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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
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Biology Major


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Majors should start with BIO 110  followed by BIO 120  in their freshman year. Chemistry courses should also be started in the freshman year in order to fulfill the requirements for the 300- and 400- level biology courses. The core biology lectures and laboratories should be completed no later than the end of the junior year. Since BIO 301  is a pre- or corequisite for both BIO 305  and BIO 315 , it should be completed as soon as possible to avoid any delay in graduation. The 15 semester hours of electives allow a student to specialize or to take a variety of biology courses. Although some electives can be taken as early as the sophomore year, most will be taken in the junior and senior years. Students ares strongly advised to elect the remaining core course as one of the electives.

Biology Department Information:


Department Head: Marianne Laporte
Department Contact: mlaporte@emich.edu
Web site: http://www.emich.edu/biology/

Additional department Information is also available here  in the online catalog.

General Education Requirements:


For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .  Download the Gen Ed Checklist  here.

Major Requirements: 63-65


Biology: 36 hours


Biology Core Courses: 6 hours


Two courses from the following:

Restricted Electives: 14 hours


Choose an additional 14 semester hours at the 300- and 400-level in biology. At least one course must be at the 400 level. All courses must have a minimum prerequisite of BIO120. BIOT courses cannot be counted toward the biology major. No more than six hours of BIO387 Cooperative Education and BIO497-499 Undergraduate Research in Biology can be counted toward the major.

Minor Requirements:


This program requires a minor. Please contact your program adviser for a list of possible minors.

Program Total:


Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Note:


Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Options are BIO306W and BIO311W.

Students who plan to pursue graduate work in biology or who are in a preprofessional  program should select Option I: CHEM371/372/373 Organic Chemistry I-II with lab.

Critical Graduation Information:


The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.
  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.

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