Bachelor of Science in Biology

Career Outlook for Biology students (no specialization)


"General" Biology is the most flexible of our degree programs. Students take a suite of required courses that give them a strong background in all areas of Biology, then choose 3-4 additional upper level electives in areas of biology that especially interest them. Undergraduate Research credit hours may be used in place of one of these upper level courses. Students who obtain this degree often apply to work in research labs, become sales representatives in related fields (e.g., pharmaceutical or textbook sales), or go on to professional and graduate school. A brief list of additional occupations with a background in biology includes genetic counseling, biotechnology, conservation ecology, microbiology, toxicology, paleontology, herpetology, ecology, limnology, physiology, pharmaceutical sales representative and medical research. Most of these occupations require additional training at the M.S. or Ph.D. levels.


Suggested Curriculum Outline, BS in Biology


For First-Time Freshman (Scroll down for Transfer Students)

Course Credit Hours
Fall Year 1
16 total hours
BIO 100T Transitions 1
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life 3
CHE 201 General College Chemistry or MAT 160 Algebra & Trigonometry 5
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing & Inquiry 4
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
   
Spring Year 1 14 total hours
BIO 216 Biological Inquiry & Analysis 4
CHE 202 General Chemistry & Quantitative Analysis 5
MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry or MAT 250 Calculus & Analytical Geometry I 5
   
Fall Year 2 16 total hours
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form & Function 4
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function 4
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 5
CIV 201 World Civilization or CIV 202 World Civilization II 3
   
Spring Year 2 14 total hours
BIO 330 Principles of Ecology 4
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective 3
   
Fall Year 3 17 total hours
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
BIO 305 Evolution 3
PHY 130/131 General Physics I & Lab 4
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
XXX XXX Unrestricted Electives 3
   
Spring Year 3 14 total hours
BIO 333 Genetics 4
CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry 3
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective 3
   
Fall Year 4 14 total hours
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
XXX XXX Social Studies Elective 3
XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective 4
XXX XXX Ethics ELective (e.g., BIO 308) 3
   
Spring Year 4 15 total hours
BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
XXX XXX electives to complete 42 hours of upper level credit (300+) and 120 total hours 14

For Transfer Students with an Associate's of Science degree

Note, this pathway follows the pre-Biology Curriculum from WKCTC. It assumes that students have taken courses that will transfer as Murray State's BIO 115, BIO 216, CHE 201, CHE 202, MAT 150 and PHY 130/131. See Murray State Transfer Equivalency Tool to help you figure out how courses transfer from your current institution.

Course Credit Hours
Fall Year 1 Post Associate's Degree
16 total hours
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form & Function 4
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function 4
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 5
XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective 3
   
Spring Year 1 Post Associate's Degree 15 total hours
BIO 330 Principles of Ecology 4
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
   
Fall Year 2 Post Associate's Degree 14 total hours
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
BIO 333 Genetics 4
CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry 3
XXX XXX Unrestricted Electives 3
   
Spring Year 2 Post Associate's Degree 15 total hours
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
XXX XXX Upper LEvel Electives 6
XXX XXX Unrestricted Electives 4
BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1

For More Information Please Contact:

Dr. Claire Fuller
Department of Biological Sciences
2112 Biology Building
Murray, KY  42071
cfuller@murraystate.edu
270.809.2786

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