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Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences—Conservation Biology and Ecology

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Conservation Biology and Ecology seeks to educate students in unifying themes in biology, while encouraging them to expand their knowledge in more specialized subject areas. The department offers six undergraduate programs in which a student may specialize: aquaculture, conservation biology and ecology, general biology, marine biology, molecular biology and premedical biology. The curriculum is organized so that in the first two years students learn concepts fundamental to all biological sciences, and in the last two years students follow their own interests in selecting courses that are more specialized.

Conservation biology and ecologyprovides a well-rounded background in the science underlying conservation. Emphasis is placed on ecological principles and student-led experimental design and implementation. Ample opportunity for fieldwork exists locally and via a required summer field course, choosing between programs in the Galapagos Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Peru or the Smoky Mountains. Graduates are fully prepared for conservation-related employment or graduate studies in ecology.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply for admission to study in the department of biological sciences should complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics, including second-year algebra and trigonometry.

Florida Tech has articulation agreements with many of the community colleges in Florida. Students contemplating transfer to Florida Tech should consult with the department to determine transferability of credits. If there is a question regarding specific courses needed, students should contact the associate department head for undergraduate studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Conservation Biology and Ecology must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.

Freshman Year

FALL CREDITS
ASC 1000 University Experience 1
BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1 4
CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 4
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
MTH 1001 Calculus 1 4
  16

 

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2 4
CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2 4
COM 1102 Writing about Literature 3
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
   15

Sophomore Year

FALL CREDITS
BIO 2110 General Genetics 4
CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Lab 1 2
HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
PHY 1001 Physics 1 4
  16

 

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 2081 Biometry 4
CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Lab 2 2
PHY 2002 Physics 2 4
  Humanities Core Course* 3
  16

Junior Year

FALL CREDITS
BIO 3410 General Ecology 4
BIO 3510 Invertebrate Zoology 4
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication 3
  Technical Elective 3
  14

 

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 3701 Evolution 3
BIO 4210 Plant Physiology 4
BIO 4410 Community Ecology (Q) 4
  Humanities Elective 3
  Restricted Electives 3
  17

 

SUMMER CREDITS
BIO xxxx Field Biology Course 3
  3

Senior Year

FALL CREDITS
BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1 4
BIO 4030 Conservation Biology 3
BIO 4517 Introduction to Modeling for Ecology and Biology 4
  Restricted Elective (BIO, CHM, ENS, OCN) 4
  15

 

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 4411 Conservation Genetics 4
  Free Elective 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  Restricted Elective (BIO, CHM, ENS, OCN) 4
  Social Science Elective 3
  17

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 129

*Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern 
HUM 2142 World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial 
HUM 2212  British and American Literature 1 
HUM 2213  British and American Literature 2 
HUM 2331  American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era 
HUM 2332  American History: From Reconstruction to the Present 

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.