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2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog 
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology BS

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Biology students must declare their major by the time they have taken 60 semester hours. A minimum of 36 hours of biology must be completed, of which 18 hours are at the upper-division level and taken in residence with UC Denver Downtown Campus biology faculty. Included in the 36 hours are 22 semester hours of biology core courses, required of all majors. At least 14 hours of upper-division biology elective courses beyond the core are required to fulfill the remaining hours, including one 4000-level lecture course. A maximum of 6 semester hours of independent study (BIOL 3840/4840) or a combined maximum total of 6 hours of independent study (3 hours) and internship/cooperative education (BIOL 3939) (3 hours) can be counted toward the 14 hours of upper-division electives in biology. The minimum grade in each UC Denver biology course is C- (1.7). However, a GPA of 2.5 in biology courses taken at UC Denver is required to graduate. To ensure a proper background for the study of biology, majors are required to pass 31 hours of course work in ancillary disciplines, including two semesters of general chemistry laboratory, for which the minimum grade is C- (1.7). MATH 2830 and MATH 4830 may substitute for Calculus I (MATH 1401). All biology courses applied to the undergraduate biology major must be completed within 10 years of graduation. The following biology and ancillary courses are required and must be completed with a letter grade of C- (1.7) or higher:

Requirements for the Major

One of the following structure/function courses:

Total Biology Core: 22 Hours

Biology Electives

Biology elective courses (3000 or 4000 level)  *

Total Electives: 14 Hours

Biology (core and electives) Total: 36 Hours


Total Ancillary Core: 31-33 Hours

The following courses will not count toward the BS in biology:


* Biochemistry as a Biology Elective

Students who have taken both semesters of organic chemistry (CHEM 3411 and CHEM 3421) may use either biochemistry (CHEM 3810) or 4 hours of the general biochemistry series (CHEM 4810 and 4820 combined) as one of their required upper-division biology electives.

Organismic Track

The organismic track was developed for biology majors interested in an integrative and holistic background in biology, which includes the diversity of organisms, how they evolved, how they function and how they interact with their environment. In addition to the core requirements for the biology major, students are expected to select one course from each of four knowledge areas when completing their upper-division electives. These areas are: (1) molecular biology and heredity, (2) cell biology, (3) diversity of form and function and (4) ecology and evolution. This track is particularly valuable for students who want to pursue advanced degrees in the biological sciences or want to teach biology. Interested students should contact an undergraduate major advisor in the department for additional information and guidelines.


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