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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 units (crs.): 48 minimum
      • Other Requirements: In addition to the Core Courses:
        • Biology 230
        • Biology 231
        • Biology 349
        • One of the following Courses: Biology 319, 345, 450.
      • Electives: Additional units (crs.) (11 or more units (crs.)) from: 300-/400 level Biology courses.  Note:  Biology 333 may be used as an elective if it is not used to meet a requirement for a major, minor or licensure program in the College of Education and Human Services.

B. Secondary Education Emphasis

      • Recommended for students who plan to enter the Secondary Education Program in preparation for teaching high school Biology.
      • Required Units (crs.): 45 minimum

      • Other Requirements: In addition to the Core Courses:

        • Biology 211

        • Biology 212

        • Biology 230

        • Biology 231

        • Biology 349

        • Biology 351

      • Electives: Additional units (crs.)  (4 or more units (crs.)) from: 300-/400 level Biology courses.

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.
      • Required Units (crs.): 62 minimum
      • Other Requirements: In addition to the Core Courses:

        • Biology: 230 and 231 or 106

        • Biology 319 or 345 or 450

        • Biology 349 or 351

        • Biology 372

        • Biology 374 or 390

        • Biology 350, or 375 and 377, or 389 and 390, or 374 (if not used in above requirement)

        • Chemistry 234, 235, 303, 334, 335

      • Electives: At least two courses from these courses (if not used to fill preceding requirement):
        • Biology 306, 309, 315, 316, 321, 337, 350, 354, 375, 377, 389, 390
        • Chemistry 315

D. Ecology and Organismal Biology Emphasis

      • Recommended for students who have a special interest in ecology and/or organismal biology and who seek to learn more about evolutionary and conservation biology.
      • Required Units (crs.): 60 minimum
      • Other Requirements: In addition to the Core Courses:
        • Biology 230
        • Biology 231
        • Biology 349
        • Biology 319 or 345 or 450
        • Biology 325
        • Two courses from the following: Biology 326, 376, 386
        • Math 171 or Math 201 or Psychology 203 or Geography 385
      • Electives: 14 units (crs.) from these courses (if not used to fill preceding requirement):
        • Biology 300, 304, 308, 316, 318, 321, 326, 327, 328, 330, 332, 335, 336, 338, 354, 355, 358, 367, 376, 386.
        • Environmental Studies 314

E. Healthcare-Science Emphasis

      • Recommended for students seeking a rigorous undergraduate program in the biological and social sciences related to Healthcare, particularly if graduate education is desired. The Honors version of any course may be substituted. 
      • Required Units (crs.): 63 (includes at least 9 credits that contribute towards University Studies)
      • Other Requirements: In addition to the Core Courses:
        • Biology 211 or 308
        • Biology 233 or 309
        • Biology 319
        • Chemistry 234 and 235, 334 and 335, 303
      • Electives: 10 units (crs.) from these courses (if not used to fill preceding requirement):
        • Biology 300, 301, 303, 306, 308, 309, 310,312, 313, 315, 316, 321, 338, 341, 344, 354, 372, 374, 389, 390, 446 (must be Healthcare related).
      • One course from the following list may be counted towards the 10 credits of electives, provided that its prerequisites are met:
        • Chemistry 304, 315
        • Kinesiology 280, 350
        • Physical Education 375
        • Psychology 367, 383, 384, 456
      • Required Courses that contribute to University Studies: (9 crs.)
        • Mathematics: Math 171 or 172 or 175 or any statistics course that meets Bachelor of Science degree requirement.
        • Social Sciences: Psychology 101 or 102 or 104 or 110, plus one course from the following: Psychology 220, 271, 303, 310, 331, 338, 355, 380, 390, 391.

    F. Healthcare-Business Emphasis

        • Recommended for students seeking a broad background in the biological sciences related to Healthcare, combined with business essentials. The Honors version of any course may be substituted. 
        • Required Units (crs.): 70 (includes at least 6 crs. that contribute to University Studies)
        • Other Requirements: In addition to the Core Courses:

          • Biology 211 or 308

          • Biology 212 or 319

          • Biology 233 or 309

          • Biology 349

          • Business 198, 204, 311, 351, 361; plus any two of the following courses: Business 320, 331, 341, 371; Economics 204. Note: A maximum of 6 Business credits per semester are allowed.

