Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Organismal Biology (SBL 160)

Study of the evolution of prokaryotes and eukaryotes and the diversity of plants and invertebrate animals. Corequisite: SBL161. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Organismal Biology Laboratory (SBL 161)

Laboratory study of the diversity of plants and invertebrate animals. Corequisite: SBL160. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Genetics (SBL 212)

Study of the basic principles of genetics. Topics include the molecular basis of heredity, Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, structure and function of chromosomes, and biotechnological applications. Prerequisites: SBL100 and either SBL160 and SBL161 or SBL162 and SBL163. Corequisite: SBL213. Spring semester. 3 credits.

Genetics Laboratory (SBL 213)

Investigative laboratory in which students gain practical experience in molecular genetic laboratory techniques. Prerequisites: SBL100, and either SBL160 and SBL161 or SBL162 and SBL163. Corequisite: SBL212 or SBL238. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

Cell Biology (SBL 247)

An intermediate-level study of the cell as the basic unit of life. Topics include cell organization, transmembrane events, intracellular trafficking, chemical mediators, cell cycle, electrical signaling, and bioenergetics. Writing Intensive course (with SBL248). Prerequisites: SBL100, and either (SBL160 and SBL161) or (SBL162 and SBL163) or SHL105, and (SCH110 and SCH111) or (SCH112 and SCH113) or (SCH120 and SCH121). Corequisite: SBL248. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Cell Biology Laboratory (SBL 248)

Inquiry-based, semester-long investigation of cell structure and function to complement topics in SBL247. Students gain first-hand experience with techniques commonly used in cell biological research including quantitative and fluorescent microscopy, cell culture, protein electrophoresis and qRT-PCR. Writing Intensive course (with SBL247). Prerequisites: SBL100, and either SBL160 and SBL161 or SBL162 and SBL163 and SCH110 and SCH111 or SCH112 and SCH113 or SCH120 and SCH121. Corequisite: SBL247. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Molecular Biology (SBL 325)

This course provides students with an understanding of macromolecular mechanisms found in living things. Lectures focus on the molecular nature of the gene and the regulation of its expression, methods of molecular biology, and the current state of molecular biology as well as its future. The investigation of cells and organisms at the molecular level is intended to equip students with an in-depth understanding of the processes of life. Prerequisites: SBL212, SBL213, SCH212, SCH213, and SBL247/SBL248 or SCH325/SCH326. Corequisite: SBL326. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Molecular Biology Laboratory (SBL 326)

Students in this course utilize laboratory skills to apply the knowledge and techniques learned in the lecture. Students are introduced to the techniques used by molecular biologists. Prerequisites: SBL212, SBL213, SCH212, SCH213, and SBL247/SBL248 or SCH325/SCH326. Corequisite: SBL325. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Fee. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

General Chemistry I (SCH 110)

A study of the basic concepts and fundamental principles of chemistry, designed for science majors, with emphasis on atomic structure, periodic trends, bonding, ionic and molecular structures, and aqueous chemical reactions. Students access and review scientific information, learning to critique credibility and reliability. With SCH111, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Quantitative Analysis I Laboratory (SCH 111)

Laboratory work is primarily quantitative, including volumetric and gravimetric analyses. An introduction to instrumental techniques is presented including visible and atomic absorption spectroscopy. With SCH110, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. Corequisite: SCH110. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

General Chemistry II (SCH 112)

Builds upon concepts from SCH110, with emphasis on gas laws, thermodynamics, properties of matter and solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. Prerequisite: SCH110. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Quantitative Analysis II Lab (SCH 113)

Continuation of topics introduced in SCH111. Corequisite: SCH112. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Organic Chemistry I (SCH 210)

A study of the chemistry of carbon compounds for science majors. Molecular structure, structure — property relationships, synthesis, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of the major classes of organic compounds. Examples of biological relevance are given. Prerequisites: SCH112 and SCH113. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (SCH 211)

Emphasis on learning common laboratory techniques involved in organic synthesis and purification, isolation of natural products, structure elucidation, and qualitative analysis. Classical and instrumental methods. Experiments coordinated closely with lecture presentations. For science majors. Pre- or co-requisite: SCH210. Fall semester. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Organic Chemistry II (SCH 212)

Continuation of topics introduced in SCH210. Prerequisite: SCH210. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (SCH 213)

Continuation of topics introduced in SCH211. Pre- or co-requisite: SCH212. Spring semester. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Analytical Chemistry (SCH 214)

A study of analytical chemistry techniques including titrations, acid-base and buffer chemistry, and electrochemistry as well as foundational coverage of spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumental methods. Advanced statistical analysis and the use of computers for data analysis are employed. 100 minutes of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory instruction weekly. Prerequisite: SCH113. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Biochemistry (SCH 325)

