Department of Biological Sciences

Phone: 262-472-1092 E-Mail: biologclsci@uww.edu

Faculty: Eric Brown, Catherine Chan, George Clokey, Kirsten Crossgrove, Kristen Curran, Ellen Davis, Bruce Eshelman, Elisabeth Harrahy, Joshua Kapfer, Kerry Katovich, Nadine Kriska, Robert Kuzoff, Anneke Lisberg, Peter Mesner, Heather Pelzel, Stephen Solheim, Nicholas Tippery, Daryle Waechter-Brulla (Chairperson), Michael Woller, Brett Woods.

Outstanding facilities, innovative faculty members and a nationally recognized undergraduate research program make the Department of Biological Sciences an excellent choice for students interested in a career in the life sciences. Students with training in the biological sciences will be among those who will contribute significantly toward solving critical problems facing the world today, such as environmental challenges and health improvements.

Hands-on learning is at the heart of the department. Most courses feature a laboratory or field work component. Students are able to collaborate with faculty members on research projects with the possibility of co-authoring articles in national scientific publications. A variety of internship opportunities are also available, ranging from biotechnology to veterinary sites, at local to national locations. The department offers an annual field trip to Yellowstone National Park in August, as well as other locales.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in on-campus organizations including Beta Beta Beta (national biological honor society), Pre-Health Associates of Tomorrow, and Helping Hands.

The University has agreements with Deakin University in Australia, the State Laboratory of Hygiene cytotechnology training program, and the Palmer College of Chiropractic.

PIGEON LAKE FIELD STATION. The University of Wisconsin System sponsors summer programs at the Pigeon Lake Field Station near Drummond in Bayfield county of northwestern Wisconsin. Station offerings include undergraduate and graduate courses in field biology and in mapping and outdoor education. Sessions may vary from two to six weeks in length with a variety of biology courses offered on a rotating basis. Credit earned at the Station is accepted as residence credit at this University. The Field Station is located in a natural outdoor laboratory among the lakes, streams and forests of relatively unspoiled portions of northern Wisconsin. Students are housed in rustic cabins and get their meals in the station dining hall. PLFS facilities also include three classroom buildings and a recreation hall on land including 1400 feet of shoreline on Pigeon Lake. With access to Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, the national forest, and adjacent wildlife areas—the Station is ideally located for field studies as well as for recreation.

The several programs offered each summer are publicized by special announcements early in the year. For further details contact the Department of Biological Sciences.

MAJORS/EMPHASES

Students may elect one of eight emphases in the Biological Sciences major. The Cell/Physiology and Ecology Field emphases are appropriate for students planning to pursue a career or post-graduate training in those fields. Students planning to attend graduate school are also encouraged to consider the Honors emphasis. The Marine Biology and Freshwater Ecology emphasis provides students with three years of training locally, followed by one year at Deakin University in Australia. The Early Entrance Pre-Professional emphasis is designed for students to complete 3 years locally and then transfer to a health professions program to complete their training; at this time, this emphasis serves students participating in the articulation agreement between UWW and Palmer College of Chiropractic. The Pre-Biomedical Professions emphasis was initially designed for students planning to attend medical, veterinary, or dental schools; it is also suitable for students interested in allied health professions (physician assistant, physical therapist, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, optometrist, podiatrist, chiropractor, athletic trainer, exercise physiologist, cytotechnologist, etc.). There are two emphases that offer training in biology and education (the BSE in Cell/Phys and Ecology/Field); students considering a career in teaching may also earn a degree in Biological Sciences and pursue licensure separately.

BIOLOGY-CELL/PHYSIOLOGY (BA/BS)

MAJOR - 40 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142 AND BIOLOGY 251

2. BIOLOGY 253, BIOLOGY 254 AND BIOLOGY 257

3. BIOLOGY 311 OR BIOLOGY 363

4. BIOLOGY 390 AND BIOLOGY 400

5. ONE TO SIX UNITS COMBINED OF THE FOLLOWING: BIOLOGY 493, BIOLOGY 498, BIOLOGY 498R, BIOLOGY 491 (DEPT APPROVAL REQUIRED)

6. AT LEAST THREE OF THE FOLLOWING: BIOLOGY 301, BIOLOGY 311, BIOLOGY 340, BIOLOGY 341, BIOLOGY 345, BIOLOGY 361, BIOLOGY 362, BIOLOGY 364, BIOLOGY 412, BIOLOGY 415, AND BIOLOGY 456

