Terrance L. Johnson, Ph.D., Department Chair\
110 McCord Hall
Faculty: M. Asson-Batres. C. Caudle, A. Ejiofor, H. Fentress, P. Ganter, C. Gardner-Jones, L. Harlston, D. Hui, A. Isa, M. Ivy, G. Komives, E. Martin, B. McAdory, E. Myles, Q. Quick, J. Robinson, V. Tiriveedhi, B. Washington, X. Wang, A. Young-Seigler
General Statement: The curriculum of the Department of Biological Sciences is designed to fulfill the pre-professional requirements of degrees leading to careers in medical, dental, environmental, marine, and biological sciences. Training in biology prepares students for careers in teaching, government, and private industry. State and federal agencies in agriculture, health, human services, environmental protection, and similar areas seek out students with good backgrounds in biology. New areas of biotechnology and genetic engineering have been added to opportunities in more traditional fields of research in marine biology, limnology, pharmacy, medicine, pathology, forestry, and horticulture. The degree programs in biology can provide a liberal education directed toward an appreciation of the complexity, diversity and beauty of nature.
The Department also offers the M.S. degree in Biology and the Ph.D. degree in Biological Science. For information about these programs, see the Graduate Catalog.
For Admission into the upper division of programs of the Biology major, students must complete all of the requirements listed above under General Education Core and the Major Core. In addition they must earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on college-level coursework.
The undergraduate curricula for majors results in the Bachelor of Science degree. Students may select one of three curricula under the guidance of a major advisor. The programs are:1)General Biology, which is recommended for pre-professional students; 2) Cellular and Molecular Biology, which is recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate training and/or careers in these fields; and 3)Teacher Certification in Biological Sciences, which leads to endorsement in biology and general science for teaching grades 7 - 12. No grade of less than “C” in any Biology course will be accepted as credit toward meeting Departmental requirements.
The Teacher Education Program is designed for students pursuing a teaching career in secondary education with a major in Biology. The program goals are directed toward the application of biology to the development of competencies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, mathematics, reasoning, studying, and computer competency. The overall curriculum provides for the improvement of knowledge and skills in English, the arts, mathematics, natural sciences, and social studies. A total of 124 semester hours is required in the teacher preparation program including student teaching and the accompanying seminar. Enhanced student teaching requires an eight-week placement in secondary school and a seven-week placement in middle school. A foreign language is not a requirement for the teacher education curriculum.
Students seeking teacher certification in Biology must be officially admitted to the certification program by applying through the College of Education, usually in the sophomore year. Admission to this program requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and a passing score on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or the Computer-Based Academic Skills Assessment Test (CBT). Students who have previously earned a 21 on the ACT, 22 on the Enhanced ACT, or a combined 990 on the verbal and mathematics portions of the SAT are exempt from the PPST and the CBT. To be eligible for upper-level certification courses, a student must be officially admitted to the Teacher Education Program. For a complete list of admission and retention requirements in the Program, see the College of Education section, Teacher education Admission and Requirements.
A major in Biology with emphasis in General Biology or Cellular and Molecular Biology requires 122 semester hours, of which 33 must be in biological course work. Seniors who have demonstrated high achievements in their major courses are encouraged to take Biology 4190, an honors research course. This course offers an opportunity to gain experience in research under the direction of the Departmental faculty.
An undergraduate minor in the Department consists of a minimum of 24 semester hours, 16 of which should be taken in sequence in BIOL 1110, 1111 ; BIOL 1120, 1121 ; BIOL 2110, 2111 , and BIOL 2120, 2121 . General Chemistry CHEM 1110, 1111 and CHEM 1120, 1121 , with laboratories, are required as a supporting related course and must precede BIOL 2110, 2111 . The remaining eight hours of the minor must be on the 3000 or 4000 level and may be elected in the minor area desired by the student.
Accreditation: The teacher certification program in Biology is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. In addition, the teacher education program is accredited by the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- BIOL 1010, 1011 - Introductory Biology I and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 1012, 1013 - Honors Introductory Biology I and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 1020, 1021 - Introductory Biology II and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 1022, 1023 - Honors Introductory Biology II and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 1110, 1111 - General Biology I and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 1112, 1113 - Honors General Biology I and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 1120, 1121 - General Biology II and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 1122, 1123 - Honors General Biology II and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 2110, 2111 - Cell Biology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 2120, 2121 - Principles of Genetics and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 2210, 2211 - Human Anatomy and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 2220, 2221 - Human Physiology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 2400, 2401 - Principles of Microbiology (4)
- BIOL 3010, 3011 - Earth and Space Science and Laboratory (3)
- BIOL 3110 - Biometrics (3)
- BIOL 3200, 3201 - Comparative Physiology (4)
- BIOL 3210, 3211 - Mammalian Physiology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 3240, 3241 - Comparative Anatomy and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 3300, 3301 - Plant Morphology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 3320, 3321 - General Botany and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 3400, 3401 - Introduction to Microbial Physiology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 3410, 3411 - Principles of General Bacteriology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 3710 - Methods of Teaching Biology (3)
- BIOL 3920 - Scientific Communication (4)
- BIOL 4100 - Special Topics (3)
- BIOL 4110, 4111 - Molecular Genetics and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4112, 4113 - Bioinformatics (4)
- BIOL 4120, 4121 - Principles of Ecology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4130 - Contemporary Problems in Ecology I (3)
- BIOL 4140 - Contemporary Problems in Ecology II (3)
- BIOL 4150, 4151 - Microtechnique and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4160 - Evolution (3)
- BIOL 4170 - Senior Seminar (1)
- BIOL 4180 - Senior Seminar (1)
- BIOL 4190 - Junior Honors Research (3)
- BIOL 4200, 4201 - Invertebrate Zoology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4210, 4211 - Embryology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4220, 4221 - Endocrinology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4230, 4231 - Histology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4240, 4241 - Introduction to Parasitology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4260, 4261 - Field Zoology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4270, 4271 - Physiology and Pathophysiology I and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4272, 4273 - Physiology and Pathophysiology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4280, 4281 - Physiology and Pathophysiology II and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4300, 4301 - Introduction to Plant Physiology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4320, 4321 - Field Botany and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4400, 4401 - Pathogenic Microorganisms and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4410, 4411 - Immunology and Serology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4420, 4421 - Virology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4724 - Student Teaching (9)
- BIOL 4900, 4901 - Cell Physiology and Laboratory (4)
- BIOL 4911 - Modern Scientific Methods (3)
- BIOL 4920 - Honors Undergraduate Research (4)
- BIOL 4930 - Current Biomedical Topics (0)
- BIOL 4940 - MARC Seminar Series (1-1&2)
- BIOL 4950 - MARC Seminar Series (1-1&2)