          • Chemistry 101 and 102 (with a grade of B or better in both courses), or Chemistry 105 and 106, (Note: Chemistry 101 and 102 are a terminal sequence and never substitutes for Chemistry 105 and 106 should additional Chemistry be desired)

        • Electives: 10 units (crs.) from these courses (if not used to fill preceding requirement):
          • Biology 300 (must be Healthcare-related), 301 (must be Healthcare-related), 303, 306, 308, 309, 310, 312, 313, 315, 316, 321, 338, 341, 344, 354, 372, 374, 389, 390, 446 (must be Healthcare-related).
        • One course from the following list may be counted toward the 10 credits of electives, provided its prerequisites are met:
          • Kinesiology 280, 350
          • Physical Education 375
          • Psychology 367, 383, 384, 455
        • Required Courses that contribute to University Studies:
          • Mathematics: Math 204 and 206, or Math 171 or Psychology 203
          • Social Sciences: Psychology 101 or 102 or 104 or 110, plus one of the following: Psychology 220, 271, 363

     

    2. Environmental Health Major

        • This major is recommended for students who are interested in human health and the interaction of the human population with biological, chemical, and physical hazards.  Environmental Health is a professional degree involved with protection of public health from hazards found in the built and external environments.
        • Required Units (crs.): 58 minimum
        • Required Courses:
          • Biology: Biology 105 or 108, 113, 300 or 301 or 302, 303, 309, 312, 323, 338, 339, 445, 491.
          • Chemistry: Chemistry 105, 106, 234, 235, 334, 335
          • Physics: Physics 107 or 109
          • Math: Math 201 or any statistics course that meets the COLS BS math requirement.
        • Required University Studies Courses
            • Nursing 215 or Psychology 271
            • Philosophy 205 or 311
            • Public Administration 221, 307 or 366
          • Electives: One course from at least two different areas (6 crs.)
            • Built Environment: Urban Planning 320
            • GIS: Geography 391
            • Hydrogeology: Geology 365
            • Soils: Geography 304, Urban Planning 317
            • Water and Wastewater: Geography 364
            • Vector Control: Biology 332, 354
          • Recommended Courses:
            • Math: Math 171
            • Economics: Economics 204, 206, 360. 

       

        3. 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.
              • Required Units (crs.): 69 minimum
              • Required Courses:

                • Biology: Biology 105 or 108; Biology 106, 323, 327, 491

              • Other Required Courses: (26 units (crs.) minimum)
                • Chemistry: 21 units (crs.) from the following: Chemistry 105 or equivalent; Chemistry 106, 234, 235, 303, 334, 335
                • Mathematics: one term of calculus or higher
                • Physics: Physics/Astronomy 107 or 109
              • Additional Required Courses: (18 - 19 units (crs.))

                • Biology: Biology 309, 341, 375, 450, one of the following: Biology 313, 374, 377, 390

              • Electives: (7 or 8 units (crs.)) from the following: Biology 303, 312, 313, 315, 321, 338, 339, 343, 349, 354, 389, or the following if not used to fulfill requirement above: Biology 374, 377, 390.

           

          4. Radiologic Science Major

              • This major is for students desiring a career performing medical imaging using x-rays.  The student earns the Registered Radiologic Technology (RT(R)) credential alongside the BS degree.  The degree program involves 2-3 years of study at the UW Oshkosh campus, which includes earning the Associate of Arts & Science degree, followed by competitive admission to a 2-year program of study at an affiliated hospital.  A passing score on the national exam for the profession completes the BS degree requirements.
              • Required Units (crs.): A minimum of 60 credits in residence at UW Oshkosh; 60 credits from clinical training.
              • Required Courses:
                • Anthropology: Anthropology 202;
                • Biology: Biology 105 or 108; 211, 212; 
                • Chemistry: Chemistry 101, 102; or Chemistry 105 and 106 or Physics 107 and 108;
                • Kinesiology:  Kinesiology 170.
                • Math: Math 104 and 106; or Math 108;
                • Math: Math 201 or 301, or Economics 210, or Criminal Justice 281, or Geography 385, or Psychology 203 or 341, or Sociology 281.
                • Psychology: Psychology 101 or equivalent.

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