Biology Major: Environmental Science Concentration - Bachelor of Science (BS)
(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)
39 credits (67 total credits including CHM, MTH, and GEO requirements)
Each student must have a minimum of three 400 level BIO credits (excluding BIO 450, BIO 479, BIO 489, BIO 491, BIO 495, and BIO 499) to fulfill requirements of the major.
|BIO 105||General Biology||4|
|BIO 203||Organismal Biology||4|
|BIO 315||Cell Biology||4|
|BIO 419||Quantitative Methods in Ecology||3|
|BIO 491||Capstone Seminar in Biology||1|
|Select 16 credits of elective from the following:||16|
|Introductory Plant Identification|
|Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy|
|Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants|
|Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology|
|Plant Microbe Interactions|
|Standard Methods\Quality Assurance Water Analyses|
|Comparative Animal Physiology|
|Stream and Watershed Ecology|
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|Independent Research (up to two credits may apply)|
|Aquatic Microbial Ecology|
|Select three semesters of chemistry, including:||15-18|
|General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry II|
And one of the organic chemistry options:
|Survey of Organic Chemistry|
|Organic Chemistry Theory I|
and Organic Chemistry Theory II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
|Select eight credits of mathematics including the following:||8|
or MTH 265
|Mathematical Models in Biology|
or MTH 207
|Select a minimum of five credits of environmental science support courses, including one of the following options:||5|
Option B: Select two of the following:
|Maps and GIS|
|Introduction to Geographic Information System and Science|
|Advanced Geographic Information Science|
Option C: Select two of the following:
|Software Design I|
|Software Design II|
|Correlation and Regression Analysis|
|Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments|
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 Science 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 304, BIO 210, CHM 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 Science degree, in addition to all other College of Science and Health core requirements, students from non-exempted programs1 must complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with students’ academic advisor.
Complete a second major; or
Complete a minor outside the major; or
Complete an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits
At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department.
The remaining six credits should come from
100 level or higher courses outside the major (General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.); or
300/400 level courses inside major not being used to fulfill major requirements.
Internship credits may not count toward the individualized option.
The list of exempted SAH programs is below.
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- 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.
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.
|BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||4||ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3|
|CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3||BIO 203||4|
|HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)||3||Gen Ed Self & Society||3|
|MTH 207 or 175 (Gen Ed Math)||5||CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||5|
|BIO 307||3||CHM 300||5|
|CHM 104||5||BIO 306||4|
|STAT 145 or MTH 265 (Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems)||4||Gen Ed Global Studies||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3||Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3|
|BIO Elective from list||3||BIO 315||4|
|Environmental Support Course (see list)||3||BIO Elective from list||4|
|SAH Core (300/400 not BIO) or Minor||3||Environmental Support Course (see list)||3|
|Gen Ed Hum-Lit||3||Gen Ed Health & Well Being||3|
|University Elective||2||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|BIO Elective from list||3||BIO 491||1|
|BIO 419||3||BIO Elective (400 level from list)||3|
|SAH Core (300/400 not BIO) or Minor||3||BIO Elective from list||3|
|SAH Core or Minor1||3||SAH Core (300/400 not BIO) or Minor||3|
|University Elective||3||SAH Core or Minor1||3|
|Gen Ed Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
See SAH BS Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.