Academic Catalog August 2008 - August 2009 Undergraduate and Graduate
To earn this degree, complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:
at least 35 units of liberal studies requirements. Be aware that you may not use courses with a BIO prefix to satisfy these liberal studies requirements.
at least 40 units of major requirements
32-39 units of math and science support courses
elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Consult the University catalog for the pre-requisites. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)
Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.
Also be aware that NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).
Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact the Biology Advisement Center for details.
For this major, you must complete at least the following 40 core units of biology courses and an additional 32-39 units of science support courses.
Complete the following 40 units with a grade of C or better in each course:
BIO 181:181L and 182 (8 units)
BIO 205 (4 units)
BIO 305W, which meets NAU's junior writing requirement (1 unit)
At least 2 of the following courses: BIO 340, 344, 350 (6 units)
At least 9 additional units from the following Biology courses: BIO 340, 344, 350, 346, 369, 349L, 375, 376, 401, 409, 410, 411, 440, 471, 475, 488C.
8-9 additional units from the following list of electives: BIO 201, 202, 300, 320, 326, 340, 343L, 344, 346, 349L, 350, 375, 376, 401C, 408, 409, 410, 411, 425C, 426C, 435, 440, 471C, 475, 479, 485, 488C, 497, 498, 499, 502, 545, 572; CENE 150, 280, 281L, 282L, 330, 332, 435, CHM 360L, 420, 440, ENV 280, 385, FOR 213, 340, GLG 301, 309, 451.
One of the following three capstone courses (3-4 units) : BIO 471C, BIO401C, BIO488C
In addition the following Math and Science Support courses must be completed (32-39 units):
CHM 151, 151L, 152, and 152L (9 units)
CHM 230, 230L and 320 (8 units) or CHM 235, 235 L, 238 (8 units)
CHM 360 or 461 (3 units)
MAT 125 plus STA 270 or PSY 230 (7-8 units), or only MAT 136 (4 units)
PHY 111, 111L, 112, and 112L (8 units) or PHY 161, 161L, 262, 262L, and 263 (11 units)
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic area, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with the Biology Advisement Center to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Click here for information about our Biology undergraduate courses and faculty.