Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. John S. Calahan, Jr., Head

Science Building, Room 226

Box T-0100

(254) 968-9159

Professors: Calahan, Keith, Konvicka

Associate Professor: Rathburn, Sudman

Assistant Professors: Murray, Nelson, Pfau, Sanderford

Instructor: McReynolds

        The Department of Biological Sciences offers two distinct four-year curricula that lead to the baccalaureate degree. These are the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology. In addition, pre-professional programs are offered which include pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, and pre-pharmacy. Secondary teaching certificates may be obtained with Science Certification or Life Science Certification. The curricula are designed to maximize career opportunities at each particular level and to prepare students for various graduate and professional school programs.

        A master of science degree is also offered. For further information, see the graduate section of this catalog.

  Semester Hours

University Core Curriculum                                                                             

See p. 40 for additional information about Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements.

47
   
Courses Required for BS in General Biology  
BIOL 1204, 1214, 2034, 30341
16
CHEM 1054,2 1084,2 2014, PHYS 1044, 1054
20
MATH 1093 
3

1 See p. 270 for BIOL course descriptions.
2 Satisfies lab science requirement.

 
   
Additional Required Courses  
For General Biology without Teacher Certification  

BIOL 3064 or 3154, 20 hours advanced BIOL electives

24

ENGL 2303, PSY 1013, MATH 3504

10

Electives, 4 hours advanced

15
 
For Aquatic Freshwater Support Area

BIOL 3064 or 3154; 3494, 3034, 4014, 4414 

20

Advanced BIOL electives

4

CHEM 2024 or 4743 

3-4

ENGL 2303, PSY 1013, MATH 3504

10

GEOL 1013, 1054, E S 3503 

10

Electives

6
 
For Aquatic Marine Support Area
BIOL 3064 or 3154; 3494, 3403, 4014, 4423
18
Advanced BIOL electives 
6
CHEM 2024 or 4743
3-4
MATH 3504, ENGL 2303
7
PSY 1013, GEOG 1013 
6
GEOL 1054, E S 3403
7
Electives 
6
 
For Environmental Biology Support Area

BIOL 3044, 3364, 3494, 3154, 4014, 4414, 4851, 3403 or 4423

28

ENGL 2303, MATH 3504 

7

GEOL 1054, 1074

8
 
For Molecular Biology Support Area

CHEM 2024, PSY 1013

7

ENGL 2303, MATH 3504 

7

BIOL 3134, 3024, 3854, 3954, 4753, BIOL or CHEM 4743, 4783

25

BIOL electives, 4 hours advanced 

8

Electives

7
 
For Teacher Certification: Life Science Certification1

BIOL 3154, 3494, 4014, 4703

15

ENGL 2303

3

EDU 3303, 3353, 4303, 4353, 4906, PSY 2203 or 3033, RDG 3513  

24

Advanced electives

12
 
For Teacher Certification: Science Certification1

BIOL 3154, 3494, 4014, 4703 

15

ENGL 2303  

3

CHEM 4861, GEOL 1054, 1064, 4861

10

PHYS elective 

3

Advanced E S electives

6

EDU 3303, 3353, 4303, 4353, 4906, PSY 2203 or 3033, RDG 3513 

24
1    A student who fails to complete certification requirements must complete the requirements of one of the non-certification support areas to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology.  
   
For Wildlife Biology Support Area  

BIOL 3044, 3064, 3154, 4014  

16

Advanced BIOL electives

8

ENGL 2303, MATH 3504, PSY 1013

10

R&RM elective 

3

Electives, 8 hours advanced 

16
 
For Pre-Physical Therapy

BIOL 3064, 4604, 12 hours advanced BIOL electives 

20

Advanced semester hours transferred from an accredited Physical Therapy School

25

ENGL 2303 

3

PSY 1013, 2013, SOC 2013 

9

MATH 3504 

4

MGMT 3013 

3

 

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ANIMAL BIOLOGY

 

  Semester Hours

University Core Curriculum                                                                             

See p. 40 for additional information about Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements.

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Courses Required for BS in Animal Biology  
BIOL 1204, 1214, 2034, 3024, 3034, 3064    
24
ENGL 2303      
3
MATH 1093, 1204, 2094 
11
CHEM 1054,1 1084,1 2014, 2024 
16
PHYS 1044, 1054 or 1224, 2424
8
Advanced electives   
12
 
Other Required Courses
For Pre-Dental/Pre-Medical 

BIOL 3854, 4604, 4614, 48512

13

BIOL 4743 or CHEM 4743 

3
 
For BS in Animal Biology (not pre-dental or pre-medical)

BIOL advanced electives

16

1 This course counts toward the university core curriculum lab science requirement.
2 See p. 270 for BIOL course descriptions.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

      Students entering professional school prior to completing a degree at Tarleton may meet the Bachelor of Science degree requirement by (1) fulfilling the “Degree Requirements” as stated on pp. 38-41 and (2) transferring the necessary hours from an approved professional school of dentistry, medicine, or allied health for a minimum total of 128 hours.

SUGGESTED CURRICULUM FOR PRE-PHARMACY1

ENGL 1113, 1123, 6 hours soph literature  12
BIOL 1204, 1214, 2034, 3034, 4743   19
CHEM 1054, 1084, 2014, 2024  16
MATH 1073, 1093, 1204, 3504   14
PHYS 1044 4
COMS 1013, 1023, or 3013  3
HIST 2013, 2023 6
POLS 2013, 2023    6
PSY 1013     3
ECO 2013  3

1 Requirements for different schools of pharmacy vary considerably. Students should seek counsel from the Pre-Pharmacy advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences prior to enrollment.