7. SELECT ADDITIONAL UNITS OF BIOLOGY ELECTIVES NUMBERED 300 OR ABOVE, EXCEPT FOR BIOLOGY 303, BIOLOGY 493 AND BIOLOGY 498, OR BIOLOGY 498R TO TOTAL 40 UNITS IN THE MAJOR

MAJOR - UNIQUE REQ & WRTNG - 23-27 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 200 OR ENGLISH 372

2. MATH 152, MATH 243 OR MATH 250

3. CHEM 102, CHEM 104, CHEM 251, CHEM 252

4. BIOLOGY 303 OR PSYCH 215

5. BOTH PHYSCS 140 AND PHYSCS 141 OR BOTH PHYSCS 180 AND PHYSCS 181 ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

AN APPROVED MINOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS MAJOR

BIOLOGY-ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND BEHAVIOR (BA/BS)

MAJOR - 40 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142 AND BIOLOGY 251

2. 0-3 UNITS OF BIOLOGY 253

3. BIOLOGY 257 AND BIOLOGY 446

4. AT LEAST TWO UNITS OF THE FOLLOWING: BIOLOGY 254 OR BIOLOGY 258

5. BIOLOGY 390 AND BIOLOGY 400

6. ONE TO SIX UNITS OF THE FOLLOWING:

a. BIOLOGY 354 OR BIOLOGY 451 OR BIOLOGY 491

b. BIOLOGY 493

c. BIOLOGY 498 OR BIOLOGY 498R

7. AT LEAST THREE UNITS OF THE FOLLOWING: BIOLOGY 315, BIOLOGY 351, BIOLOGY 353, BIOLOGY 375 OR BIOLOGY 450

8. AT LEAST ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING: BIOLOGY 301, BIOLOGY 315, BIOLOGY 351, BIOLOGY 353, BIOLOGY 370, BIOLOGY 375, BIOLOGY 430, BIOLOGY 450, BIOLOGY 442, BIOLOGY 448, BIOLOGY 457

9. SELECT ADDITIONAL UNITS OF BIOLOGY ELECTIVES ABOVE 300 EXCEPT FOR BIOLOGY 303, BIOLOGY 493, BIOLOGY 498 AND BIOLOGY 498R, TO TOTAL 40 UNITS IN THE MAJOR

MAJOR - UNIQUE REQ & WRTNG - 20-25 UNITS

1. MATH 152 OR MATH 243 OR MATH 250

2. BIOLOGY 303 OR PSYCH 215

3. CHEM 102 AND CHEM 104

4. ONE ADDITIONAL CHEMISTRY COURSE NUMBERED ABOVE 200

5. BIOLOGY 200 OR ENGLISH 372 (writing requirement)

6. PHYSCS 140 AND PHYSCS 141 OR PHYSCS 180 AND PHYSCS 181 ARE RECOMMENDED.

 

AN APPROVED MINOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS MAJOR

BIOLOGY - HONORS EMPHASIS

MAJOR - 54 UNITS

(3.40 COMBINED CUMULATIVE GPA; 3.40 GPA WITHIN THE MAJOR)

 

1. BIOLOGY 303

2. BIOLOGY 141 AND BIOLOGY 142

3. BIOLOGY 251, BIOLOGY 253, BIOLOGY 254 AND BIOLOGY 257

4. BIOLOGY 446

5. BIOLOGY 390, BIOLOGY 400

6. BOTH PHYSCS 140 AND 141 OR BOTH PHYSCS 180 AND 181

7. BIOLOGY 499 (FIRST SEMESTER) - COMPLETE 2 UNITS THESIS IN BIOLOGY

8. BIOLOGY 499 (SECOND SEMESTER) - COMPLETE 3 UNITS THESIS IN BIOLOGY

9. SELECT ADDITIONAL UNITS OF BIOLOGY ELECTIVES NUMBERED ABOVE 250 EXCEPT FOR BIOLOGY 303, BIOLOGY 498R AND BIOLOGY 499, TO TOTAL 54 UNITS IN THE MAJOR

UNIQUE AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS - 20 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 200 OR ENGLISH 372

2. MATH 253

3. CHEM 102, CHEM 104

4. SELECT FIVE ADDITIONAL UNITS OF CHEMISTRY NUMBERED ABOVE 200

NO MINOR IS REQUIRED

BIOLOGY - MARINE BIOLOGY AND FRESHWATER ECOLOGY (BA/BS)

MAJOR - 54 UNITS

SATISFACTION OF THIS EMPHASIS REQUIRES TWO SEMESTERS OF STUDY AT DEAKIN UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA

 

