Natural History and Conservation, Emphasis

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking Course3
Critical Thinking Course
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103Fund Speech-Communication3
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 14
MTH 140Applied Calculus3
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
BSC 491 Bison image Capstone Experience 22
Major-Specific
BSC 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 14
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I2
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II2
CHM 355 Cap graduation image Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356 Cap graduation image Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
BSC 491 Bison image Capstone Experience (C) 22
Area of Emphasis-Specific
BSC 320Principles of Ecology4
Selec two of the following:6-8
Principles of Microbiology
Principles of Genetics
Principles Cell Biology
BSC 413Prin of Organic Evolution3
BSC 417 Cap graduation image Biostatistics3
BSC 460Conservation Biology3
CHM 365Introductory Biochemistry3
BSC 425Systematics3
AoE Elective
Select three of the following:9
Principles of Microbiology
Microbiology Lab
Comp Vertebrate Anatomy
Invertebrate Zoology
Herpetology
Ornithology
Remote Sensing/GIS Appl
Dgtl Image Proc/GIS Model
Plant Taxonomy
Animal Physiology
Animal Parasitology
Plant Ecology
Genes and Development
Introductory Biochemistry
Free Elective (MTH 122 recommended for PHY Pre-req)3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3

Major Information

  • Students must pass BSC 120 Principles of Biology and earn a grade of C or better in BSC 121 Principles of Biology, CHM 211 Principles of Chemistry I, and CHM 212 Principles Chemistry II before they can enroll in any upper-level BSC course except BSC 227 Human Anatomy, BSC 228 Human Physiology and BSC 250 Microbiol & Human Disease.
  • In addition to the Core General Education requirements, the College of Science requires 3 hours of Calculus, and 40 hours of upper level credit.
  • The CHM coursework provides a Chemical Sciences minor.
  • Coursework listed as “elective” may vary for each student. Students are encouraged to use elective hours toward a 2nd minor or toward prerequisites.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to select courses that meet two or more Core or College requirements. For example, a writing intensive literature course could satisfy the Core II Humanities requirement as well as the University writing intensive requirement.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change. Please consult each semesters schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Calculus I requires ACT Mathematics score of 27 or higher. Students with an ACT Mathematics score less than 27 will be placed in the appropriate mathematics courses.
  • All Biological Science majors are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of credits in the Department of Biological Sciences.

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four Year Plan

The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to teaching students about the science of life from molecular to global scales. A degree in Biological Sciences prepares students for careers and graduate study in diverse fields such as human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, biomedical and pharmaceutical research, environmental consulting, wildlife ecology, and K12 or higher education. Students completing the Area of Emphasis in Natural History and Conservation will be prepared for a wide range of careers including positions with state or federal government agencies (USFS,USFWS, USACE, DNR, EPA); environmental consulting firms; conservation agencies; non-governmental organizations, and museums.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
MTH 140 Applied Calculus 3
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
Free Elective 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
BSC 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
CMM 103 Fund Speech-Communication 3
Free Elective (MTH 122 recommended for PHY Pre-req) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
BSC 320 Principles of Ecology 4
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
PSY 201 Bison image
or SOC 200 Bison image
Introductory Psychology (CT) (Core II Social Science)
or Introductory Sociology (CT)
3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
AoE Elective 3
Core I Critical Thinking 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Principles of Microbiology  
Principles of Genetics  
Principles Cell Biology  
 Credit Hours14-15
Third Year
First Semester
BSC 413 Prin of Organic Evolution 3
CHM 355 Cap graduation image Organic Chemistry I 3
AoE Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
CHM 356 Cap graduation image Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 361 Intro Organic Chm Lab 3
Core II Humanities 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Principles of Microbiology  
Principles of Genetics  
Principles Cell Biology  
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Year
First Semester
BSC 417 Cap graduation image Biostatistics 3
BSC 460 Conservation Biology 3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory 1
Writing Intensive 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BSC 491 Bison image Capstone Experience (C) 2
Writing Intensive 3
BSC 425 Systematics 3
AoE Elective 3
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II 3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120-122