UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

BIOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY


G. Drecktrah, J. Zilinsky Co-Chairpersons
Department Office: Halsey Science Center 142
Department Telephone: 920-424-1102

Code 26 or BIOLOGY

I. FACULTY

Adler, Anand, Bentivenga, Drecktrah, Hein, Holton, Kallas, Lansman, Lizotte, McDermott, Rainboth, Shors, Snyder, Spangler, Vaughan, Wise, Zilinsky

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Biology or Microbiology can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Education.

Graduate: Students who complete a major in our department may want to continue in our graduate program, leading to the degree Master of Science.

For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)

See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

2. THE MAJOR(S)

The Department offers two majors. These are: 1) Biology, 2) Microbiology.

Students must choose an emphasis within the Biology major. These are: a) Liberal Arts, b) Secondary Education, c) Cell/Molecular Professional. Students wishing broad training in Biology should select the Liberal Arts emphasis.

3. THE MINOR(S)

The Department offers two minors: 1) Biology, 2) Microbiology.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Biology and Microbiology major or minor.

Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

For Biology Major only:

Biology

  • 26-105 Biology Concepts - 4 cr. OR 26-108 Honors: Concepts in Biology - Unity 5 cr.
  • 26-111 Biological Orientation 2 cr.
  • 26-230 Biology of Animals 4 cr.
  • 26-231 Biology of Plants and Microbes 4 cr.
  • 26-323 Introduction Molecular and Cell Biology 3 cr.
  • 26-343 Genetics 4 cr.
  • 26-349 Ecology and Evolution 3 cr.
  • 26-491 Senior Seminar 2 cr.
Chemistry (10 cr. total)

Mathematics

  • as specified for College of Letters and Science (COLS) requirements for degree:
B.S. - either Calculus I or higher, statistics, computer science or symbolic logic
B.A. - no additional math requirement
B.S.E. - algebra

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. BIOLOGY MAJOR

A. Liberal Arts Emphasis

Recommended for students seeking a broad, general purpose background in biology.

Required credits: 46 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Mathematics

  • As specified for College of Letters and Science (COLS) requirements for degree:
B.S. - either Calculus I or higher, statistics, computer science or symbolic logic
B.A. - no additional math requirement

Other Requirements: 5 cr.

Biology: (any one of these three): 26-319, or 26-345 or 26-450.

Electives:

Additional credits (5 or more credits) from 26-212, 26-233 or 300-/400 level Biology courses for a minimum of 36 credits.

B. Secondary Education Emphasis

Recommended for students who plan to enter the Secondary Education Program in preparation for teaching high school Biology.

Required Credits: 46 minimum

Required Courses: In additon to the Core Courses: (Secondary Education Emphasis students do NOT take 26-491 from Core).

  • Chemistry: (10 or more credits)
32-105 or 32-101 and 32-102, or equivalent; 32-106 or 32-109 or 32-110
  • Mathematics:
as specified for College of Letters and Science (COLS) requirements for degree:
B.S. - either Calculus I or higher, statistics, computer science or symbolic logic B.A. - no additional math requirement
Other Requirements:

Biology: 8 credits 26-211, 26-212, 26-351.

Electives:

From among Biology courses (4 credits) at the 300 or 400 level, to make a total of 36 credits in all (26-233 Microbial Survey is also an eligible elective)

Education majors are required to take 26-349 to meet the Department of Public Instruction Environment Education Requirements for Biology Education majors.

C. Cell/Molecular Professional Emphasis

Recommended for students who wish to prepare for careers in cell or molecular biology, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, biotechnology or many other biological and biomedical sciences. This emphasis is good preparation for graduate school in these fields. A Bachelor's Degree often sufficient for professional placement. See index for additional requirements that may be needed for certain preprofessional programs.

Required Credits: 68 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses: (21 credits mimimum)

  • Chemistry:
32-105 or 32-101 and 32-102, or equivalent 32-106 or 32-109 or 32-110, 32-235 or 32-335 or 32-305
  • Mathematics: Calculus I or higher

Other Requirement:

15 or 17 credits

Electives: At least two of these elective courses.

Biology: 6 credits from the following: 26-309, 26-315, 26-316, 26-321, 26-337, 26-341, 26-350, 26-354, 26-389.

2. MICROBIOLOGY MAJOR

Recommended for students who wish to prepare for careers in microbiology, biotechnology and allied health areas, for graduate study in Microbiology, Biochemistry and many other biological and biomedical sciences. A Bachelor's degree is often sufficent for professional placement.

Required Credits: 71 minimum

Required Courses:

26-343, 26-349, 26-491

Other Required Coures (26 minimum)

  • Mathematics: one semester of calculus or higher

Additonal Required Courses: (18 or 19 credits)

Biology: 26-309, 26-341, 26-375, 26-450, one of the following: 26-313, 26-374, 26-390

Electives: (5 or 6 credits) from the following: 26-312, 26-315, 26-321, 26-339, 26-354, 26-389.

Possible minor: A minor in chemistry would require ONLY 32-221 in addition to the chemistry courses specified.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. BIOLOGY MINOR

Recommended for students who are interested in Biology. This Minor can be pursued by students in any college of the University.

Required Credits: 25 minimum

Required Courses:

Biology: 26-105, 26-230, 26-231, 26-233, 26-343; and sufficient courses from the following departmental offerings to meet the minimum credit requirement: 26-319 or 26-345 or 26-450 or 26-221 or 26-211 and 26-212.

2. MICROBIOLOGY MINOR

Recommended for students who are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Medical Technology or other allied health fields.

Required Credits: 22 minimum

Required Courses:

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement including:

Comment:

26-301 may be taken to fulfill the required 36 credits for the Microbiology major.
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Last Updated July 1, 1999