1. MATH 152, MATH 253 OR MATH 254

2. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142 AND BIOLOGY 251

3. BIOLOGY 253, BIOLOGY 257 AND BIOLOGY 258

4. BIOLOGY 370, BIOLOGY 446 AND BIOLOGY 457

5. BIOLOGY 390, BIOLOGY 400

6. GEOGRPY 323

7. SELECT 0-5 UNITS OF PHYSCS 130 OR PHYSCS 140 OR PHYSCS 180

8. SELECT ADDITIONAL UNITS OF BIOLOGY NUMBERED ABOVE 300, EXCEPT FOR BIOLOGY 303, TO TOTAL 54 UNITS IN THE MAJOR. TYPICALLY THESE CREDITS WILL CONSIST OF TRANSFER CREDITS FROM DEAKIN INCLUDING MARINE BIOLOGY AND WATER QUALITY WHICH ARE REQUIRED.

MAJOR - UNIQUE REQ & WRTNG - 24-26 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 303 OR PSYCH 215

2. BIOLOGY 200 OR ENGLISH 372

3. CHEM 102, CHEM 104, CHEM 251, AND CHEM 261

4. AT LEAST 4 ADDITIONAL UNITS OF CHEMISTRY NUMBERED GREATER THAN 251.

NO MINOR IS REQUIRED

BIOLOGY-EARLY ENTRANCE PRE-PROFESSIONAL EMPHASIS

Must have 24 or higher Math ACT subscore to qualify for emphasis.

MAJOR - 59-60 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142, BIOLOGY 200, BIOLOGY 251, BIOLOGY 253, AND BIOLOGY 300

2. CHEM 102, CHEM 104, CHEM 251, CHEM 252, CHEM 261 AND CHEM 456

3. MATH 152 AND MATH 253

4. SELECT ONE GROUP:

a. PHYSCS 160, PHYSCS 161, PHYSCS 162, PHYSCS 163

OR

b. PHYSCS 170, PHYSCS 172, PHYSCS 173, PHYSCS 174, PHYSCS 175

5. STUDENT MUST TRANSFER BACK AN ADDITIONAL 30 UNITS, THAT HAVE BEEN PRE-APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR, FROM AN APPROVED, ACCREDITED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL TO COMPLETE THE DEGREE.

THE REQUIREMENT OF 15 UNITS TAKEN AT UW-WHITEWATER IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO GRADUATION WILL BE WAIVED.

BIOLOGY - PRE-BIOMEDICAL PROFESSIONS EMPHASIS

MAJOR 54 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142 AND BIOLOGY 251

2. BIOLOGY 253, BIOLOGY 254 AND BIOLOGY 257

3. BIOLOGY 311 OR BIOLOGY 363

4. ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

a. BIOLOGY 340 AND BIOLOGY 345

b. BIOLOGY 361 AND BIOLOGY 362 (INTENDED FOR PARAMEDICAL PROFESSIONS ONLY)

5. BIOLOGY 390 AND BIOLOGY 400

6. AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES: MATH 253, CHEM 261, CHEM 262, BIOLOGY 456

7. ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

a. PHYSCS 140 AND PHYSCS 141

b. PHYSCS 180 AND PHYSCS 181

8. ONE TO SIX UNITS COMBINED OF THE FOLLOWING: BIOLOGY 493, BIOLOGY 498, BIOLOGY 498R, OR BIOLOGY 491 (DEPT APPROVAL REQUIRED)

9. SELECT ADDITIONAL UNITS OF BIOLOGY ELECTIVES NUMBERED 300 OR ABOVE, EXCEPT FOR BIOLOGY 303, BIOLOGY 493, BIOLOGY 498, OR BIOLOGY 498R, TO TOTAL 54 UNITS IN THE MAJOR

UNIQUE AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS 23-27 UNITS

1. MATH 152, MATH 243, MATH 250, OR MATH 253

2. BIOLOGY 200 OR ENGLISH 372

3. CHEM 102, CHEM 104, CHEM 251, CHEM 252

4. BIOLOGY 303 OR PSYCH 215

NO MINOR REQUIRED

BIOLOGY-CELL/PHYSIOLOGY (BSE)

LICENSURE - 41 UNITS

1. SPECED 205

2. BIOLOGY 257

3. FOUNDATIONS BLOCK: EDFOUND 212, EDFOUND 243 AND EDFNDPRC 210

4. EDFOUND 425

5. SECNDED 466

6. SECNDED 429 AND 3 UNITS OF CIFLD 492

7. SELECT ONE OF THE TWO DIRECTED TEACHING GROUPS

A. CIFLD 402 AND 12 UNITS OF CIFLD 414

B. CIFLD 404 AND 12 UNITS OF CIFLD 412

MAJOR - 41 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142 AND BIOLOGY 251

