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Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology: Specialization Areas

Five specialization areas are available to students pursuing the B.S. degree in Biological Science. In all cases, prerequisites for any course must be satisfied prior to enrollment in the course. Students must complete the required courses for each specialization area with grades of "C" or better (grades of "C-"or below are not acceptable). Designated elective courses must be completed with grades of "C-" or better.

Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology Specialization Area (40 Hours)
Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Required courses (12 hours)
Biochemistry II BIOL 4432 3 hours
Cellular Physiology BIOL 4437 3 hours
Developmental Biology BIOL 4438 3 hours
Molecular Biology BIOL 4531 3 hours
 
Choose one of the following courses (3 hours)
Human Physiology BIOL 4435
Comparative Animal Physiology BIOL 4434
Plant Physiology BIOL 4433
 
Choose one of the following courses with lab (4 hours)
Human Anatomy and Lab BIOL 3733 and BIOL 3713
Comparative Animal Morphology and Lab BIOL 3031 and BIOL 3011
Plant Anatomy and Lab BIOL 3133 and BIOL 3113
 
Choose from the following designated elective courses or other courses from list above (21 hours)
Histology BIOL 4332
Pathophysiology BIOL 4436
Molecular Biology Lab BIOL 4522
Lab for Biotechnology BIOL 4523
Eukaryotic Gene Expression Lab BIOL 4524
Tissue Culture BIOL 4535
Immunology BIOL 4631
Cancer Biology BIOL 4731
Topics Courses BIOL 4931
Approved Elective BIOL xx3x
Approved Elective Elective xx3x
Independent Study in Biology BIOL 4819, BIOL 4829, BIOL 4839


Physiology/Pre-Health Specialization Area (40 Hours)
Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Required courses (20 hours)
Biochemistry II BIOL 4432 3 hours
Human Physiology and Lab BIOL 4435 and BIOL 4421 5 hours
Human Anatomy and Lab BIOL 3733 and BIOL 3713 4 hours
Fundamentals of Microbiology and Lab BIOL 3231 and BIOL 3221 5 hours
Immunology BIOL 4631 3 hours
 
Choose one of the following courses (3 hours)
Cellular Physiology BIOL 4437
Pathophysiology BIOL 4436
Molecular Biology BIOL 4531
 
Choose from the following designated elective courses or other courses from list above (17 hours)
Epidemiology BIOL 3335
Environmental Toxicology BIOL 4235
Histology BIOL 4332
Developmental Biology BIOL 4438
Lab for Biotechnology BIOL 4523
Cancer Biology BIOL 4731
Selected Topics in the Biological Sciences BIOL 4931
Independent Study BIOL 4819, BIOL 4829, BIOL 4839
Food Chemistry and Human Nutrition CHEM 4639
Approved Elective BIOL xx3x
Approved Elective HLTH xx3x
Biology Lab Course BIOL xx2x
Approved Elective Elective xx3x


Pre-Health Professions Students
Pre-Health professions students (e.g., medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy or nursing) are advised that most health professional schools require the following courses; however, students are responsible for determining the specific requirements of those medical schools selected for application:
General Chemistry One year with laboratory
Organic Chemistry One year with laboratory
General Physics One year with laboratory
Calculus One-half year
Biology Two years, one with laboratory

Requests for letters of recommendation from the Pre-Health Profession Evaluation Committee must be in the Premedical Adviser's office no later than the third Monday in September. UHCL Pre-health Advisory Committee Webpage:  http://www.uhcl.edu/sce/HPAC.



Ecology/Microbiology/Aquatic and Marine Biology Specialization Area (40 Hours)
Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Required courses (18 hours)
Physiology BIOL 4434 or BIOL 4433 3 hours
Anatomy and Lab BIOL 3031 and BIOL3011 or
BIOL 3133
and BIOL 3113
4 hours
Microbiology and Lab BIOL 3231 and BIOL 3221 5 hours
Environmental Biology BIOL 3333 3 hours
Field Biology BIOL 4233 3 hours
 
Choose two of the following courses: (6-7 hours)
Marine Biology BIOL 3131
Environmental Toxicology BIOL 4235
Biology of Fishes and Lab BIOL 4133 and BIOL 4113
Environmental Microbiology BIOL 4334
Plant Development BIOL 4439
 
Choose from the following designated elective courses or other courses from list above (15-16 hours)
Epidemiology BIOL 3335
Ecology of the Amazon BIOL 4035
Plant Identification BIOL 4237
Cellular Physiology BIOL 4437
Lab for Biotechnology BIOL 4523
Immunology BIOL 4631
Independent Study BIOL 4819, BIOL 4829, BIOL 4939
Selected Topics in the Biological Sciences BIOL 4931
Approved Elective BIOL xx3x
Biology Lab Course BIOL xx2x
 
Plant Biology Specialization Area (40 Hours)
Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Required courses (16 hours)
Plant Anatomy and Laboratory for Plant Anatomy BIOL 3133 and BIOL 3113 4 hours
Plant Physiology BIOL 4433 3 hours
Biochemistry II BIOL 4432 3 hours
Cellular Physiology BIOL 4437 3 hours
Plant Development BIOL 4439 3 hours
 
Choose one of the following courses: (3 hours)
Molecular Biology BIOL 4531
Plant Identification BIOL 4237
Environmental Biology BIOL 3333
 
Choose from the following designated elective courses or other courses from list above (21 hours)
Laboratory for Eukaryotic Gene Expression BIOL 4524
Plant Development BIOL 4439
Molecular Biology Laboratory BIOL 4522
Ecology of the Amazon BIOL 4035
Biology Practicum BIOL 4135
Independent Study BIOL 4819, BIOL 4829, BIOL 4839
Research Topics Courses in Biology BIOL 4931
Approved Elective BIOL xx3x
 
Forensic Biology Specialization Area (40 Hours)
Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Required courses (30 hours)
Microbiology and Lab BIOL 3231 and BIOL 3221 5 hours
Human Anatomy and Lab BIOL 3733 and BIOL 3713 4 hours
Environmental Toxicology BIOL 4235 3 hours
Biochemistry II
BIOL 4432 3 hours
Animal or Human Physiology BIOL 4434 or BIOL 4435 3 hours
Forensic Biology BIOL 4335 3 hours
Forensic Chemistry CHEM 4633 3 hours
Quantitative Analysis CHEM 4733 3 hours
Criminal Investigation CRIM 4330 3 hours
Forensics Seminar (replaces BIOL 4728 from Biology core course list) BIOL 4x2x 2 hours
 
Choose two of the following Designated Elective courses: (10 hours)
Biology Practicum BIOL 4135
Cellular Physiology BIOL 4437
Independent Study BIOL 4819, BIOL 4829, BIOL 4839
Selected Topics in the Biological Sciences BIOL 4931
Analytical Chemistry I CHEM 4635
Instrumental Analysis CHEM 4637
Criminal Investigation CRIM 4330
Criminal Law CRIM 4334/SOCI 4334
Mock Trial LEGL 4635
Approved Elective BIOL xx3x
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