College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Biology, Bachelor of Science

4YR Progression Plan-Classic

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff
  • Yuma

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. BIO181 Unity Of Life I: Cell Life 3
Description: Introductory course for biology majors. Emphasizes the unifying molecular and cellular principles of all life on earth. 3 hrs. lecture. Letter grade only.. Course fee required. Prerequisites: high school algebra, biology, and chemistry.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. BIO181L Unity Of Life I Lab 1
Description: Introduces experimental techniques in cellular and molecular biological sciences. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIO 181 or BIO 181H
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. CHM151 General Chemistry I 4 CHM151 Notes
Description: Fundamental chemistry principles presented at a level appropriate for preprofessional, science, and engineering majors, including students proceeding to CHM 235 and 238. Prerequisites: high school chemistry or CHM 100 plus intermediate algebra; recommended: CHM 151L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 108 or MAT 114 w/ a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS 50+)
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
4. CHM151L General Chemistry I Lab 1 CHM151L Notes
Description: Introduces important lab practices, stoichiometry, and the analysis of chemical unknowns. 2 hrs. lab including lecture time when appropriate. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Pre- or Corequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
5. MAT125 Precalculus Mathematics 4 MAT125 Notes
Description: Concept of function; graphs; absolute value, linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, systems of equations, analytic geometry. Please note that if you have credit in the previous courses MAT 112, MAT 120 or MAT 135, you may not receive credit for MAT 125. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 108 or MAT 110 with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 50+; MATHC 50+; PLACE 55+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
6. NAU100 Transition To College 1
Description: Interactive course designed to facilitate student success through exploration of academic, navigation, and life skills, familiarize students with campus resources and services, and assist students in forming a support network. Letter grade only.
7. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. BIO182 Unity/Life II: Multicellular 3
Description: Introductory course for biology majors. Emphasizes the unifying organismal principles of life on earth. 3 hrs. lecture. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: BIO 181 Corequisite: BIO 182L
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. BIO182L Bio 182 Lab 1
Description: Hands on experience with concepts introduced in BIO 182. Letter grade only.
Corequisite: BIO 182 or 182H
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. CHM152 General Chemistry II 3 CHM152 Notes
Description: Continuation of CHM 151. Recommended: CHM 152L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
4. CHM152L General Chemistry II Lab 1 CHM152L Notes
Description: Lab introduction to analytical chemistry, thermochemistry, pH and buffers, chemical kinetics, and spectrophotometry. 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151L and (CHM 130 or CHM 151) and Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHM 152
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
5. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
6. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: * Major electives include at least 23 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
STA270 Applied Statistics 3 STA270 Notes
Description: Graphical and quantitative description of data; binomial, normal, and t distributions; one- and two-sample hypothesis tests and confidence intervals; simple linear regression and correlation. Credit cannot be earned in both STA 270 and STA 275. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: NOT for Mathematics majors. (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X or MAT 108 or MAT 114 or higher w/ grade of C or better or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 40+; MATHC 40+; PLACE 46+)).
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
-Option B-
PSY230 Intro Statistics In Psychology 4 PSY230 Notes
Description: Basic concepts of statistical analysis and design in psychological research. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((PSY 101 or 101H), Math Foundation Requirement, Liberal Studies Applied and Lab Science Requirement (all with grades of C or better)) or International Exchange Student Group
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
3. CHM235 General Organic Chemistry I 4 CHM235 Notes
Description: Rigorous introduction to the study of carbon-containing compounds; with an emphasis on structure determination, synthesis, and reaction mechanisms. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 152 or CHM 152H
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
4. CHM235L Gen Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 CHM235L Notes
Description: Introduces chemical synthesis and structure determination. 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 152L and Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHM 235
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
5. DIVELECTIVE Diversity Elective 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: * Major electives include at least 23 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: * Major electives include at least 23 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
BIO205 Microbiology 3
Description: Fundamental microbiology emphasizing structure and function of organisms, aspects of microbial diversity, pathogenic microorganisms, disease mechanisms and immune response. For students majoring in microbiology and those in the health professions. Recommended: CHM 130 or CHM 151. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (BIO 181 or BIO 181H) Corequisite: BIO 205L
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
BIO205L Microbiology Lab 1
Description: Examines the function of organisms, aspects of microbial diversity, pathogenic microorganisms, disease mechanisms and immune response. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (BIO 181 or BIO 181H) and Pre- or Corequisite: BIO 205
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
BIO305W Writing In Biology 1
Description: Writing component for BIO 205L and BIO 326L. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (BIO 181 or 181H) and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)) Corequisite: (BIO 205 and 205L) or BIO 326L
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
-Option B-
BIO326 Ecology 3
Description: Introduces ecological principles, including the distribution and abundance of organisms, population dynamics, community organization, energy flow, and nutrient cycling. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: BIO 181 and BIO 182
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
BIO326L Ecology Lab 1
Description: Experimental analysis of plant and animal interactions within ecosystems, including community dynamics, ecological processes, and biotic inventories. Letter grade only. Course fee required. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIO 326
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. CHM360 Fundamental Biochemistry 3 CHM360 Notes
Description: Principles of biochemistry emphasizing biologically important compounds and their functions and metabolism in living cells. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: BIO 181, 181L and (CHM 230 or CHM 235)
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
3. PHY111 General Physics I 4 PHY111 Notes
Description: First course in the two-semester, algebra-based, introductory physics sequence. Classical mechanics, heat, and sound. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: MAT 125 or MAT 125H or higher
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: * Major electives include at least 23 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: * Major electives include at least 23 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
3. PHY112 General Physics II 4 PHY112 Notes
Description: Second course in the two-semester, algebra-based, introductory physics sequence. Electricity, magnetism, and optics. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: PHY 111
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: **Major requirements include 24-36 units of science & mathematics coursework. The recommended courses are listed in the progression plan. See catalog for a complete list of approved courses.
4. DIVELECTIVE Diversity Elective 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CAPSTONECOURSE Capstone Course 3 CAPSTONECOURSE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: **** Complete 3-4 units of BIO 401C, BIO 425C & 4225L, BIO 426C & 426L, BIO 435C, BIO 444C, BIO 482C or BIO 488C
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: * Major electives include at least 23 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
3. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: * Major electives include at least 23 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
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Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: * Major electives include at least 23 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
2. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
3. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 4 GECOURSE Notes
Notes: General electives are needed to reach the 120 unit total. You may need more or less than 4 depending on previously courses taken.

