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Biology, BS1BIOLOGY, BSBanner Code: SC-BS-BIOLAcademic Advising1200 Exploratory HallFairfax CampusWebsite: Biology, BS provides a sound liberal arts education with substantialexperience in quantitative and analytical thought, along with preparationfor related professions. The program provides the strong backgroundnecessary for not only graduate study in the life sciences, but alsoenables students to develop careers in a wide variety of disciplines,including teaching, environmental management, microbiology, molecularbiology, biotechnology, genetics, wildlife management, fisheries biology,and marine science. Furthermore, our curriculum prepares students forcareers in the health sciences including medicine, dentistry, veterinaryscience, and related allied health disciplines.Admissions & PoliciesAdmissionsUniversity-wide admissions policies can be found in UndergraduateAdmissions Policies licies/).To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason UniversityAdmissions Application liciesStudents must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees duate-policies/#ap-5-3-2),including the Mason Core ( information and departmental policies are listed inthe Department of Biology iology/).BIOL 308 Foundations of Ecology and Evolution meets the writingintensive requirement for this major. Transfer students who havetransferred in BIOL 308 Foundations of Ecology and Evolution but didnot meet the writing intensive requirement may take MLAB 300 ScienceWriting to meet the writing intensive requirement.For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 UndergraduatePolicies duatepolicies/).Important Program Requirements Students may apply no more than 8 credits of BIOL 103 IntroductoryBiology I (Mason Core) ( or BIOL 107 Intro Biology II Lecture (Mason Core) ( and BIOL 106 Introductory BiologyII Laboratory (Mason Core) ( toward elective credit (or equivalent transfer credit at the100 to 200-level) if taken before successful completion of BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) ( Biology majors must earn a minimum grade of 'C' in all biology corecourses. A grade of 'C' or better must be earned in BIOL 213 CellStructure and Function (Mason Core) ( in order to advance to other core requirements. Students may repeat BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (MasonCore) ( once, but a second timeonly with permission from the Department of Biology. Students may not count BIOL 124 Human Anatomy andPhysiology and/or BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology towardany biology major requirement. Students who take BIOL 300 BioDiversity may not count BIOL 303Animal Biology and/or BIOL 304 Plant Biology toward any biologymajor requirement. 44 credits must be in biology coursework. BIOL 493 Honors Research in Biology, BIOL 495 Directed Studies inBiology, and BIOL 497 Special Problems in Biology do not satisfythe requirements of the BS degree which state that studentsmust complete at least two upper division courses that includea laboratory. The courses do, however, count as non-laboratoryelectives. The total limit for BIOL 493 Honors Research in Biology,BIOL 495 Directed Studies in Biology, and BIOL 497 Special Problemsin Biology combined is 6 credits toward the 44 credits required for theBS.Several optional concentrations are available; details on each can befound in the Requirements tab.Teacher LicensureStudents majoring in biology who wish to pursue a career teachingsecondary school may consider applying for the Secondary Education- Biology (6-12) Undergraduate Certificate ation-biology-6-12-undergraduate-certificate/) offeredby the College of Education and Human Development -human-development/) asan option in seeking an initial Virginia teaching license.Other routes to licensure include the Biology, BA or BS/Curriculumand Instruction, Accelerated MEd uction-med/#acceleratedmasterstext) (Secondary EducationBiology Concentration) or select traditional Master's programs. Pleasecontact the College of Education and Human Development -human-development/) formore information.RequirementsDegree RequirementsTotal credits: minimum 120Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specificpolicies related to this program.

