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B.A. in Biological Science

Degree Requirements

The academic regulations for this degree program, as entered in the University of Mississippi Catalog, are in effect for the current or selected academic year and semester. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change rules for registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time.

General Education

Requirement Hours Description
First Year Writing I 3 Complete Hon 101, Writ 100 or Writ 101 with a passing grade.
First Year Writing II 3 Complete one of the following courses with a passing grade: Liba 102, Writ 102 or Hon 102.
6 hrs literature survey 6 Complete 6 hours of literature survey with a passing grade. Choose from the following courses: Eng 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, or Eng 226.
6 hrs modern/ancient language 200+ 6 Successfully complete at least 6 hours at the 200 level or above in one modern or ancient language.
6 hrs history 6 Complete 6 hours in History (HST) course work with a passing grade.
3 hrs humanities 3 African American studies; classical civilization; environmental studies 101, gender studies (G St 201, 301, 333, 350); Liba 202, 305, 312; philosophy; religion; Southern studies (S St 101, 102). In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classical civilization, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religion courses will satisfy this requirement.
6 hrs social science 6 Successfully complete 6 semester hours in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.
3 hrs fine arts 3 Complete 3 hours in the area of fine or performing arts. Choose from art history, music, dance, and theatre arts. Studio and workshop courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. Acceptable freshman or sophommore-level courses are: AH 101, AH 102, AH 201, AH 202; Music 101, Music 102, Music 103, Music 104, Music 105; Dance 200; and Theatre 201.
3 hrs math 100+ 3 Successfully complete 3 hours of Math at the 100 level or above except for Math 245 and Math 246.
9-12 hrs science 9 Complete a full year of science course work in one subject area (6-8 hrs) and complete 3 credit hours in a subject area from another department. Courses may be chosen from the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Geological Engineering, or Physics and Astronomy. Note that a student taking the required 6 hours of one subject (astronomy or physics) from the Department of Physics and Astronomy must take the remaining 3 hours from another department.
2 associated science labs 2 Successfully complete at least two science laboratory courses.