Chemical structures and biological functions of proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Survey of major metabolic pathways involving carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids. Structure-function relationships of biological membranes. Nucleic acid metabolism and protein synthesis. Recombinant DNA technology. Prerequisites: SCH212 and SCH213. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Biochemistry Laboratory (SCH 326)

Introduction to basic biochemical laboratory techniques such as spectrophotometry, chromatography, and electrophoresis. Enzyme kinetics and isolation, purification, and characterization of proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids are emphasized. Prerequisite: SCH213. Corequisite: SCH325. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Thermodynamics (SCH 330)

An introduction to physical chemistry with emphasis on equilibrium thermodynamics, chemical and physical equilibrium, and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: SCH212, SCH213, SPH112, and SPH113. Pre- or co-requisite: SMA200. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Thermodynamics Laboratory (SCH 331)

Laboratory course that introduces students to both classical and modern methods of analysis in physical chemistry. Experiments include calorimetry, chemical-and-phase equilibrium analysis, kinetics, and viscosity measurements. Computational analysis tools are integrated in the context of physical science applications. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisites: SCH212, SCH213, SPH112, and SPH113. Corequisite: SCH330. Pre- or co-requisite: SMA200. Fall semester. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Quantum Mechanics (SCH 332)

An introduction to quantum theory and its application to spectroscopic analysis of atoms and molecules. Prerequisites: SCH212, SCH213, SPH112, and SPH113. Pre- or co-requisite: SMA200. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Quantum Mechanics Laboratory (SCH 333)

A laboratory course that is designed to provide students with experimental experiences that complement topics discussed in the quantum mechanics lecture course. The topics of spectroscopy and molecular modeling are emphasized, and computational analysis tools are integrated in the context of physical science applications. Pre- or co-requisite: SCH332. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Inorganic Chemistry (SCH 345)

A study of inorganic chemistry topics including atomic structure and the impact of effective nuclear charge on chemical and physical properties, molecular orbital theory, solid state crystal structures, molecular geometry, symmetry elements and operations, transition metal properties and complexes, and crystal field and ligand field theories. Prerequisites: SCH212 and SCH213. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (SCH 347)

A laboratory course that involves the synthesis and analysis of inorganic compounds. Synthetic methods include micro- and macro-scale techniques and an introduction to air-free techniques. Analyses focus on spectroscopic characterization including FTIR and UV-Vis. Prerequisites: SCH212 and SCH213. Corequisite: SCH345. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Instrumental Analysis (SCH 354)

An in-depth study of instrumentation for chemical analysis and the principles of operation underlying modern instrumental methods; includes spectroscopy, chromatography and electro-analytical methods. Emphasis is on the atomic and molecular principles that instrumental methods employ and hands-on operation of instrumentation to collect and analyze data. Prerequisite: SCH214. Fall semester. 4 credits. Fee.

4 Credits.

Chemistry Seminar (SCH 400)

The following topics are explored: chemical information, careers in the chemical sciences, professional ethics, graduate school, gender issues, and resumes and employment interviewing process. Prerequisites: SCH212 and SCH213. Fall semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Internship (SCH 430)

An off-campus laboratory experience arranged by the student, with the assistance of the faculty. The student works in an industrial laboratory. Permission required. Variable credit. Repeatable for credit.

Internship/Research Seminar (SCH 431)

Assessment of internship or research experience through a written research paper, public seminar, and presentation at a scientific conference. Pre- or co-requisite: SCH430 or SCH435. 1 credit.

Research (SCH 435)

Participation in research on campus or at a government laboratory or another academic institution. Permission required. Variable credit. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Calculus 1 with Analytic Geometry (SMA 130)

Real numbers, sets, relations, and functions. The calculus of one variable. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Graphing calculator required. Prerequisite: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Fall and spring semesters. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

Calculus 2 (SMA 140)

Continuation of SMA130. The calculus of one variable with applications, parametric equations, polar coordinates, and infinite sequences and series. Prerequisite: SMA130. Fall semester. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

Calculus 3 (SMA 200)

A continuation of SMA140. The calculus of several variables; two- and three-dimensional vector space; vector calculus; Green’s, Gauss’, and Stokes’ Theorems and the Divergence Theorem. Prerequisite: SMA140. Spring semester. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

General Physics I (SPH 110)

A thorough introduction into physics for those majoring in the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Topics include classical mechanics, heat, and electricity. With SPH111, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SMA130. Fall semester. 3 credits.

General Physics I Laboratory (SPH 111)

Laboratory course to accompany SPH110. With SPH110, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Corequisite: SPH110. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

General Physics II (SPH 112)

A continuation of SPH110 with topics including magnetism, optics, and electricity. Prerequisite: SPH110. Spring semester. 3 credits.

General Physics II Laboratory (SPH 113)

The laboratory course to accompany SPH112. Corequisite: SPH112. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

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