Biology Comprehensive Major, B.S.

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.

Botany Emphasis

Course Title Credits
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
The Land Ethic
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 I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
Energy, Environment, and Society
Woody Landscape Plants
Herbaceous Plants
Planet Earth
Global Landforms
Geographic Information Systems
Weather and Climate
Environmental Conservation
Biogeography
Global Environmental Change
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.

Course Title Credits
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

Course Title Credits
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 I Lab 3
Organic Chemistry I 3
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
Current Topics in Reclamation and Restoration
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

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

Health Sciences Emphasis

This emphasis is intended for students pursuing graduate school (human anatomy or human physiology) or professional school in healthcare (chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, etc.).

Course Title Credits
Biology Core32
Health Sciences Emphasis Core Courses (19 credits)
BIOLOGY 2040Cell Biology4
BIOLOGY 2140Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
BIOLOGY 2240Human Anatomy and Physiology II5
BIOLOGY 3240Microbiology5
Health Sciences Additional Required Supporting Courses8-11
Choose all of the courses in one of the options:
Option A
Organic Chemistry I Lab
Organic Chemistry I
General Biochemistry Lab
General Biochemistry
Option B
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Option C
General Physics I
General Physics II
Option D
General Psychology
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Option E
Physiology of Exercise
Biomechanical Kinesiology
Human Nutrition
Electives to Complete the Emphasis3-6
Students may select any biology course above the 2000 level (except BIOLOGY 2340 or BIOLOGY 4010).
Relevant suggested classes:
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Biotechnology
Immunology
Molecular Biology
Advanced Physiology
Mammalian Histology
Human Gross Anatomy
Total Credits65

Recommended Minors

  • Applied Statistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Foreign Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  •  
  • Students planning to pursue graduate or professional school may need to complete additional coursework beyond the requirements of the major to make their application competitive.  It is well worth the time and effort to investigate the prerequisites at 2 or 3 schools you are considering.  Additionally, be aware that graduate and professional schools often have G.P.A. requirements and expectations that you gain educational experiences beyond the classroom.  Your advisor will be able to help you as you plan your future.  

Molecular/Genetics Emphasis

Course Title Credits
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 I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEMSTRY 4630
CHEMSTRY 4610
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
4
Electives
Electives to complete the emphasis 13
Total Credits34

Recommended Minors

  • 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.

Course Title Credits
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

Course Title Credits
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
Topics in Animal Health & Welfare
Animal Nutrition
Biotechnology in Animal Science
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals
Companion Animal Care and Management
Planet Earth
Global Landforms
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Biogeography
Total Credits33

Recommended Minors

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  •