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.
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
- 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.
Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Emphasis
This emphasis includes Cellular & Molecular, Bioinformatics, and Medical Technology. Also prepares students for careers in forensics. Consult with academic adviser for specific requirements.
Cellular and Molecular
Basic Biology Emphasis above with these required elective courses:
|Required Biology Core Courses|
|Biology Required Core with the following:||30|
and CELLULAR BIOLOGY LAB
|Required Elective Courses|
|BIOL 351L||MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & GENETICS LABORATORY||2|
|CHEM 311||BIOCHEMISTRY SURVEY||3|
|or CHEM 411||BIOCHEMISTRY I|
|Adviser Approved Upper Division Biology Electives|
|Select 10 credits||10|
|Required Support Courses|
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY I|
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY II|
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
|ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I|
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
|ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II|
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II
|MATH 156||INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS||3|
|MATH 221||APPLIED CALC: AN INTUITIVE APPROACH||4|
|Select one of the following sequences:||8-10|
|PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I|
and PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LAB I
|PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II|
and PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II LAB
|GENERAL PHYSICS I|
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
|GENERAL PHYSICS II|
and GENERAL PHYSICS II LAB
|COMR 103||SPEAKING AND LISTENING (H)||3|
|Institutional and General Education|
|Select 21 credits||21|
|Select 14-16 credits||14-16|
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.
Disclaimer: The Planning Sheet is designed as a guide for student's planning their course selections. The information on this page provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made with the advice and consent of an academic advisor. While accurately portraying the information contained in the college catalog, this form is not considered a legal substitute for that document. Students should become familiar with the catalog in effect at the time in which they entered the institution.
|BIOL 171||First Year Seminar||1|
|College Biology I/Organismal Bio
and College Biology I/Organismal Bio Lab
|General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
|ENG 101||Rhetoric & Writing I||3|
|College Biology II/Cellular Biology
and College Biology II/Cellular Bio Lab
|General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
|ENG 102||Rhetoric & Writing II||3|
|MATH 221||Applied Calc: An Intuitive Approach||4|
or BIOL 202
or BIOL 202L
or Zoology Laboratory
|Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
or PHYS 221
|Principles of Physics I
or General Physics I
or PHYS 221L
|Principles of Physics Lab I
or General Physics I Lab
|MATH 156||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|BIOL 350||Mendelian and Population Genetics||2|
|Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
|COMR 103||Speaking and Listening||3|
or PHYS 222
|Principles Of Physics II
or General Physics II
or PHYS 222L
|Principles Of Physics II Lab
or General Physics II Lab
and General Microbiology Lab
or CHEM 411
or Biochemistry I
|Molecular Biology and Genetics
and Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratory
|BIOL 352||Evolutionary Biology and Ecology||3|
|Elective 7 credits must be upper division Biology course.||14|
and Cellular Biology Lab
|Elective 3 credits must be upper division Biology course.||9|