- Biology Major
- Molecular and Integrative Biology
- Pre-Health Sci. Emphasis
- Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
- Teacher Certification
- Minor in Biology
- Jeffrey Carmichael
- Brian Darby
- Diane Darland
- Tristan Darland
- Susan Ellis-Felege
- Chris Felege
- Brett Goodwin
- Steve Kelsch
- Peter Meberg
- Robert Newman
- Igor Ovtchinnikov
- Steven Ralph
- Turk Rhen
- Issac Schlosser
- William Sheridan
- Rebecca Simmons
- Vasyl Tkach
- Jefferson Vaughan
- Kathryn Yurkonis
B.S. with Major in Biology (Pre-Health Emphasis)
This program is designed for students interested in medicine or allied medical fields such as dentistry, veterinary medicine, or medical research. Pre-health students should consult with their biology adviser and the pre-health adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences to develop an appropriate course of study.
Required 125 credits (36 credits must be numbered 300 or above and 60 credits must be from a four year institution)
I. Essential Studies Requirements
See University GER listing. Minimum 39 total credits. The following course must be taken as part of the General Education Requirement:
Engl 110 College Composition I (3)
Comm 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
II. Major Credits (44 total)
A. Core Requirements (23 credits)
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Biol 120||Orientation to the Major||1|
|Biol 150/151||General Biology 1 and II*||6|
|Biol 150L/151L||General Biology Lab I and II||2|
|Biol 341||Cell Biology||3|
|Biol 480||Senior Capstone Seminar**||3|
*Students who take Biol 111 and Biol 111L (Concepts of Biology and Lab) prior to becoming a Biology major are required to take Biol 150 and Biol 150L to complete the General Biology sequence.
**3 credits for an accepted Senior Honors Thesis (Biol 489) can be substituted for the Senior Capstone Seminar (Biol 480) with prior approval of the thesis topic by the Chair of Biology.
We strongly advise mastery of materials in all core courses except Biol 480 prior to enrolling in other 300 or 400 level Biology courses.
No more than one Biology course intended for non-majors (all University of North Dakota 200 level Biology courses) will count toward the 44 hour major.
At least four upper division Biology courses with laboratories must be included in the 44 hour major. Two upper division life sciences-related laboratory courses (lecture + lab = 1 course) from the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences may be counted toward the four course upper division laboratory requirement, provided they do not overlap extensively with subject matter in Biology Department courses also being used for credit.
- One or two of the following 4 courses (Anat 204/204L, Micro 302/302L, Micro 328, and PPT 301) from the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences can be applied toward the 44 credits required for a BS in Biology degree.
- Micro 202/202L will only be allowed with special permission of the Biology department.
- Only Anat 204L and 302L can be applied toward the requirement for 4 advanced labs. PPT 301 will not be allowed for the advanced lab requirement.
- PPT 301 and BIOL 442/442L will not both be counted towards the 44 credit requirement for a UND Biology degree.
- At least 15 of the total 44 credits required for the BS degree must be taken in the UND Biology department, exclusive of the credits earned in the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
A Biol 494 Directed Studies or Biol 492 Research Experience may be counted as one upper division laboratory requirement with appropriate documentation of the laboratory experience and approval by the supervising faculty member, the faculty adviser, and the Biology Department Chairperson.
Students may include no more than 10 combined credit hours from Biol 494 (Directed Studies), Biol 492 (Research), and Biol 489 (Senior Honors) towards the total 44 credit hours required for this Biology Major.
B. Advanced Requirements (minimum 20 credit hours):
1. Upper-level courses (minimum 12 credit hours taken from the list below):
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Biol 341L||Cell Biology Lab||1|
|Biol 364L||Parasitology Lab||2|
|Biol 369L||Histology Lab||2|
|Biol 376||Animal Biology||3|
|Biol 376L||Animal Biology Lab||1|
|Biol 378||Developmental Biology||3|
|Biol 378L||Developmental Biology Lab||1|
|Biol 379||Systems Biology||4|
|Biol 442||Physiology of Organs & Systems||3|
|Biol 442L||Physiology of Organs & Systems Lab||1|
|Biol 450||Molecular Genetics||2|
|Biol 460||Molecular Biology of the Cell||3|
|MBIO 328*||Introduction to Immunology||3|
*If taken, MBIO 328 counts toward one of two courses taken from outside the department.
2. Biology electives (8 additional credit hours)
All 300 or 400 level Biology courses, including any of those not taken from the group above, will count toward the elective credit hours needed.
III. Cognate requirements in other departments (30-33 credit hours)
A. Mathematics (3-4 credit hours)*
Math 146 Applied Calculus (3) or Math 165 Calculus I (4)
Pre-requisites for either course are the responsibility of the student.
*Note: Students with a particular aptitude for mathematics should consider taking both Math 165 and 166 and should consult with their advisor regarding this potential option.
B. Chemistry (16-18 credit hours)
Chem 121, 121L General Chemistry I & Lab (4)
Chem 122, 122L General Chemistry II & Lab (4)
Chem 240 and BMB 301 Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Lecture (8)
Chem 341, 341L, 342,342L Organic Chemistry I and II with labs (10)
Note: the sequence of Chem 341 and Chem 342 AND BMB 301 is highly recommended for pre-medicine students because some medical schools require or prefer this combination.
C. Physical sciences (8 credit hours)
Phys 211 and Phys 212 College Physics I and II (8)
Phys 251 and 252 University Physics I and II (8)
D. Statistical Methods and Data Interpretation (3 credit hours from the list below)
Biol 470 Biometry (3)
Psyc 241 Introduction to Statistics (4)
Soc 326 Sociological Statistics (3)
Math 321 Applied Statistical Methods (3)