2Biology, BSStudents must complete their biology coursework and the supportingrequirements which follow with a minimum GPA of 2.00.MATH 123& MATH 124All students must complete the Core Courses listed below. Students thenelect to complete the BS degree either with a concentration or without aconcentration.Core CoursesCodeComputer ScienceSelect one from the following:TitleCDS 130CreditsBIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)( 214Biostatistics for Biology Majors4BIOL 300BioDiversityBIOL 308Foundations of Ecology and EvolutionBIOL 311General Genetics4General Chemistry I (Mason Core) ( General Chemistry Laboratory I(Mason Core) ( Chemistry II (Mason Core) ( General Chemistry Laboratory II(Mason Core) ( Chemistry Iand Organic Chemistry Lab I514CHEM 313& CHEM 31515Recommended by the Department of Biology.Students who do not select an optional concentration must completethe biology core and shared courses shown above in addition to thecurriculum requirements listed below.CodeTitleCreditsBiology Electives8University Physics I (Mason Core) ( University Physics I Laboratory(Mason Core) ( University Physics II (Mason Core)( University Physics II Laboratory(Mason Core) ( 23 credits of additional biology courses ( 314& CHEM 318Linear Mathematical Modeling (MasonCore) ( MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason c Chemistry IIand Organic Chemistry Lab IIOption B:One 3 credit chemistry course at the 300 or 400-level (notCHEM 314) ( C:GEOL 101& GEOL 102College Physics I (Mason Core) ( College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)( College Physics II (Mason Core)( College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)( one from the following:Students are encouraged to consult with a biology facultyadvisor to determine which option (A, B, or C) best meets theircareer goals. Select one from the following options:Option A:Introductory Geology I (Mason Core)( Introductory Geology II (Mason Core)( Science courses)Total Credits26-31Note:MathematicsMATH 111Fulfills writing intensive requirement.Transfer students who have transferred in BIOL 308 Foundationsof Ecology and Evolution but did not meet the writing intensiverequirement may take MLAB 300 Science Writing to meet the writingintensive requirement.Additional Science CoursesSelect from one of the following Mason Core Natural Sciencesequences:PHYS 243& PHYS 244& PHYS 245& PHYS 246248-51BS without ConcentrationPhysicsPHYS 160& PHYS 161& PHYS 260& PHYS 26132Total CreditsChemistryCHEM 212& CHEM 214Computing for ScientistsAny course(s) that fulfills the Mason Core: InformationTechnology requirement hnology)BiologyCHEM 211& CHEM 213Calculus with Algebra/Trigonometry, PartAand Calculus with Algebra/Trigonometry,Part B (Mason Core) ( expecting to enter a professional school are stronglyencouraged to complete MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I(Mason Core) ( which, at least 15 credits must be upper division, and at least twoof the upper division courses must include a laboratory.Concentration in Bioinformatics (BNF)The highly interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics has emerged as apowerful modern science. There is a great demand for undergraduate and

3Biology, BSgraduate-level trained individuals with a background in bioinformatics inindustry as well as in academia.BIOL 465HistologyBIOL 468Vertebrate Natural HistoryCodeBIOL 472& BIOL 473Introductory Animal Behaviorand Introductory Laboratory in AnimalBehaviorBIOL 484& BIOL 485Cell Signaling and Diseaseand Cell Signaling LaboratoryBIOL 509& BIOL 510DNA Analysis of Biological Evidenceand Forensic DNA Analysis LaboratoryBIOL 543Tropical EcosystemsTitleComputer ScienceCredits3Please note: CDS 130 is recommended to fulfill the ComputerScience requirement in the shared core above.CDS 230Modeling and Simulation IBioinformaticsBINF 401BINF 4026Bioinformatics and ComputationalBiology IAdditional Science CoursesBioinformatics and ComputationalBiology IIBiologySelect one from the following options:Biostatistics for BioinformaticsBIOL 401Phage DiscoveryBIOL 412Phage GenomicsBiology Lab ElectiveSelect one from the following:3-8Option A:14-16BIOL 3121CHEM 314Organic Chemistry IICHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab IIOption B:One 3 credit chemistry course at the 300 or 400-level ( C:BIOL 305& BIOL 306Biology of Microorganismsand Biology of MicroorganismsLaboratoryBIOL 320Comparative Chordate AnatomyBIOL 322& BIOL 323Developmental Biologyand Lab for Developmental BiologyTotal CreditsBIOL 331Invertebrate Zoology1BIOL 332Insect BiologyBIOL 334Vertebrate PaleontologyBIOL 336Invertebrate PaleontologyBIOL 