2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 21, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology (B.S.)


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College of Sciences
Department of Biology, BL, Room: 301
http://www.cos.ucf.edu/biology
Email: bioadvise@ucf.edu

Phone: 407-823-2141

The Biology B.S. degree allows the student to choose coursework to be awarded the general Biology B.S. degree or to select a track in one of five areas, which are:- Ecology, Evolutionary and Conservation Biology- Marine and Aquatic Biology- Plant Sciences- Pre-Health Professional Biology- Zoology and Pre-Veterinarian ScienceThese tracks are designed to align students with specific courses that will prepare them for the job market or more advanced study.

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • No credit by exam (TSD, Military credit) may be used for the major.
  • Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in this major
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 22 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Department of Biology.
  • Students seeking a double major must satisfy the requirements for both majors and must take no fewer than 40 semester hours of upper division restricted elective course work appropriate to the combined areas of specialization in the two majors.
  • Courses designated in Common Program Prerequisites and Core Requirements are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • A “C” (2.0) or better is required in all Core Courses with a BSC or PCB prefix.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all UCF courses taken in the Common Program Prerequisites, the Biology Core and the Upper Division Restricted Electives.
  • All prerequisites of courses taught within the College of Sciences will be enforced.
  • No more than 4 hours of Independent Study, Directed Research, or the following similar types of credit, may be applied toward major requirements:
  • Upon reaching junior standing (60 hours), Biology majors are expected to have completed the following courses and associated chemistry laboratories. These classes are prerequisites for advanced science classes and students entering the major without these classes will be unable to register for most of the advanced courses.

General Education Program (GEP) (38 Credit Hours)


  • Certain courses must be selected in the GEP for this major, bringing the total GEP hours to more than 36.
  • At least one course completed in each Foundation area must be a designated State General Education Core Course.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Mathematics: (3 Credit Hours)


Statistics (3 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Science Foundations (8 Credit Hours)


A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required for this Biology course to be used as a prerequisite.

Select the sequence identified by the Chemistry Placement exam;


For students with a strong chemistry background and a high Chemistry Placement score:

or - Students with little chemistry background should take this two semester equivalent instead.

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (16 Credit Hours)


  • Completion of the CPPs should take into account the GEP and Major requirements. Although other courses may satisfy the CPP, those identified in this section specifically satisfy the major requirements.
  • See Transfer Notes for possible substitutes for the courses listed below.

Biology:


A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required in these Biology courses to allow their use as a prerequisite. While a lower grade may satisfy the CPP, it will not satisfy the major.

Math:


Select one math course and this statistics course.

Physics: Complete one entire sequence (8 Credit Hours)


Core Requirements: Basic Level (8 Credit Hours)


  • All courses specifically identified in the preceding Common Program Prerequisites section of this catalog are also required in the Basic Core;

Biology Basic Core:


  • A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required in these Biology courses to satisfy the requirement, and to allow their use as a course prerequisite.

Take all of the following:


Cognate Sciences Basic Core:


Chemistry Sequence


Physics Sequence


Mathematics


Core Requirements: Advanced Level (13 Credit Hours)


Biology Advanced Core:


Note: A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required in these Biology courses to satisfy the requirement, and to allow their use as a course prerequisite.

Biology Laboratories:


  • Students are required to take two labs from those listed below
  • One of these labs must come from section A. The second lab can come from section B or an additional lab from section A.

B. Laboratories


May include other laboratories as approved by an advisor

Biology Tracks


For each track the following apply:

  • Student must complete at least one course dealing exclusively with zoology and one course dealing exclusively with botany.
  • A minimum C (2.0) required in each course taken to meet the “Required Electives” within each track (does not apply to courses taken to meet “Restricted Electives”).
  • A minimum C (2.0) overall required for the track.
  • No substitutions are allowed.
  • At least 10 hours of the Upper Division Restricted electives must be taken within the UCF Biology Department. Courses offered by the Department of Biology have been identified. Additional courses may be used to meet requirements with approval of the undergraduate program coordinator via petition.
  • Transferred courses must be at a 3000 level or higher, and be evaluated by the undergraduate program coordinator, in order to count as an Upper Division Restricted Elective.
  • Courses at the 5000 level are only open to seniors and beginning graduate students. Faculty teaching course must approve override.

Biology B.S.: General Track (22 Credit Hours)


  • A biology major who meets the GEP, core, lab, and upper division restricted electives requirements, as well as all UCF graduation requirements is eligible to receive a general B.S. in Biology.
Restricted Electives (22 Credit Hours)

Courses must be selected from the list below.

Additional courses may be added to the list of restricted electives in the future and will appear on the myKnight audit.

1 Fulfills Botany requirement and taught within the Biology department. ​
2 Taught within the Biology department. ​
3 Fulfills Zoology requirement and taught within the Biology department.

Biology B.S.: Ecology, Evolutionary and Conservation Biology Track (22 Credit Hours)


Required Electives (choose two from the following): (6-8 Credit Hours)

“C” (2.0) or better required in each course.

Restricted Electives (choose from the following): (7-9 Credit Hours)

  • Additional courses may be added to the lists of restricted electives in the future and will appear on the myKnight audit.
Additional Biology Electives: (5-9 Credit Hours)

  • Courses must be selected from the General Biology Track restricted elective list

Biology B.S.: Marine and Aquatic Biology Track (22 Credit Hours)


Required Elective (3 Credit Hours)

“C” (2.0) or better required.

