Biology Major: Sample 4-year Plan

The 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

TRU 112: On Being a Biologist + TRU 100: Truman Symposium
BIOL 107: Cells, Molecules, & Genes
MATH 156: College Algebra (or placement)
CHEM 129: Basic Principles of Chemistry
Dialogues coursework (core curriculum) if credits are needed

SPRING - Semester 2

BIOL 104: Ecology & Evolution of the Organism
MATH 157: Plane Trig (or placement)
CHEM 130: Principles of Chemistry  I
Dialogues coursework

FALL - Semester 3

BIOL 210: WE/Intro to Writing about Biology (or Spring sem)
BIOL Core Elective #1
CHEM 131: Principles of Chemistry II
MATH 198: Analytic Geom & Calculus 

SPRING - Semester 4

BIOL 300: Genetics
CHEM 329: Organic I (OR CHEM 320)
STAT 190: Statistics
Dialogues coursework

FALL - Semester 5

BIOL Core Elective #2
CHEM 330: Organic Lab I
CHEM 331: Organic II
PHYS 185: College Physics I
Elective or Dialogues coursework

SPRING - Semester 6

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

FALL - Semester 7

BIOL Elective or Learning Plan*
BIOL Elective or Learning Plan*
Elective(s) and/or Dialogues coursework

SPRING - Semester 8

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

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

The Dialogues curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

Department Chair: Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence 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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