344Plant Diversity and EvolutionBIOL 345Plant EcologyBIOL 350Freshwater EcosystemsBIOL 355Ecological Engineering and EcosystemRestorationBIOL 379RS: Ecological Sustainability (MasonCore) ( 385& BIOL 486Biotechnology and Genetic Engineeringand Molecular Biology and BiotechnologyLaboratoryBiopsychology CoursesBIOL 4304BIOL 405Microbial GeneticsAdvanced Human Anatomy andPhysiology IBIOL 407Microbial DiversityBIOL 431Advanced Human Anatomy andPhysiology II4BIOL 430Advanced Human Anatomy andPhysiology IPSYC 372Biopsychology3BIOL 431Advanced Human Anatomy andPhysiology IIPSYC 373Biopsychology Laboratory2Additional Psychology/Neuroscience CourseBIOL 437OrinthologyBIOL 438MammalogyBIOL 439HerpetologyBIOL 452& BIOL 453Immunologyand Immunology LaboratoryBIOL 454& BIOL 455Marine Mammal Biology andConservationand Marine Mammal Biology andConservation Field Course2GEOL 101Introductory Geology I (Mason Core)( 102Introductory Geology II (Mason ents are encouraged to consult with a biology advisor todetermine which option (A, B, or C) best meets their career goals.CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II does not fulfill this requirement.Concentration in Biopsychology (BP)The biopsychology concentration consists of a selection of coursesdesigned to address the needs and interest of students who wish tostudy biology in more depth while simultaneously exploring psychologyand neurobiology. This concentration will help prepare students for theMCAT section related to psychology and provide veterinary students witha background in animal learning/behavior.CodeTitleSelect 3-4 credits from the following:PSYC 304Principles of LearningPSYC 376Brain and BehaviorPSYC 406Psychology of Communication (MasonCore) ( 327Cellular, Neurophysiological, andPharmacological NeuroscienceNEUR 335Molecular, Developmental, and SystemsNeuroscienceCredits3-4

4Biology, BSAdditional Biology CoursesNon-laboratory Courses:Select 7-8 credits from the following:7-8BIOL 314Introduction to Research Design andAnalysisBiology of Microorganisms LaboratoryBIOL 382Introduction to VirologyIntroduction to Research Design andAnalysisBIOL 401Phage DiscoveryBIOL 411Advanced General GeneticsBIOL 322Developmental BiologyBIOL 412Phage GenomicsBIOL 323Lab for Developmental BiologyBIOL 417BIOL 437OrinthologySelected Topics in Molecular and Cellular1BiologyBIOL 438MammalogyBIOL 418Current Topics in MicrobiologyBIOL 472Introductory Animal BehaviorBIOL 420VaccinesBIOL 473Introductory Laboratory in AnimalBehaviorBIOL 421Genetics of Human DiseasesBIOL 422BIOL 483General BiochemistryStem Cell Biology and RegenerativeMedicineBIOL 482Introduction to Molecular GeneticsBIOL 484Cell Signaling and DiseaseBIOL 497Special Problems in BiologyBIOL 305Biology of MicroorganismsBIOL 306BIOL 314Additional Chemistry CoursesSelect one from the following options:13-5Option A:CHEM 314& CHEM 31821Additional Chemistry CoursesOrganic Chemistry IIand Organic Chemistry Lab IICHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3Option B:CHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab II2One chemistry course at the 300 or 400-level ( CreditsTotal Credits1126-30Students are encouraged to consult with a biology faculty advisor todetermine which option best meets their career goals.CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II alone does not fulfill thisrequirement.The biotechnology and molecular biology concentration consists of aselection of courses that provide essential skills to students who seekemployment in the field or wish to include an applied component in theirundergraduate training in biology.TitleCreditsBiotechnology CoursesBIOL 305Biology of Microorganisms3BIOL 306Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory1BIOL 385Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering3BIOL 483General Biochemistry4Additional Biology CoursesSelect 12 credits from the following, at least one of thecourses must include a laboratory:Laboratory Courses:Registration for BIOL 417 Selected Topics in Molecular and CellularBiology, BIOL 418 Current Topics in Microbiology, or BIOL 497Special Problems in Biology is subject to approval by the Director ofUndergraduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Biology.Concentration in Environmental and ConservationBiology (ESCB)Concentration in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology(BTMB)Code12812This concentration is offered to students seeking a biology degreethat focuses on ecology and organismal biology and prepares themfor graduate work or employment in environmental and conservationfields, such as natural resources management, fisheries, forestry, waterquality