Four-Year Plan

BIOLOGY
Bachelor of Arts
2013-2014 Catalog Year

Download the Four Year Plan - BA General Track

Download the Four Year Plan - BA Secondary Education

Download the Four Year Plan - BS

This 4-Year Plan is only a suggested guide for planning course selections.

Official course selections should be made with the guidance of an academic advisor and will depend on an individual student's situation.
Specific information regarding majors, minors, course descriptions, policies and procedures can be found in the university catalog.

Biology BA General Track

Fall Spring
YEAR I
ENG1000: Introduction to Academic Writing 4 IDS1600: Culture, Diversity & Expression OR IDS1610: Being Human
4
MTH1100: College Algebra 3
BIO1210: Biology of Cells OR BIO1220: Biology of Organisms w/ lab (Interchangeable Fall or Spring) 4
BIO1210: Biology of Cells OR BIO1220: Biology of Organisms w/ lab (Interchangeable Fall or Spring)
4
*MTH2320: General Statistics 3
General Education Course (KO, ONW, AP) 3-4
General Education Course (KO, ONW, AP) 3-4



Total Semester Hours  14-15 Total Semester Hours  14-15
YEAR II
ENG2010: Introduction to Research Writing 4 **2000-Level IDS Course 4
CHM1310: General Chemistry I w/ lab OR CHM1200: Principles of Chemistry w/ lab 4
Biology Selected Course 4
Biology Selected Course 4
Biology Selected Course or Elective 4
General Education Course (KO, ONW, AP) 3-4 General Education Course (KO, ONW, AP) 3-4
Total Semester Hours  15-16 Total Semester Hours  15-16
YEAR III
NSM3100WI: Research and Writing in Natural Science OR Biology Selected Course 3-4 NSM3100WI: Research and Writing in Natural Science OR Biology Selected Course 3-4
BIO3250: Vertebrate Biology w/lab (OR BIO3150: Invertebrate Biology w/lab in SPRING Senior Year) 4
BIO3270: Plant Physiology w/ lab OR Elective (if not taking BIO3260: Comparative Botany in Fall) 4
3000/4000 Level General Education Course (KO, ONW, AP) 3-4
General Education Course (KO, ONW, AP) 3-4

Elective

4
BIO3400: Genetics 4




Total Semester Hours  14-16 Total Semester Hours  15-16
YEAR IV
NSM4990: Senior Capstone in Natural Science (Fall or Spring) 3

Biology Selected Course OR Elective

4
BIO3260: Comparative Botany w/ lab OR Elective (if not taking BIO3270: Plant Physiology in Spring) 4
Elective 3-4
Biology Selected Course or Elective 4 Elective 3-4
Elective 3-4
Elective 3-4




Total Semester Hours  14-15 Total Semester Hours  13-16

Major Notes

  • Selected BIO Courses: BIO2830/3830/4830: Directed Study,  BIO3940/4940: Internship in Biology, BIO3970: Research in Biology, BIO3980/4980: Independent Study, or BIO3790: ACCA Affiliated Course
  • *MTH requirement: students need to complete MTH2320: General Statistics or MTH2700: Statistics for Research; MTH2700 has a pre-requisite of MTH1310: Pre-Calculus

Biology Bachelor of Arts - Secondary Education

Fall Spring
YEAR I
ENG1000: Introduction to Academic Writing 4 IDS1600: Culture, Diversity & Expression OR IDS1610: Being Human
4
MTH1100: College Algebra 3
NSM1300: Earth Science (ONW) 4
BIO1210: Biology of Cells OR BIO1220: Biology of Organisms w/ lab (Interchangeable Fall or Spring) 4
BIO1210: Biology of Cells OR BIO1220: Biology of Organisms w/ lab (Interchangeable Fall or Spring) 4
COM1500: Intro to Human Communication (KOA)
4
**General Education Course (AP or KOB) 4



Total Semester Hours  15 Total Semester Hours  16
YEAR II
ENG2010: Introduction to Research Writing 4 ***2000-Level IDS Course
4
BIO2650: Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
4
EDU2260: Theories of Learning
4
SPED2120: Characteristics/ID Disabilities and the Law 4
SPED:3620: Language Development and Diversity
4
EDU2200: Standards and Foundations of Education 4 CHM1310: General Chemistry I w/lab OR CHM1200: Principles of Chemistry w/lab
4
Total Semester Hours  16 Total Semester Hours  15
YEAR III
BIO3510: Ecology w/lab 4 BIO3530: Evolution (Spring only class)
4
SPED3750: Prosocial/Problem Behavior 3
EDU3720: Reading Across the Curriculum 4
BIO3250: Vertebrate Biology w/Lab (if not taking BIO3150: Invertebrate Biology w/ Lab in Spring) 4
NSM3100WI: Research and Writing in Natural Science OR **General Education Course (AP or KOB) 3-4

