Expected Student Outcomes
- Students will develop a broad-based knowledge of concepts and terminology in molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological biology.
- Students will develop applied scientific skills though field and laboratory experience and data analysis.
- Students will develop skills in reading and interpreting the scientific literature and in presenting a synthesis of it accurately in oral and written form.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills using experimental design and the scientific method.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
Assessment of students’ improvement in intellectual skills, knowledge and capacities from entrance to graduation will be accomplished through the use of several tools. Exams and course assignments will be used as one measure of the student’s proficiency in writing skills, acquisition of knowledge, communication, problem solving and laboratory skills. All majors will take a Senior Seminar that requires scientific literature interpretation along with oral and written presentations evaluated by peers and department faculty. Seniors will also take the Biology Major Field Test, which measures Colorado State University Pueblo students’ content knowledge and analytical skills against national norms.
- Students majoring in biology must receive a grade of C or better (2.000) in all core biology courses.
- Students graduating with a BS in biology must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major area. A cumulative GPA of 2.600 in the major area is required for admission to the teacher education program.
- Transfer students are required to earn a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in approved Biology upper division courses from CSU-Pueblo, including BIOL 493 SEMINAR (1.00 c.h.), for graduation with a BS degree in Biology.
- A maximum of 6 semester credit hours of approved upper division CHEM courses may be applied towards approved upper division biology electives.
- A maximum of 6 semester credit hours of approved upper division WANR courses may be applied towards approved upper division biology electives.
- Graduates are encouraged to complete a minor outside the biology department.
Biomedical Sciences Emphasis
This emphasis includes pre-professional programs: Chiropractic, Dental, Medical, Medical Laboratory Science, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Veterinary Medicine.
See Basic Biology Emphasis above and consult with academic adviser for other requirements. Electives vary with professional area.
Students seeking to major in Nutrition can complete five terms of coursework at CSU-Pueblo. Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to undergraduate programs in Nutrition.
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
Core Requirements for the Biology Major
|BIOL 171||FIRST YEAR SEMINAR||1|
|COLLEGE BIOLOGY I/ORGANISMAL BIO|
and COLLEGE BIOLOGY I/ORGANISMAL BIO LAB
|COLLEGE BIOLOGY II/CELLULAR BIOLOGY|
and COLLEGE BIOLOGY II/CELLULAR BIO LAB
|Select one of the following:||4|
and BOTANY LABORATORY
and ZOOLOGY LABORATORY
and GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY LAB
|BIOL 350||MENDELIAN AND POPULATION GENETICS||2|
|BIOL 351||MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS||2|
|BIOL 352||EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY||3|
|Select one of the following:||4|
and CELLULAR BIOLOGY LAB
and PLANT PHYSIOLOGY LAB
and VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY LAB