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 125 (4)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) CHM 151 (4), CHM 151L (1), CHM 152 (3)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) PHY 111 (4)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

A minimum of 120 units are required for this degree.

Recitations are available and strongly encouraged for BIO 181, BIO 182, CHM 151, CHM 152, CHM 235, PHY 111, PHY 112, PHY 161 & PHY 262; however they are not required.

It is required to complete at least 40 units of biology and biology related courses with a grade of C or better.

*Major requirements include at least 23 units of electives chosen from:

  • any BIO course, except BIO 100/100L and  BIO 310 and any BIO recitation course
  • up to 3 units of BIO 300
  • up to 6 units from BIO 408, 485, 497, and 498
  • up to 6 units from
    • ANT 270, 271, 370, 379, 553, and 554
    • CHM 238L, 320, 320L, 329L, 360L, 440, 461, 462C and 560
    • CS 486C
    • ENV 280, 440, and 440L
    • FOR 212, 213, 222, 240, 250, 255, 270, 340, 381, 382, 445, 452, 453, 454 and 504
    • GSP 250 and 457
    • GLG 101, 107, 201, 225, 304, 530, and 536
    • NTS 256
    • PHI 332
    • PRM 300
    • PSY 320, 350, 355, 370, 420, 432 and 670
    • STA 471 and 472
**Major requirements include 24-36 units of science courses chosen from the following.  The recommended courses are listed on the progression plan and in bold below.  Discuss options with an advisor. If you are not prepared to take Pre-calculus (MAT 125), MAT 108 must be taken in preparation.  However, MAT 108 is not a requirement for this degree and will satisfy general electives.
  • CHM 151, 151L, 152, 152L
  • CHM 230 and 230L OR CHM 235, 235L
  • CHM 360 OR CHM 461
  • MAT 125 plus STA 270 or PSY 230 OR MAT 136 only
  • PHY 111, and 112, OR PHY 161, 262, and 262L  (If you choose PHY 161 and 262, PHY 263 is recommended.)
    Once the science courses are fulfilled, you can take general electives to satisfy the units

    *** Junior level writing course can be satisfied with one of the following:
  • BIO 205/205L and 305W or BIO 326 and 326LW

**** Capstone courses include 3- 4 units from the following:
  • BIO 401C, BIO 425C &  425L, BIO 426C & 426L, BIO 435C, BIO 444C, BIO 482C or  BIO 488C
CONTACT INFORMATION
 
Biology Advisement Center
Building 21, Room 259
Phone: 928-523-9304
http://cefns.nau.edu/Academic/Biology/
Teresa.Lane@nau.edu

Debbie Wildermuth
Academic Services Coordinator
College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences
Building 21, Room 132
Phone: 928-523-3842
EMAIL: cefnsacademic@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.

Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.