(minimum 60 credits including non-biology requirements)

Students with the biology comprehensive major will take the core requirements (32 credits) and one of the following emphases related to the student’s field of interest.

Biohealth/Physiology Emphasis

Biohealth Emphasis Core Courses
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
BIOLOGY 3240Microbiology5
Select one of the following options:9-24
Option A:
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Two Advanced Biohealth Electives
Option B:
Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
Three Advanced Biohealth Electives
Additional Required Supporting Courses
CHEMSTRY 3540
CHEMSTRY 3510
Organic Chemistry Lecture
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEMSTRY 4630/4610General Biochemistry3
Electives to Complete the Emphasis
Students may select any biology course above the 2000 level (except BIOLOGY 4010)3-4
Total Credits29-45

Advanced Biohealth Electives

BIOLOGY 3040Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates5
BIOLOGY 3120Animal Tissue Culture2
BIOLOGY 3530Biotechnology3
BIOLOGY 3620Immunology2
BIOLOGY 4040Molecular Biology5
BIOLOGY 4130Mammalian Endocrinology3
BIOLOGY 4240Advanced Physiology5
BIOLOGY 4340Mammalian Histology4
BIOLOGY 4440Human Gross Anatomy4
BIOLOGY 4520Biotechnology Seminar2

Recommended Minors

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology

Botany Emphasis

Additional Requirement
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
or BIOLOGY 3240 Microbiology
Advanced Plant-Based Courses
Select a minimum of 14 credits of the following:14
Plants and Society
Fungi, Algae and Bryophytes
Morphology and Evolution of Vascular Plants
Plant Communities of Wisconsin
Forensic Botany
Plant Pathology
Independent Research in Biology
Global Vegetation
Plant Development and Biotechnology
Plant Breeding
Plant Physiology
Approved field station course(s)
Broad-Based Biology Course(s)
Select a minimum of 3 credits of the following:3
Cell Biology
Microbiology
Ecological Methods and Research
Biotechnology
Freshwater Biology
Topics in Biology (advisor approval required)
Biotechnology Seminar
Selected Regional Habitats
Approved field station course
Supporting Courses
Select a minimum of 8 credits of the following:8
Organic Chemistry Lecture
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
Energy, Environment, and Society
Woody Landscape Plants
Herbaceous Plants
Planet Earth
Global Landforms
Weather and Climate
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Conservation
Biogeography
Environmental History
Physical Geology
Historical Geology
Soils
Weed Science
Soil and Water Conservation
Total Credits29

Recommended Minors

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Renewable Energy

Cytotechnology Emphasis

A minimum of 82 semester credits must be completed at UW-Platteville, including all general education competencies and liberal arts areas as well as all biology requirements listed below; if accepted into an approved cytotechnology program, students will earn their final 38 credits of advanced biology from that professional cytotechnology school. At the end of the fourth year of study, students will earn a bachelor’s from UW-Platteville as well as a certificate in cytotechnology from the professional cytotechnology school. If a student is not accepted into an approved program, then he/she is encouraged to complete the final year at UW-Platteville to earn a bachelor’s in biology; to graduate, the student must fulfill the minimum requirements for the university and the biology program (either a non-emphasis biology degree, or another emphasis within the comprehensive major).

Core Requirements

Students must complete at least 20 credits of undergraduate biology courses, including the required biology core courses, as well as the required supporting core courses (11 credits). Students in this emphasis DO NOT have to take the one-credit capstone experience.

Recommended Cytotechnology Emphasis Core
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
BIOLOGY 3240Microbiology5
BIOLOGY 2140Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
or BIOLOGY 2340 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
BIOLOGY 4340Mammalian Histology4
Total Credits17

Ecology Emphasis

Additional Biology Courses
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
or BIOLOGY 3240 Microbiology
Advanced Ecology Courses
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Ecological Methods and Research
Plant Communities of Wisconsin
Freshwater Biology
Selected Regional Habitats
Biogeography
Advanced Organismal, Identification, or Research Courses
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Fungi, Algae and Bryophytes
Invertebrate Zoology
Ornithology
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Mammalogy
Microbiology
Morphology and Evolution of Vascular Plants
Forensic Botany
Plant Pathology
Topics in Biology
Biology Internship Experience 1
Independent Research in Biology 1
BIOLOGY 3###
Ichthyology 2
BIOLOGY 3###
Herpetology 2
Non-Biology Supporting Courses
Select a minimum of 9 credits of the following:9
Environmental Chemistry Lab 3
Environmental Chemistry 3
Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3
Organic Chemistry Lecture 3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information System 4
Current Topics in Reclamation
Geographic Information Systems 4
Principles of Physics 3
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II 3
Physical Geology
Global Landforms
Weather and Climate
Environmental Conservation
Reclamation Revegetation
Total Credits28
1

No more than four credits of any combination of these courses can be applied to the required 12 credits.

