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New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog


Associate Professor Ralph Preszler, department head
Associate Professor Angus Dawe, associate department head

Professors Boecklen, Houde, Milligan, Nishiguchi, Serrano, Smith, Unquez; Associate Professors Bailey, Curtiss, Dawe, Hanley, Hansen, Preszler, C. Shuster, M. Shuster, Throop, Wright, Xu; Assistant Professors Castillo, Indriolo, James, Lodato, Lopez, Mabry

phone: (575) 646-3611

website: http://bio.nmsu.edu/

Biology Course Descriptions

A student may earn the Bachelor of Arts in biology or the Bachelor of Science in biology, genetics, microbiology, or conservation ecology through major studies in the Department of Biology. The Bachelor of Science in biology or microbiology is recommended for premedical and predental students, for those preparing to teach biology and other sciences at the secondary and college levels, for those interested in the numerous fields of biological research and applied biology, and for those planning on obtaining an advanced degree in biology.

Freshmen should begin taking required biology and chemistry courses in their first year. Students are required to speak with an advisor in the Biology Success Center (http://bio.nmsu.edu/success) of the Department of Biology as soon as they declare a major within the department. The department welcomes students considering a biology major who wish preliminary advising. More information on the Department of Biology is available on our web site, http://bio.nmsu.edu.

A student must earn a grade of C- or better to receive credit for any nondepartmental or departmental requirement for any major or minor offered by the Department of Biology.

It is strongly recommended that students include a minor or supplementary course work in a specific discipline to enhance their academic experience. See under General Information at the beginning of this catalog for specific requirements for minors, and departments which offer them. Selection of a minor or a supplementary coursework area should be done in consultation with the Biology Success Center.

The department offers a minors in biology, microbiology, human biology, and in conservation ecology. A student may not earn a major and a minor in the same discipline.

A student must fulfill a second language requirement to receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in the Biology and Microbiology majors. This requirement does not apply to the Conservation Ecology major, offered jointly with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, or the Genetics major, offered jointly with the Department of Plant and Environmental Science. To meet the second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

  • Complete two semesters of second language courses numbered 111 and 112 with a grade of C- or better. Spanish speakers should enter and complete 113 with a C- or better to fulfill the requirement.
  • Challenge the 112 level of French, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish, or the 113 level for the Spanish-speaking student.
  • Obtain college certification of completion of two years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level. (i.e. equivalent to French 112, German 112, Spanish 112, etc.)
  • Complete two semesters of American Sign Language, courses C D 374 and C D 375, with a grade of C- or better.
  • Additional mechanisms for fulfilling the language requirement are listed under the College of Arts and Science language requirement.

DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts

DEGREE: Bachelor in Conservation Ecology

DEGREE: Bachelor of Science

DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Genetics