Biology Major: Sample 4-year Plan

The four-year plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Biology (BS or BA)

FALL - Semester 1

BIOL 107: Introductory Biology I (F)
BIOL 145: On Being a Biologist
MATH 156: College Algebra (or placement)
CHEM 129: Basic Principles of Chemistry
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 2

BIOL 108: Introductory Biology II (S)
MATH 157: Plane Trig (or placement)
CHEM 130: Principles of Chemistry  I
LSP coursework

FALL - Semester 3

BIOL 210: WE/Intro to Writing about Biology (or Spring sem)
CHEM 131: Principles of Chemistry II
MATH 198: Analytic Geometry & Calculus I

SPRING - Semester 4

BIOL 300: Genetics (S)
BIOL Core Elective
CHEM 329: Organic I
STAT 190: Statistics
LSP coursework

FALL - Semester 5

BIOL Core Elective
CHEM 330: Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 331: Organic Chemistry II
PHYS 185: College Physics I
Elective or LSP coursework

SPRING - Semester 6

CHEM 332: Organic Chemistry Lab II
PHYS 186: College Physics II
BIOL Elective or Learning Plan*
Elective(s) and/or LSP coursework

FALL - Semester 7

BIOL Elective or Learning Plan*
BIOL Elective or Learning Plan*
BIOL 349 Writing Biology*
Elective(s) and/or LSP coursework

SPRING - Semester 8

BIOL 545: Senior Biology Seminar
BIOL Elective or Learning Plan
Elective(s) and/or LSP coursework

For BA: Students design an individualized Learning Plan in consultation with their academic advisor. The Learning Plan, to which very few restrictions apply, is intended to meet the life-long needs of the students.

For BS: Students select a minimum of 15 credit of BIOL courses except BIOL 100, BIOL 103, BIOL 106, BIOL 150, BIOL 204, BIOL 214, BIOL 215, BIOL 320, BIOL 321, BIOL 325, and BIOL 363. Note that CHEM 310: Modern Methods in Biochemistry and CHEM 335: Biochemistry I: Structure and Function may be used as biology electives.

*Can be taken any semester, typically junior and/or senior year.

(F)= Fall only (S)= Spring only

Department chair: please contact Jonathan Vieker with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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