Department of Biology
Degree Paradigms 
 CBU Biology Department
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  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science 
  • Ecology 
  • Biology Course Descriptions
  • Contact Information
    Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger
    Chair Biology Department
    (901)321-3453
    Office CW114 sthompso@cbu.edu
    Ecology Degree Paradigm and Checksheet

    Bachelor of Science in Ecology
    First Year Courses
    Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    BIOL 111 Principles of Biology I and lab 4 BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II and lab 4
    CHEM 113 Prin. of Chem I and lab 4 CHEM 114 Principles of Chem II & Lab 4
    ENG 111  English Composition I 3 ENG 112  English Composition II 3
    Elective (Math 117) or MATH 131 3 MATH 131  Calculus I  3
    Orientation 0 Social Science GER 3
    (Optional: elective) (3)
     Total credits
     17
    Total credits 14-17
    May Summer Term:  BIOL 210 Ecological Census Techniques  3 cr.
    Second Year Courses
    Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    Biology Elective & lab 4 Biology Elective and lab 4
    CHEM 211  Organic I and lab 4 CHEM 212  Organic II and lab 4
    PHYS 201 Intro Physics I and lab 4 PHYS 202  Intro Physics II and lab 4
    Literature GER 3 Religious Studies GER (200 level) 3
    Total credits
    15
    Total credits
    15
    Third Year Courses
    Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    BIOL 311  Genetics and lab 4 BIOL 340  Exp. Design & Analysis 3
    BIOL 412 General Ecology & Lab
      (or BIOL elective in odd # fall)
    4 Biology Elective and lab 4
    Chemistry and lab (usually Biochem I) 4 Liberal Arts Elective (any Sch of Arts course) 3
    Social Science GER 3 PHIL 325 Environ. Ethics 3
    Total credits
        15 Elective 3
    Total credits 16
    Fourth Year Courses
    Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    BIOL 440 Ecological Research I 2 BIOL 441  Ecological Research II 2
    BIOL 499  Comprehensive Exam 0 Biology Elective and lab 4
    Biology Elective and Lab
      (or BIOL 412 & Lab in even #'d fall)
    4 Biology Elective 3
    Biology Elective  3 Religious Studies GER (300 level) 3
    Elective
    3
    Elective
    3
    Elective 3  Total credits 15
    15
    Total credits

    Biology Electives:  (Minimum of 27 hours of biology electives 200 level or higher including 19 hours at or above the 300 level; including at least one course from each of the four groups listed below).
      ECOGroup I physiology and cell biology BIOL 312 Human Physiology; BIOL 321 Microbiology; BIOL 370 Toxicology; BIOL 421 Cell/Molecular Biology
      ECOGroup II development and evolution BIOL 211 Embryology BIOL 212 Comparative Anatomy; BIOL 346 Evolution 
      ECOGroup III plant biology
    and ecology
    BIOL 216 Botany; BIOL 210 Ecology Census Techniques; BIOL 398 Wetland Ecology; BIOL 303 Algae, Fungi & Lichens; BIOL 394 Dendrology; BIOL 304 Limnology
      ECOGroup IV organismal animal biology BIOL 335 Invertebrate Zoology; BIOL 369 Herpetology; BIOL 381 Animal Behavior;  BIOL 413 Parasitology; BIOL 497 Entomology

    Minimum of 14 hours of free electives with no more than 6 hours in biology unless the total credits exceeds 122.

    Chemistry elective:  any chemistry course with a lab at the 200 level or above will satisfy this requirement, but CHEM 315 Biochemistry or CHEM 214 Quantitative Analysis are recommended.

    PHIL 325 is highly recommended but could be replaced with another course that fulfills the moral values GER.

    Total credits for degree: 122.

    Minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses is required for graduation.  Transfer students must take at least 20 hours of biolgoy at or above the 300 level at Christian Brothers University.

    ALG 110, 115, 120; MATH 100, 103; and ENG 100 do not fulfill the free electives requirement.

    Current B.S. Ecology Degree Checklist (MSWord to print)