chemistry I and II CHM 2210 and CHM 2211 (6 semester hours) plus four (4) to five (5) semester hours of physics, either:
    • PHY 2048C General Physics I (5 hrs) or PHY 2053C College Physics I (4 hrs)

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REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Students who decide to change their majors from biological science to another major and students from other majors often inquire about the requirements for receiving a minor in biological science. A minor in biological science requires a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of approved biological science courses to include the following or their equivalents:

BSC 2010  (3 hrs)
BSC 2010L  (1 hr)
BSC 2011  (3 hrs)
BSC 2011L  (1 hrs)

Additional biology elective courses (from among those biology courses approved for the major) to complete the twelve hours.

All biological science courses applicable to the biological minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Only one (1) semester hour of S/U graded course work may be taken for the minor (BSC 3930, 3938, and 4941 are S/U graded). In addition, a minimum of four (4) of the twelve (12) semester hours required for a biological science minor must be taken at FSU.

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REQUIRED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND STANDARDS

  1. All biological science courses applicable to the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
     
  2. All required collateral courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and statistics must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
     
  3. Designation, continuation, and graduation as a biological science major requires a minimum 2.0 biology GPA in all courses taken for the major (biological science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics). The biology GPA is calculated from all grades earned for courses in the major, whether taken for the first time or repeated.
     
  4. Effective starting Summer C 2011 and Fall 2011 semesters:
      A student who has not yet completed the prerequisite courses required for upper-division status (CHM 1045 and lab, CHM 1046 and lab, BSC 2010 and lab, BSC 2011 and lab) and earned more than one unsatisfactory grade (U, F, D-, D, D+) in courses required for the major in biological science (biological science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics) or their prerequisites at Florida State University or elsewhere, whether or not repeated, will not be permitted to graduate from Florida State University with a degree in biological science.
     
      A student who has completed the prerequisite courses required for upper-division status (CHM 1045 and lab, CHM 1046 and lab, BSC 2010 and lab, BSC 2011 and lab) and earned more than three unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D-, D, D+) in courses required for the major in biological science (biological science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics) or their prerequisites at Florida State University or elsewhere, whether or not repeated, will not be permitted to graduate from Florida State University with a degree in biological science.
     
  5. A biological science student who has been dismissed from FSU for academic reasons, or who has not been enrolled for two consecutive semesters (including summer), or who must apply for readmission, must meet the degree requirements of the General Bulletin in force on the date of readmission. Readmission to the University does not imply readmission to the biological science department.
     
  6. A student who is not in good academic standing in the major (i.e.biology GPA <2.0 or more than the allowed number of unsatisfactory grades in courses that apply to the major) must meet to discuss their progress with Dr. George Bates, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies (850-645-8843; 1067F King LSB)

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