BIO3400: Genetics (Offered in Spring)

4
NSM1150: Science Foundations (ONW) 4
SPED3850: Assistive Technology 1 SPED4620: Collaboration and Co-teaching (OR Fall of Senior Year) 4
*EDU2900: Pre-Teaching 1


Total Semester Hours  17 Total Semester Hours  19-20
YEAR IV
NSM4990: Senior Capstone in Natural Science (Fall or Spring) 3

*EDU4750: Student Teaching

12
BIO3260: Comparative Botany w/lab 4
*EDU4760: Student Teaching Seminar 3
NSM3100WI: Research and Writing in Natural Science OR **General Education Course (AP or KOB) 3-4
*BIO3820: Methods of Teaching Sec. Sci. - Bio 4


Total Semester Hours  15-16 Total Semester Hours  15

Major Notes

  • ** If students place into ENG1000, they will need to take a General Education Course (AP or KOB) during May Term or Summer.
  • * Indicates the course must be applied for 1 year in advance.
  • Courses in bold require acceptance into the College of Education.

Biology Bachelor of Science

Fall Spring
YEAR I
ENG1000: Introduction to Academic Writing 4 IDS1600: Culture, Diversity & Expression OR IDS1610: Being Human
4
MTH1100: Algebra 3
MTH1310: Pre-calculus 4
BIO1210: Biology of Cells OR BIO1220: Biology of Organisms w/ lab (Interchangeable Fall or Spring) 4
BIO1210: Biology of Cells OR BIO1220: Biology of Organisms w/ lab (Interchangeable Fall or Spring) 4
CHM1310: General Chemistry w/ lab
4
CHM1320: General Chemistry II w/Lab 4



Total Semester Hours  15 Total Semester Hours  16
YEAR II
ENG2010: Introduction to Research Writing 4 ***2000-Level IDS Course
4
CHM2410: Organic Chemistry I w/Lab 4
CHM2420: Organic Chemistry II w/Lab 4
Biology Selected Course
4
*MTH 2210: Calculus I OR MTH2120: Calc. for Mgt and Sciences OR MTH2700: Statistics for Research 3-4
General Education Course (KO, ONW, AP) 3-4 General Education Course (KO, ONW, AP) 3-4
Total Semester Hours  15-16 Total Semester Hours  14-16
YEAR III
NSM3100WI: Research and Writing in Natural Science OR Biology Selected Course 3-4 NSM3100WI: Research and Writing in Natural Science OR Biology Selected Course 3-4
BIO3250: Vertebrate Biology w/lab (OR take BIO3150: Invertebrate Biology w/lab in Spring) 4
3000/4000 Level General Ed Course (KO, AP) 3-4
PHY2210: Physics I w/Lab 4
PHY2220: Physics II w/Lab 4

Biology Selected Course OR Elective

4
BIO3400: Genetics 4
Total Semester Hours  15-16 Total Semester Hours  14-16
YEAR IV
NSM4990: Senior Capstone in Natural Science (Fall or Spring) 3

BIO3270: Plant Physiology w/Lab OR Elective (if not taking BIO3260: Comparative Botany in Fall)

4
BIO3260: Comparative Botany w/ lab OR Elective (if not taking BIO3270: Plant Physiology SPRING) 4
General Education Course (KO, AP) OR Elective
3-4
Biology Selected Course OR Elective 4 Biology Selected Course OR Elective 4
General Education Course (KO, AP) 3-4
Biology Selected Course OR Elective 4
Total Semester Hours  14-15 Total Semester Hours  13-16

Major Notes

  • Selected BIO Courses: BIO2830/3830/4830: Directed Study,  BIO3940/4940: Internship in Biology, BIO3970: Research in Biology, BIO3980/4980: Independent Study, or BIO3790: ACCA Affiliated Course
  • *Students need to complete MTH2120: Calculus for Management & Sciences (OFFERED EVERY OTHER YEAR), MTH2210: Calculus I (FALL & SPRING), or MTH2700: Statistics for Research (SPRING ONLY); MTH2120 or MTH2210 are for students looking at going to graduate/medical school

General Notes

  • Students must complete 30 semester hours at the 3000 level or above, of which 15 semester hours must be completed at Aurora University.
  • Last 24 semester hours of degree must be completed at Aurora University, including at least 18 semester hours in the major.
  • General Education abbreviations:
    • KO = Knowing Ourselves and Others A and B
    • ONW = Our Natural World
    • AP = Aesthetic and Philosophical Expression A and B
  • ***Choose one of the following 2000-level IDS courses:
    • IDS2000: Wellness & Social Responsibility
    • IDS2020:  Trajectories of Human History
    • IDS2030: Science & Society
    • IDS2040: Global Justice
If you have questions about this major, contact Lance Robinson in the Crouse Center for Student Success at (630) 844-6870.