2. BIOLOGY 253, BIOLOGY 254, BIOLOGY 257

3. BIOLOGY 258 OR BIOLOGY 451

4. BIOLOGY 311

5. SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

A. BIOLOGY 340 AND BIOLOGY 345

B. BIOLOGY 361 AND BIOLOGY 362

6. BIOLOGY 446

7. BIOLOGY 390 AND BIOLOGY 400

8. SELECT AT LEAST ONE UNIT OF BIOLOGY 498R

MAJOR - UNIQUE REQ & WRTNG - 21-24 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 200 OR ENGLISH 372

2. CHEM 102 AND CHEM 104

3. CHEM 251 AND CHEM 252

4. MATH 152 OR MATH 243 OR MATH 250

5. PHYSCS 140 AND PHYSCS 141 OR PHYSCS 180 AND PHYSCS 181 ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

 

AN APPROVED MINOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS MAJOR

BIOLOGY-ECOLOGY/FIELD (BSE)

LICENSURE - 41 UNITS

1. SPECED 205

2. BIOLOGY 257

3. FOUNDATIONS BLOCK: EDFOUND 212, EDFOUND 243 AND EDFNDPRC 210

4. EDFOUND 425

5. SECNDED 466

6. SECNDED 429 AND 3 UNITS OF CIFLD 492

7. SELECT ONE OF THE TWO DIRECTED TEACHING GROUPS

A. CIFLD 402 AND 12 UNITS OF CIFLD 414

B. CIFLD 404 AND 12 UNITS OF CIFLD 412

MAJOR - 40 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142 AND BIOLOGY 251

2. BIOLOGY 253, BIOLOGY 254, BIOLOGY 257, AND BIOLOGY 258

3. BIOLOGY 353, BIOLOGY 446 AND BIOLOGY 457

4. BIOLOGY 390 AND BIOLOGY 400

5. SELECT ONE UNIT OF BIOLOGY 498R

6. BIOLOGY 311 AND BIOLOGY 340 ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

7. SELECT ADDITIONAL UNITS OF BIOLOGY NUMBERED ABOVE 300, EXCEPT BIOLOGY 303, TO TOTAL 40 UNITS IN THE MAJOR

MAJOR - UNIQUE REQ & WRTNG - 21-26 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 200 OR ENGLISH 372

2. CHEM 102 AND CHEM 104

3. ONE ADDITIONAL CHEMISTRY COURSE NUMBERED ABOVE 200

4. MATH 152 OR MATH 243 OR MATH 250

5. PSYCH 215 OR BIOLOGY 303

6. PHYSCS 140 AND PHYSCS 141 OR PHYSCS 180 AND PHYSCS 181 ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

 

AN APPROVED MINOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS MAJOR

MINORS/EMPHASES

BIOLOGY

MINOR - 24 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142 AND BIOLOGY 251

2. SELECT 10 UNITS FROM BIOLOGY IN CONSULTATION WITH ADVISOR. ELECTIVES MUST BE NUMBERED ABOVE BIOLOGY 251.

UNIQUE CHEMISTRY REQUIREMENT - 10 UNITS

1. CHEM 102 AND CHEM 104

BIOLOGY EDUCATION EMPHASIS

MINOR - 24 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 141 AND BIOLOGY 142

2. BIOLOGY 257

3. BIOLOGY 251 AND BIOLOGY 446

4. SELECT ADDITIONAL UNITS OF BIOLOGY ELECTIVES ABOVE 251 EXCEPT FOR BIOLOGY 303, BIOLOGY 492, BIOLOGY 493 AND BIOLOGY 498, TO TOTAL 24 UNITS IN THE MINOR

UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS

1. CHEM 102 AND CHEM 104

INTEGRATED SCIENCE-BUSINESS

The Integrated Science-Business Major (ISBM) combines the disciplines of science and business into an interdisciplinary program. The focus of the ISBM is to develop integrated thinking from the initial stages of education and to produce well trained graduates who are highly effective in entry-level positions requiring skills in both science and business. The ISBM provides a strong foundation in the sciences (15-20 credits) as well as a basic background in business (30 credits). With the help of advisors, students design a course of study to best match their career goals by taking upper level courses in one or two areas of science (12-17 credits) and one area of business (6 credits). At the end of the program, capstones courses, including an internship and senior project, directly link science and business and prepare students for subsequent employment. ISBM graduates will know more about business and management issues than a typical science or engineering graduate, and have a broader understanding of science and technology than most business majors. Graduates of the program will be highly competitive for employment in science and technology based companies in positions such as project managers, marketing managers, and technology analysts. This major may be completed for a B.S. or B.B.A. degree. See the College of Business and Economics for B.B.A. degree requirements.