2

Course may not be offered at UW-Platteville.

3

Students who expect to enter graduate or professional school should consider taking these courses.

4

This option requires instructor consent for both courses.

NOTE: Any of the courses above may also be taken at an accredited field station with departmental approval.

Recommended Minors

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology

Molecular/Genetics Emphasis

Molecular/Genetics Core Courses
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
BIOLOGY 3240Microbiology5
BIOLOGY 4040Molecular Biology5
Advanced Molecular/Genetics Courses
Select 8 credits of the following:8
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Animal Tissue Culture
Biotechnology
Immunology
Mammalian Endocrinology
Forensic Botany
Advanced Physiology
Mammalian Histology
Plant Pathology
Biotechnology Seminar
Plant Development and Biotechnology
Plant Breeding
Plant Physiology
Additional Required Supporting Courses
CHEMSTRY 3540
CHEMSTRY 3510
Organic Chemistry Lecture
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEMSTRY 4630
CHEMSTRY 4610
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
4
Electives
Electives to complete the emphasis 13
Total Credits34
1

Students may select any biology course above the 2000 level (except BIOLOGY 4010).

Recommended Minors

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Criminal Justice

Secondary Education Emphasis

Note: Biology-secondary education majors must earn a minimum G.P.A. of 2.75 in the major coursework.

Secondary Education Emphasis Core Courses
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
BIOLOGY 3240Microbiology5
BIOLOGY 2340Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology4
or BIOLOGY 2140/2240 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Advanced Plant Course
Select a minimum of 3 credits of the following:3
Plants and Society
Fungi, Algae and Bryophytes
Morphology and Evolution of Vascular Plants
Plant Communities of Wisconsin
Woody Landscape Plants
Herbaceous Plants
Plant Physiology
An approved course at a field station
Advanced Animal Course
Select a minimum of 3 credits of the following:3
Invertebrate Zoology
Ornithology
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Mammalogy
Mammalian Endocrinology
Advanced Physiology
Mammalian Histology
An approved course at a field station
Advanced Broad-Based Biology Course
Select a minimum of 2 credits of the following:2
Ecological Methods and Research
Biotechnology
Freshwater Biology
Molecular Biology
Topics in Biology (approval required)
Selected Regional Habitats
Independent Research in Biology (approval required)
Additional Licensable Program (required)
Total Credits21

Biology-secondary education majors are required to earn an additional licensable degree. Although students are free to select any licensable major or minor offered at UW-Platteville, the biology department encourages students to pursue a science-related program to improve marketability. To this end, students may choose to minor in physics, chemistry or environmental science or double major in chemistry or broad field science.

Zoology Emphasis

Additional Requirements
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
or BIOLOGY 3240 Microbiology
Anatomy and Physiology Courses
Select one of the following:8
Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
and Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Zoology Electives
Select a minimum of 9 credits of the following:9
Invertebrate Zoology
Ornithology
Animal Tissue Culture
Immunology
Mammalogy
Mammalian Endocrinology
Mammalian Histology
BIOLOGY ####
Herpetology 1
BIOLOGY ####
Ichthyology 1
Approved field station course(s)
Additional Required Supporting Courses
Select a minimum of 12 credits of the following:12
Topics in Biology 2
Biology Internship Experience 2
Selected Regional Habitats 2
Independent Research in Biology 2
Introduction to Animal Science
Companion Animal Care and Management
Animal Nutrition
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
Biotechnology in Animal Science
Topics in Animal Health
Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals
Planet Earth
Global Landforms
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information System
Biogeography
Total Credits33
1

Not currently offered on campus - may be taken from an accredited field station or other accredited program

2

No more than 6 credits of any combination of these courses can be applied to the required 12 credits.

Recommended Minors

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science