Department of Biology
This pane clears float!
The UW-Platteville Biology Program provides biology students a fundamental knowledge of biology along with introducing students to the major areas in biology, and providing opportunities to explore these areas. In this endeavor, the program provides students the ability to critically apply biological concepts to the understanding of natural phenomena and to deal with biologyrelated health, societal and conservation issues. In addition, the UW-Platteville Biology Program prepares students for: advanced study and research in the biological and related sciences, healthcare professional programs, veterinary professional programs, careers in education and biology-related industry and governmental service. The biology program also provides courses for general education in the natural sciences to introduce students to science, biology, biological concepts and how these affect society. Finally, the biology program provides courses to support other university programs such as agriculture, education, physical education, chemistry, criminal justice and engineering.
- Our world is filled with a dazzling array of life; these seemingly unique and different organisms have shared features due to their common origin. Our biology majors will demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics that unify all living organisms, the forces that shape their diversity, and the structures and functions inherent to different living organisms.
- Because science is a process used to explore and understand the world around us, our biology majors will observe, question, hypothesize, test, analyze and develop conclusions about natural phenomena.
- Life is complex; understanding this complexity requires interdisciplinary training. As they investigate the natural world, our biology majors will appropriately integrate knowledge and skills from chemistry, mathematics, and other liberal arts and sciences.
- Although some contributions to science are achieved by individual effort alone, others are accomplished when people with diverse perspectives and skills work together. Our biology majors will engage in scientific inquiry both as individuals and as effective team members.
- Without communication, science has no impact. Our biology majors will use a variety of oral and written means to convey information to a wide range of audiences.
- The advancement of scientific knowledge happens within a societal context. Our biology majors will evaluate interactions between science and society and the ethical issues surrounding those interactions.
The members of our department feel that correct attitudes, as with any endeavor, provide an important complement to a sound knowledgebase and skill-set. As a department, we hope to instill in our students a set of attitudes that we feel are important for all biologists. We will do our best to model the following: enthusiasm for the science of biology and an appreciation for the multitude of ways that biology permeates our society; a strong curiosity for the world about us; a respect for the instruments and objects of our research; integrity, because without integrity, there is no trust of the individual and, taken to its natural ends, no trust in the field of biology and the process of science.
Eligibility for the Biology Comprehensive Major
Any student (new college student, external or internal transfer student) may declare a Biology Major (Non-emphasis) upon entering the program. Students may select an emphasis and pursue a Biology Comprehensive Major only after earning a C- or better in the following foundational courses (or their equivalents): BIOLOGY 1020, BIOLOGY 1650, and BIOLOGY 1750. Students who have specific biology interests, plan on a particular biology career, or those who plan to enter a graduate or professional school generally pursue the Biology Comprehensive Major with an area emphasis, thereby focusing their educational experiences. Students who seek a wider range of biology experiences than defined by an emphasis area may elect to not choose an emphasis area, and instead create their own set of electives that better align with their current or future interests.
Eligibility for select Pre-Professional Programs
Enrollment in the pre-Nursing option is open to any entering student (or internal transfer student). To declare any other option, a student must be eligible for pursuing the Biology Comprehensive Major and must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. If a student’s overall GPA drops below a 3.0, he or she will automatically be removed from the Pre-Professional Program; if this occurs, a student may appeal one time to the department for reenrollment in the Pre- Professional Program.
Program Grade Requirements
A grade of C- or higher is required in all biology courses counted toward a major in biology. Also, a grade of C- or higher is required in ENGLISH 1130, ENGLISH 1230, CHEMSTRY 1140, CHEMSTRY 1240 and MATH 1830.
In order to maintain enrollment in any biology course with identified prerequisite requirements, a student must successfully complete the required prerequisite(s). Students that register for a biology course that includes prerequisite requirements will be automatically un-enrolled in the course if they do not successfully complete the prerequisites.
ALL biology majors must complete core courses in the following three areas (31 credits):
Required Biology Core Courses (19 credits)
- BIOLOGY 1020 - BioQuest: Foundations for College Success - 1 cr
- BIOLOGY 1650 - Unity of Life - 5 cr
- BIOLOGY 1750 - Diversity of Life - 5 cr
- BIOLOGY 2420 - FBI: Fundamentals of Biological Investigations - 2 cr
- BIOLOGY 3330 - Genetics - 3 cr
- BIOLOGY 3450 - Ecology and Evolution - 3 cr
Required Biology Capstone Experience
choose one of the following (1 credit):
BIOLOGY 4970 - Senior Thesis - 1 cr
BIOLOGY 4990 - From Atoms to Ecosystems: The Study of Life - 1 cr
Required Supporting Courses (11 credits)
- CHEMSTRY 1140 - General Chemistry I - 4 cr
- CHEMSTRY 1240 - General Chemistry II - 4 cr
- MATH 1830 - Elementary Statistics - 3 cr
Students who expect to enter graduate or professional school should consider taking the following courses, beyond the requirements for the major that meet the needs of their respective interest areas:
- MATH 2640 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I - 4 cr
- CHEMSTRY 3540/3510 - Organic Chemistry I and Lab - 5 cr
- CHEMSTRY 3630/3610 - Organic Chemistry II and Lab - 4 cr
- CHEMSTRY 4630/4610 - General Biochemistry and Lab - 5 cr
- PHYSICS 1050 - Principles of Physics - 5 cr
- PHYSICS 1350 - Introductory Physics I - 5 cr
- PHYSICS 1450 - Introductory Physics II - 5 cr
- PSYCHLGY 1130 - General Psychology - 3 cr
- SOCIOLGY 1130 - Principles of Sociology - 3 cr
- PHLSPHY (courses in philosophy)
This pane clears float!
Gloria J. Stuckey