management, aquatic and wetland ecology, and conservationbiology. The concentration is staffed and supported by the Departmentof Environmental Science and Policy vironmental-policy/).CodeTitleCreditsEnvironmental and Conservation BiologyBIOL 318Conservation Biology3BIOL 377Applied Ecology3Biology ElectivesSelect 17 credits from the following:1BIOL 309Introduction to OceanographyBIOL 314Introduction to Research Design andAnalysisBIOL 326Animal PhysiologyBIOL 331Invertebrate ZoologyBIOL 402& BIOL 403Applied and Industrial Microbiologyand Techniques in Applied and IndustrialMicrobiologyBIOL 405Microbial GeneticsBIOL 332Insect BiologyBIOL 452& BIOL 453Immunologyand Immunology LaboratoryBIOL 344Plant Diversity and EvolutionBIOL 345Plant EcologyBIOL 465HistologyBIOL 350Freshwater EcosystemsBIOL 486Molecular Biology and BiotechnologyLaboratoryBIOL 355Ecological Engineering and EcosystemRestoration17

5Biology, BSBIOL 378Applied Ecology LaboratoryCodeBIOL 379RS: Ecological Sustainability (MasonCore) ( CoursesBIOL 437OrinthologyBIOL 438MammalogyBIOL 439HerpetologyBIOL 440Field BiologyBIOL 446Ecological and Evolutionary PhysiologyBIOL 449Marine EcologyBIOL 450BIOL 454BIOL 405Microbial Genetics4BIOL 407Microbial Diversity4Select 11 credits from the following:BIOL 382Introduction to VirologyMarine Mammal Biology andConservationBIOL 385Biotechnology and Genetic EngineeringBIOL 455Marine Mammal Biology andConservation Field CourseBIOL 401Phage DiscoveryBIOL 402Applied and Industrial MicrobiologyBIOL 457Reproductive StrategiesBIOL 403BIOL 459Fungi and EcosystemsTechniques in Applied and IndustrialMicrobiologyBIOL 468Vertebrate Natural HistoryBIOL 404Medical MicrobiologyBIOL 472& BIOL 473Introductory Animal Behaviorand Introductory Laboratory in AnimalBehaviorBIOL 412Phage GenomicsBIOL 418Current Topics in MicrobiologyBIOL 420VaccinesBIOL 480The Diversity of FishesBIOL 452ImmunologyBIOL 497Special Problems in BiologyBIOL 453Immunology LaboratoryBIOL 459Fungi and EcosystemsBIOL 483General Biochemistry423-8Organic Chemistry IIand Organic Chemistry Lab IICHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3CHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab II2Total CreditsOne chemistry course at the 300 or 400-level ( Core and Elective CreditsGEOL 101& GEOL 102Introductory Geology I (Mason Core)( Introductory Geology II (Mason Core)( Credits26-3128In order to meet a minimum of 120 credits, this degree requiresadditional credits (specific credit counts by concentration are shownbelow), which may be applied toward any remaining Mason Core( requirements (outlined below),Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, and electives. Students arestrongly encouraged to consult with their advisors to ensure that theyfulfill all requirements.Of which, two courses must be selected from the list above and musthave either: 2 laboratory courses or 1 laboratory course and 1 fieldcourse (consult with an advisor for guidance). Without concentration: 38-46 creditsStudents are encouraged to consult with a biology faculty advisor todetermine which option best meets their career goals. BTMB concentration: 41-44 creditsCHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II alone does not fulfill thisrequirement.Registration in BIOL 497 Special Problems in Biology is subject toapproval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Chairmanof the Department of Biology.Concentration in Microbiology (MIB)This concentration offers lecture and laboratory courses in microbiologyto prepare students for employment or advanced study in microbialgenetics, physiology, diversity, and related fields.11Additional Chemistry CoursesOption B:Option C:41Marine ConservationCHEM 314& CHEM 31833Biology of Microorganisms LaboratoryBiology ElectivesOption A:2Biology of MicroorganismsBIOL 306Introduction to Research Design andAnalysisSelect one from the following options:CreditsBIOL 305BIOL 314Additional Science Courses1Title BNF concentration: 36-46 credits BP concentration: 39-46 credits ESCB concentration: 38-46 credits MIB concentration: 41-44 creditsMason CoreSome Mason Core ( requirementsmay already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Studentsare strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfillall remaining Mason Core odeTitleCreditsFoundation RequirementsWritten Communication (ENGH 101) (

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2 Biology, BS Students must complete their biology coursework and the supporting requirements which follow with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

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