Restricted Electives (choose from the following): (12 Credit Hours)

  • Additional courses may be added to the lists of restricted electives in the future and will appear on the myKnight audit.
Additional Biology Electives (7 Credit Hours)

  • Courses must be selected from the General Biology Track restricted elective list

Biology B.S.: Plant Sciences Track


Required Elective (3 Credit Hours)

“C” (2.0) or better required.

  • BOT 3015 - Principles of Plant Science Credit Hours: 3
Restricted Electives (choose at least one course from Group A and two from Group B) Remaining credits can be from any group. (14 Credit Hours)

  • Additional courses may be added to the lists of restricted electives in the future and will appear on the myKnight audit.
Group A (2 Credit Hours)

  • BOT 4922 - Plant Science Capstone Credit Hours: 2

       or

  • BOT 4970H - Honors Undergraduate Thesis Credit Hours: 3
Group B (5 Credit Hours)

Group C (Other Restricted Electives) (7 Credit Hours)

Additional Biology Electives (5 Credit Hours)

  • Courses must be selected from the General Biology Track restricted elective list

Biology B.S.: Pre-Health Professional Biology Track (22 Credit Hours)


Required Electives (choose two from the following): (9-10 Credit Hours)

“C” (2.0) or better required in each course.

Restricted Electives (choose from the following): (5-6 Credit Hours)

  • Additional courses may be added to the lists of restricted electives in the future and will appear on the myKnight audit.
Additional Biology Electives: (6-8 Credit Hours)

  • Courses must be selected from the General Biology Track restricted elective list

Biology B.S.: Zoology and Pre-Veterinarian Science Track (22 Credit Hours)


Required Electives (choose one from the following): (3-4 Credit Hours)

“C” (2.0) or better required in each course.

Restricted Electives (choose from the following): (11-12 Credit Hours)

  • Additional courses may be added to the lists of restricted electives in the future and will appear on the myKnight audit.
Additional Biology Electives: (6-8 Credit Hours)

  • Courses must be selected from the General Biology Track restricted elective list

Capstone Requirements


  • None

Electives


  • Select primarily from upper level courses after consulting with your departmental advisor. May be outside of the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.

Graduation

  • None

Additional Requirements


  • None

Required Minors


  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements


  • A “C” (2.0) or better is required in all Core Courses with a BSC or PCB prefix.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all UCF courses taken in the Common Program Prerequisites, the Biology Core and the Upper Division Restricted Electives.
  • All attempts of UCF courses that could meet requirements are included in the major GPA calculation. All attempts of UCF courses listed for the major taken beyond the minimum required are included in the GPA calculation (e.g, additional restricted electives taken beyond the required 22 hours).
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 22 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Department of Biology.
  • Students are required to pass the comprehensive exit exam in Biology. We recommend that this exam be taken as soon as you have completed all of the Biology core courses. A passing grade is determined as a scaled score greater than the bottom 10% of nation-wide test takers.
  • Students seeking a double major must satisfy the requirements for both majors and must take no fewer than 40 semester hours of upper division restricted elective course work appropriate to the combined areas of specialization in the two majors.
  • Biology majors are discouraged from taking courses as a transient student at a Florida College System institution, except in situations where the first semester of a two semester sequence has already been taken at a Florida College System institution.

University Minimum Exit Requirements


  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120


Additional Information


Honors In Major

  • Application and admissions through The Burnett Honors College and department. More information about Honors in the Major can be found at https://honors.ucf.edu/research/.

Related Programs

Certificates

  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • Students are urged to contact their departmental advisor before registering for courses.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have satisfied course prerequisites before registering for a class.

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit by the undergraduate program coordinator. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • Honors versions of courses will substitute for regular versions.
  • The following substitutions are acceptable for common program prerequisites if taken as part of the AA course work. Although the CPP may be satisfied, prerequisites for subsequent Biology courses may still have to be met:
    • BSC 2010C : BSCX040/X040L
    • BSC 2011C : BSCX041/X041L; ZOOX010/X010L; BOTX010/X010L; BOTX013/X013L
    • CHM 2046 /CHM 2046L : CHMX046C
    • Math/Statistics and Physics: Although a number of courses will satisfy the CPP, please refer to the catalog copy for the specific courses that are required in the program.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $24.85 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $49.70 per term

Plan of Study


  • This is one of numerous possible plans of study. See program description for all requirements. Consult a departmental advisor for alternate, new or more appropriate selections.
  • Prior to enrolling in CHM 2045C , take Chemistry Placement Test. Instructions are at https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • Prior to enrolling in Math, take Math Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • Although all classes are listed as being taken during the academic year, you may be required to complete 9 hours of them during the Summer. Consult with an advisor to determine if you are exempt

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Spring (14 Credit Hours)


Note: Lab may be taken in a later term if seats are not available.

Freshman Year - Summer (7 Credit Hours)


  • Math Course Credit Hours: 4
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Summer (5 Credit Hours)


Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


  • STA 2023 - Statistical Methods I Credit Hours: 3
  • Botany Elective or Upper Division Biology Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Upper Division Biology Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Junior Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)


  • PCB 3063 - Genetics Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Division Biology Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Zoology Elective or Botany Elective Credit Hours: 4

Junior Year - Summer (4 Credit Hours)


  • Upper Division Biology Elective Credit Hours: 4

Senior Year - Fall (11 Credit Hours)


Senior Year - Spring (14 Credit Hours)


  • Upper Division Biology Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Upper Division Biology Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Upper Division Biology Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Division Biology Elective Credit Hours: 3

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