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General Studies

The General Studies requirements for Chadron State College are available on a separate page for easy reference.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a program of study from the Department of Physical and Life Sciences:

  • Will be able to consistently apply logical reasoning and critical thinking, not constrained by convention or prejudice.
  • Will be fluent in the foundations of knowledge needed for tomorrow's scientists and teachers of science.
  • Will have acquired, through knowledge and study, a sense of appreciation of our world.
  • Will possess the skills of inquiry and study needed to understand the true nature of the universe.

The Degree of Bachelor of Science with a Comprehensive Major in Biology

A student must complete the core requirements, an option, and the General Studies requirements. Students pursuing a comprehensive major in biology should take MATH 232 as their General Studies Math requirement.

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 225 Fundamentals of Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 138 & 138L General Botany & Lab 3
BIOL 139 & 139L General Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 311 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 332 Genetics 3
BIOL341 & 341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 410 Biology Seminar II 1
CHEM 140 & 140L* General Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 231 & 231L** Intro to Organic Chem & Lab 4
CHEM 435 & 435L Biochemistry & Lab 4
Total hours 30
*CHEM 131/131L and CHEM 132/132L may be substituted. See Biology advisor.
**CHEM 233/233L and CHEM 234/234L may be substituted. See Biology advisor.

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Environmental Resource Management Option 1

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements 30
AGRI 427 & 427L

BIOL 231 & 231L
Animal Anatomy Phys & Lab
or
Anatomy & Physiology & Lab
4
BIOL 229 & 229L

BIOL 328 & 328L
Vertebrate Zoology & Lab
or
Invertebrate Zoology & Lab
2
BIOL 336 & 336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 337 Environmental Management 3
BIOL 425 & 425L Plant Morphology & Lab 3
BIOL 431 & 431L Entomology & Lab 3
BIOL 438 & 438L Taxonomy of Plants & Lab 3
BIOL 444 & 444L Limnology & Lab 3
CHEM 433 Environmental Chemistry 3
Total hours 57

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General Biology Option

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements 30
BIOL 229 & 229L Vertebrate Zoology & Lab 2
BIOL 231 & 231L Anatomy & Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 328 & 328L Invertebrate Zoology & Lab 2
BIOL 336 & 336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 425 & 425L Plant Morphology & Lab 3
BIOL 432 & 432L Developmental Biology & Lab 3
BIOL 449 & 449L Molecular Biology & Lab 4
Upper Division Biology Electives 6
Total hours 57

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Human Biology Option 2

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements 30
BIOL 340 & 340L Human Anatomy & Lab 4
BIOL 342 & 342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 430

BIOL 433 & 433L
Immunology
or
Anal of Human Move & Lab
3
BIOL 432 & 432L Developmental Biol & Lab 3
BIOL 343 & 343L

BIOL 456 & 456L
Parasitology & Lab
or
Pathogenic Micro & Lab
3
BIOL 449 & 449L Molecular Biology & Lab 4
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
PSYC 334

PSYC 430
Developmental Psychology
or
Intro to Physiological Psychology
3
Total hours 57

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Molecular Biology Option 3

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements 30
BIOL 231 & 231L Anatomy & Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 412 Biotechnology 3
BIOL 430 Immunology 3
BIOL 432 & 432L Developmental Biol & Lab 3
BIOL 449 & 449L Molecular Biology & Lab 4
PHYS 151 & 151L College Physics I & Lab 5
PHYS 152 & 152L College Physics II & Lab 5
Total hours 57

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Students intending to pursue a graduate degree emphasizing research are encouraged to strengthen their chemistry, physics, and mathematics proficiencies through additional coursework.

1 Students entering the Environmental Resource Management field are encouraged to pursue a minor in Applied Statistics, Chemistry, Geoscience, Water Resource Management, or Wildlife Management. CHEM 433L is highly recommended; GEOS 231/231L may be substituted for CHEM 433. BIS 130 or equivalent and MATH 232 and 435 are recommended, as well as several of the following courses: PS 432, C A 233 or 334, BIOL 311, GEOS 321 and 322. Spanish language should be taken for Global and Social Awareness in General Studies.

2 Students intending to pursue professional training in Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs should include BIOL 465, Neuroscience (3 credits) in their curriculum. SPAN 270, Spanish for the Health Professions (3 credits), or one year of Spanish language is highly recommended. Please consult advisor.

3 Students enrolled in this option are encouraged to substitute CHEM 131/131L and CHEM 132/132L for CHEM 140/140L, and substitute CHEM 233/233L and CHEM 234/234L for CHEM 231. MATH 232 is highly recommended.

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Subject Endorsement in Biology (7-12)

A student must complete the following program in addition to the Professional Education and General Studies Requirements. Students pursuing this endorsement must complete PHYS 435 as one of the General Studies Global and Social Awareness requirements.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 225 Fundamentals of Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 138 & 138L General Botany & Lab 3
BIOL 139 & 139L General Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 231 & 231L Anat. & Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 310 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 332 Genetics 3
BIOL 336 & 336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 341 & 341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 410 Biology Seminar II 1
BIOL 412 Biotechnology 3
CHEM 140 & 140L# General Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 231 & 231L## Intro to Org. Chem & Lab 4
GEOS 231 & 231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
PHYS 151 &151L College Physics I & Lab 5
Total hours 45
#CHEM 131/131L and CHEM 132/132L may be substituted. See Biology advisor.
##CHEM 233/233L and CHEM 234/234L may be substituted. See Biology advisor.

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Minors in Life Sciences

Minor in Biology

A student must complete the program listed below in addition to the General Studies Requirements and a major in another discipline.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 225 Fundamentals of Cellular Biology 3
BIOL 138 & 138L General Botany & Lab 3
BIOL 139 & 139L General Zoology & Lab 3
BIOL 332 Genetics 3
Upper Division Biology Electives* 9
Total hours 21
*Students selecting this minor are strongly encouraged to seek counsel with biology faculty to determine appropriate electives.

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Minor in Plant Sciences

A student must complete the program below in addition to the General Studies requirements and a major.

Number Course Title Hours
AGRI 245 Principles of Soil Science 3
AGRI 339 & 339L Range Plant Identification & Lab 3
BIOL 138 & 138L General Botany & Lab 3
BIOL 336 & 336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 438 & 438L Taxonomy of Plants & Lab 3
BIOL 439 & 439L Plant Physiology & Lab 3
GEOS 322 Introduction to GIS 3
Total hours 21

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Minor in Wildlife Management

A student must complete the program below in addition to the General Studies requirements and a major in another discipline.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 235 Intro to Wildlife Mgmt 3
BIOL 325 Rangeland Wildlife Mgmt 3
BIOL 401 Ornithology 3
BIOL 426 Wildlife Research & Mgmt Tech 3
BIOL 435 Mammalogy 3
BIOL 437 Wildlife Mgmt Practicum 3
Electives 3
Total hours 21
To satisfy wildlife elective and to enhance employment potential students are recommended to take courses from the following: AGRI 245/245L, 339/339L, 428/428L, 436, BIOL 427/527, 443/543, GEOS 321, 322, MATH 232.

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Academic Certificates in Life Sciences

Plant Sciences

A student may be awarded a Certificate in Plant Sciences upon successful completion of the Plant Sciences minor program of study listed above.

Wildlife Management

A student may be awarded a Certificate in Wildlife Management upon completion of the Wildlife Management minor program of study listed above.

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