BA in Biological Sciences with Ecological/Environmental/Organismal Emphasis

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BA in biological sciences with an ecological/environmental/organismal emphasis. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students must meet the following requirements:

A major in biological sciences leading to the BA in biological sciences with an ecological/environmental/organismal emphasis requires 35 credit hours of biological sciences coursework. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.000 in all biological sciences coursework.

Course Title Hours
General Education
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 134-35
College Requirements
LAS Competencies and Electives - select enough courses to reach 120 credit hours and complete all LAS Competency Areas 134-37
Major Required Courses
BIOL 210General Biology I4
BIOL 211General Biology II4
BIOL 417Evolution3
BIOL 418General Ecology4
BIOL 419Genetics4
BIOL 420Molecular Cell Biology4
BIOL 497Biology Colloquium1-2
or BIOL 499 Undergraduate Research
Major Elective Courses
Select additional approved ecological/environmental/organismal electives 210-11
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Lab
Cooperative Education
Undergraduate Research
Vascular Plants
Field Botany
Ecosystem Management and Restoration
Vertebrate Zoology
Vertebrate Zoology Lab
Comparative Anatomy
Comp Anat Lab
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology Lab
Molecular Genetics
Plant Ecology
Conservation Biology
Topics in Botany
Reproductive Biology
Topics in Zoology
Herpetology Lab
Field Vertebrate Zoology (Sequence)
Desert Field Ecology
Discoveries in Developmental Biology
Pathogenic Microbiology
Biodiversity Analyses
Plant and Animal Interactions
Computing for Biologists
Experimental Design
Experimental Molecular Biology Lab
Mechanisms of Hormone Action
Statistical Applications in Biology
Additional Science Requirements for Ecological/Environmental/Organismal
CHEM 211General Chemistry I5
CHEM 212General Chemistry II5
CHEM 531Organic Chemistry I5
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education and/or LAS Competencies. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.


See list of excluded courses (nonmajor courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the major). 

Applied Learning

Students in the BA in biological sciences with ecological/environmental/organismal emphasis program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing BIOL 418 and/or BIOL 499