General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Mathematics in Society
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following, one must come from the Natural and Physical Sciences category8
Natural and Physical Science (ND:LABSC)
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 1
General Chemistry I 1
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Additional Sciences (ND:SCI)
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Technology Solutions for Society
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Computer Science and Literacy
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Information Security
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 2
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Social Implications of Computer Technology 2
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
Bible as Literature
Women and Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Digital Media
Art History I
Art History II
History of Craft
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Popular/Rock Music
Social Science
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Two-Dimensional Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Photography I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39



Course satisfies the Digital Literacy graduation requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
BIOL 150General Biology I4
BIOL 151General Biology II4
BIOL 170General Zoology4
BIOL 311General Botany4
BIOL 315Genetics4
BIOL 310Microbiology4
or BIOL 441 Cell Biology
BIOL 410Field Ecology4
or BIOL 470 Limnology
BIOL 491Integrated Science Capstone2
Directed Electives
Select twelve hours from the following:12
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Environmental History
Plant Diversity
North Dakota Flora
Research Methods
Aquatic Entomology
Environmental Contaminants
Conservation Biology
Yellowstone Ecology
Human Sexuality
Laboratory Preparation and Management
Field Ecology
Restoration and Plant Ecology
Biostatistics and Experimental Design
Cell Biology
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Soil Science and Survey
Total Credits42

Total General Education 39-41 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 42 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Note: This major requires a minor

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study 

First Year
BIOL 1504BIOL 1514
CHEM 121 (Gen Ed)5CHEM 116 (Gen Ed)4
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 16 14
Second Year
Art & Music (Gen Ed)3BIOL 1704
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2BIOL 3154
MATH 107 (Gen Ed)4BIOL 3114
Minor course4Literacies (Gen Ed)3
 16 15
Third Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2BIOL 310 or 4414
Biology Directed Elective4Elective4
Elective2Minor Course4
Minor course4Social Science (Gen Ed) 3
Social Science (Gen Ed) 3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
Biology directed elective4Biology directed elective4
BIOL 410 or 4704Elective3
BIOL 4912Minor course4
Minor course4Minor course4
 14 15
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Biology Program the students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the major concepts in biology.
  2. Exhibit critical thinking skills by applying the scientific method to solve problems.
  3. Exhibit the ability to read and communicate in a scientific style.
  4. Analyze the consequences of activities on themselves and their environment.