2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Biology Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

39 credits (58 total credits including CHM and MTH requirements)

Each student must have a minimum of three 400 level BIO credits (excluding BIO 450, 479, 489, 491, 495, and 499) to fulfill requirements of the major.

BIO 105General Biology4
BIO 203Organismal Biology4
BIO 306Genetics4
BIO 307Ecology3
BIO 315Cell Biology4
BIO 491Capstone Seminar in Biology1
Select one upper level (300/400) lab component 1-4
Introductory Plant Identification
Vertebrate Form and Function 1
Plant Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 1
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1
Ornithology
Radiation Biology
Limnology
Scientific Visualization
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Taxonomy
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants
Parasitology
Developmental Biology
Human Cadaver Dissection
Mycology
Medical Mycology
Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology
Quantitative Methods in Ecology
Ichthyology
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Plant Anatomy
Bioinformatics
Plant Microbe Interactions
Entomology
Standard Methods\Quality Assurance Water Analyses
Plant Ecology
Neurobiology Laboratory Techniques
Comparative Animal Physiology
Human Molecular Genetics Lab
Virology Laboratory
Select 16-18 credits of electives from the following: 216-18
Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation
Animal Biology
Introductory Plant Identification
Vertebrate Form and Function 1
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 1
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1
Ornithology
Economic Botany
Radiation Biology
Plant Physiology
Limnology
Scientific Visualization
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Plant Taxonomy
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants
Parasitology
Developmental Biology
Human Cadaver Dissection
Mycology
Medical Mycology
Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology
Quantitative Methods in Ecology
Ichthyology
Human Endocrinology
Advanced Nutrition for the Health Professions
Evolution
Biology of Cancer
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Plant Growth and Development
Plant Anatomy
Bioinformatics
Environmental Toxicology
Plant Microbe Interactions
Molecular Mechanism of Disease and Drug Action
Entomology
Animal Behavior
Standard Methods\Quality Assurance Water Analyses
Advanced Microscopy and Biological Imaging
Plant Ecology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Stream and Watershed Ecology
Neurophysiology
Human Molecular Genetics
Neurobiology Laboratory Techniques
Human Molecular Genetics Lab
Marine Biology
Ecosystem Ecology
Mammalogy
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Immunology
Bacterial Diversity
Food Microbiology
Immunology Laboratory
Introductory Virology
Virology Laboratory
Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology
Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory
Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Select three semesters of chemistry, including:15-18
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
And one of the following organic chemistry options:
Option 1:
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Option 2:
Organic Chemistry Theory I
and Organic Chemistry Theory II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Math requirement4
Elementary Statistics
Total Credits58-61
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A maximum of eight credits of BIO 303, BIO 312BIO 313 can be applied to the major.

2

Up to two credits of BIO 499 may be used as electives.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Science and Health (SAH) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

B.S. and B.A. students graduating from the College of Science and Health are required to take two natural laboratory science courses selected from the general education laboratory science category (GE 05) and/or from BIO 203, BIO 210, BIO 304CHM 104, ESC 221, ESC 222, PHY 104 or PHY 204, and they either must take two mathematics courses or one math course and one computer science course from the math/logical systems category of the general education requirements (GE 02). One of the two science courses must be from a department outside of the student’s major department.

Note: Math courses can be pairs, i.e. 150 and 151; MTH/CS majors can use two science courses from same department.

For the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete a major from the college and proficiency in a foreign language at the 202 level or an ESL proficiency score of 80 or above on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English. Contact the “English as a Second Language Institute” for eligibility and regulations. Students must also complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with your advisor.

  1. Complete a minor in the College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication; or

  2. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 15 credits.

    1. These courses must be from the College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication.

    2. At least 9 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level.

    3. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

    4. Internship credits may not count toward the individualized option.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
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Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
MTH 150 (Gen Ed Math)4Gen Ed Self & Society3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5
HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World HIS)3BIO 2034
Gen Ed Arts2-3 
 16 15
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 145 (Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems)4BIO 3064
BIO 3073CHM 3005
CHM 1045Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
Gen Ed Arts2-3202-level Language (SAH BA Core)4
 14 16
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO Elective (300/400 lab)4BIO 3154
BIO Elective3Gen Ed Global Studies3
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
SAH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS Minor3SAH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS Minor3
 SAH Core or CLS Minor13
 13 16
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO Elective3BIO 4911
University Elective3BIO Elective3
BIO Elective (400 level)3BIO Elective (300/400 level)3
SAH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS Minor3University Elective (300/400 level)3
SAH Core or CLS Minor13University Elective3
 University Elective2
 15 15
Total Credits: 120
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See SAH BA Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.

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