MAJOR

INTEGRATED SCIENCE - BUSINESS (BS)

Note: To declare an Integrated Science-Business major, students must have an overall combined GPA of at least 2.50. Students must maintain an overall combined GPA of 2.50 to remain enrolled in the major.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS - 30 UNITS

1. ACCOUNT 244 AND ECON 245 AND ITBE 280

2. ACCOUNT 249 OR ACCOUNT 261

3. MANGEMNT 301 AND MANGEMNT 306

4. FNBSLW 341 AND FNBSLW 344 AND MARKETNG 311

5. ITBE 353

MAJOR - 47-52 UNITS

1. SELECT 6 UNITS OF UPPER DIVISION BUSINESS COURSES FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS: ACCOUNTING, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS EDUCATION, ECONOMICS, FINANCE AND BUSINESS LAW, MANAGEMENT, MANAGEMENT COMPUTER SYSTEMS OR MARKETING.

2. SELECT 15-20 UNITS FROM AT LEAST TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

a. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142

b. CHEM 102, CHEM 104

c. GEOLGY 100 OR GEOGPRY 210

d. PHYSCS 140, PHYSCS 141 OR PHYSCS 180, PHYSCS 181

e. ANY BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, GEOLOGY, OR PHYSICS COURSE WHICH HAS ONE OF THE ABOVE AS A PREREQUISITE OR IS AN ADVANCED MAJORS COURSE. (STUDENTS TAKING PHYSICS COURSES, AS PART OF THE SCIENCE CORE OR SCIENCE EMPHASIS, THAT REQUIRE MATH 254 AS A PREREQUISITE MAY USE MATH 254 AS PART OF THEIR SCIENCE CORE 20 UNIT REQUIREMENT.)

3. SELECT 12-17 UNITS, ALL FROM AT MOST TWO OF THE SCIENCE AREAS: BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, GEOLOGY, PHYSICS. EACH COURSE MUST HAVE ONE OF THE COURSES LISTED IN 2. a-d AS A PREREQUISITE OR MUST BE AN ADVANCED COURSE IN THE MAJOR (BIOLOGY 200-LEVEL AND ABOVE, EXCEPT BIOLOGY 200, 214, 230; CHEMISTRY: 200-LEVEL AND ABOVE; PHYSCS: 200-LEVEL AND ABOVE, EXCEPT PHYSCS 212, 240; GEOLOGY: 200-LEVEL AND ABOVE, GEOGRPY 252, 200, 320, 323)

4. A MINIMUM OF 32 SCIENCE UNITS MUST BE COMPLETED

5. SCIBUS 481 OR MANGEMNT 489

6. SCIBUS 485

7. SCIBUS 493

DEGREE - UNIQUE REQ

1. ECON 201, ECON 202

2. MATH 152

3. MATH 250 OR MATH 253

Overall combined GPA of 2.50 required to graduate. Major GPA of 2.50 required to graduate

INTEGRATED SCIENCE-BUSINESS WATER RESOURCES EMPHASIS (BS)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS - 30 UNITS

1. ACCOUNT 244 AND ECON 245 AND ITBE 280

2. ACCOUNT 249 OR ACCOUNT 261

3. MANGEMNT 301 AND MANGEMNT 306 AND ITBE 353

4. FNBSLW 341 AND FNBSLW 344 AND MARKETNG 311

MAJOR - 47-52 UNITS

1. SELECT 6 UNITS OF UPPER DIVISION BUSINESS COURSES FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: ECON 471, FNBSLW 440, MANGEMNT 366

2. SELECT 20 UNITS FROM THE FOLLOWING:

a. BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142

b. CHEM 102

c. CHEM 104 OR GEOGRPY 210

3. BIOLOGY 257, BIOLOGY 370, GEOGRPY 323

4. SELECT 3 UNITS FROM THE FOLLOWING:

a. GEOGRPY 252

b. 491/496 COURSES AS APPROVED BY ISBM COORDINATOR

5. A MINIMUM OF 32 SCIENCE UNITS MUST BE COMPLETED

6. SCIBUS 481 OR MANGEMNT 489

7. SCIBUS 485

8. SCIBUS 493

DEGREE UNIQUE REQUIREMENT

1. ECON 201, ECON 202

2. MATH 152, MATH 253 OR MATH 250

Overall combined GPA of 2.50 required to graduate. Major GPA of 2.50 required to graduate

Note: to declare an Integrated Science-Business major, students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50. Students must maintain an overall combined GPA of 2.50 to remain enrolled in the major.



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