Major Requirements

Requirement Hours Description
Bisc 160 and 161 4 Bisc 160: Biological Sciences I, Bisc 161: Biological Sciences I Laboratory
Bisc 162 and 163 4 Bisc 162: Biological Sciences II, Bisc 163: Biological Sciences II Laboratory
Bisc 330, 438, 516 4 Bisc 516: Plant Physiology, Bisc 438: Microbial Physiology, Bisc 330: Introductory Physiology
Bisc 322 4 Bisc 322: General Ecology
Bisc 336 4 Bisc 336: Genetics
Bisc 498 Bisc 498: Major Field Achievement Test
Bisc electives 12 Bisc 303: Prac Home Horticulture, Bisc 312: Plants and Man, Bisc 313: The Plant World, Bisc 319: Plant Anatomy, Bisc 341: Plant Taxonomy, Bisc 408: Medical Bacteriology, Bisc 417: Phycology, Bisc 420: Biostatistics, Bisc 423: Food Microbiology, Bisc 301: Microscopy, Bisc 508: Ornithology, Bisc 517: Vertebrate Histology, Bisc 568: Pop Genetics, Bisc 301: Evolution, Bisc 309: Greenhouse Gardening, Bisc 402: Microbial Diversity, Bisc 411: Adv Mammalian Physiol, Bisc 548: Biology of Amphibia, Bisc 552: Immunology-Serology, Bisc 556: Fundamentals-Cytology, Bisc 511: Applied Microbiology, Bisc 449: Tropical Invertebrate Biology, Bisc 450: Tropical Ornithology, Bisc 516: Plant Physiology, Bisc 518: Microtechnique, Bisc 519: Physiology of Aquatic Animals, Bisc 520: Medical Microbiology, Bisc 522: Microbial Ecology, Bisc 524: Aquatic Botany, Bisc 526: Survey of the Amphibia, Bisc 527: Survey of the Reptilia, Bisc 531: Plant Morphology, Bisc 545: Microbial Physiology, Bisc 415: Vertebrate Histology, Bisc 553: Comparative Animal Physiology, Bisc 554: Ecological Physiology, Bisc 567: Evolutionary Biology Laboratory, Bisc 416: Elementary Parasitology, Bisc 441: Tropical Botany, Bisc 440: Cell and Molecular Biology, Bisc 498: Major Field Achievement Test, Bisc 445: Introduction to Coral-Reef Ecology, Bisc 502: Mycology, Bisc 504: Biometry, Bisc 447: Neotropical Forest Herpetology, Bisc 510: Theoretical Ecology, Bisc 310: Human Anatomy, Bisc 499: Listing for Individual Basis Courses, Bisc 413: Conservation Biology, Bisc 479: Special Topics in Biology, Bisc 349: Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives, Bisc 323: Biology of Invasive Species, Bisc 436: Human and Vertebrate Genetics, Bisc 493: Capstone Directed Study, Bisc 417: Evolution and Medicine, Bisc 538: Hormones and Behavior, Bisc 443: Ecology of Plant Communities of MS, Bisc 548: Plant Cell and Developmental Biology, Bisc 503: Topics in Bioinformatics, Bisc 535: Plant-Insect Interactions, Bisc 578: Advanced Topics in Biology I, Bisc 583: Electron Microscopy with lab, Bisc 399: X list for IB courses, Bisc 372: Introductory Cell Biology, Bisc 438: Microbial Physiology, Bisc 350: Mammalogy, Bisc 427: Methods in Comparative Neuroscience, Bisc 491: Prob in Biol Sciences, Bisc 322: General Ecology, Bisc 329: Biology of Fishes, Bisc 330: Introductory Physiology, Bisc 331: Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates, Bisc 332: Comparative Embryology of Vertebrates, Bisc 333: General Microbiology, Bisc 334: Ornithology, Bisc 335: Human Reproduction, Bisc 337: Introductory Entomology, Bisc 338: Invertebrate Zoology, Bisc 339: Phycology, Bisc 380: Topics in Biology  Abroad, Bisc 300: Research Methods in Biology, Bisc 306: Virology, Bisc 318: Botany, Bisc 321: Introductory Aquatic Biology, Bisc 446: Fishes of the Tropics, Bisc 591: Prob Biol Science, Bisc 571: History of Biology, Bisc 340: Cell and Molec Biology, Bisc 501: History of Microbiol, Bisc 506: Aquatic Mycology, Bisc 533: Experiment Embryology, Bisc 537: Marine Ecology, Bisc 538: Behav Neurobiol Maran, Bisc 540: Biogeography, Bisc 541: Marine Fish Mgt, Bisc 544: Adv Marine Sci Tchrs, Bisc 560: Marine Invert Zool, Bisc 562: Marine Vert Zool-Icth, Bisc 563: Parasites Marine Anim, Bisc 507: Microbial Ecology, Bisc 535: The Algae, Bisc 536: Aquaculture, Bisc 539: Survey of The Fungi, Bisc 543: Advanced Genetics, Bisc 565: Systematic Zoology, Bisc 581: Zoological Bibliog, Bisc 585: Bacteria & Inf Disease, Bisc 564: Marine Microbiology, Bisc 513: Limnological Methods, Bisc 514: Population Genetics, Bisc 342: Plant Diversity, Bisc 521: Cell Physiology, Bisc 525: Conservation and Restoration Ecology, Bisc 529: Endocrinology, Bisc 532: Plant Taxonomy, Bisc 542: Microbial Diversity, Bisc 546: Herpetology, Bisc 547: Advanced Histology, Bisc 550: Biological Oceanography, Bisc 551: Protozoology, Bisc 555: Radiation Biology, Bisc 566: Evolutionary Biology, Bisc 534: Freshwater Insects, Bisc 505: Aquatic Microbiology, Bisc 509: Microbial Genetics, Bisc 549: Biology of Reptilia, Bisc 533: Advanced Neuroscience, Bisc 512: Animal Behavior, Bisc 414: Immunology and Serology, Bisc 530: Advanced Field Study in Ecology, Bisc 320: Introductory Marine Biology, Bisc 541: Cell Biol. of Neurodegenerative Disease, Bisc 528: Principles of Developmental Biology, Bisc 492: Directed Study in Biological Sciences II, Bisc 523: Molecular Microbiol. of Soils & Sediment, Bisc 435: Research in Freshwater Biology, Bisc 491: Directed Study in Biological Sciences I, Bisc 448: Tropical Studies in Biology, Bisc 345: Symbiosis: From Parasitism to Mutualism, Bisc 370: Introductory Molecular Genetics, Bisc 579: Advanced Topics in Biology, Bisc 543: Functional Neuroanatomy, Bisc 327: Introductory Neuroscience, Bisc 515: Conservation Biology: Viable Populations, Bisc 418: Introduction to Molecular Systematics, Bisc 451: Ecotoxicology, Bisc 336: Genetics, Bisc 439: Developmental Biology, Bisc 568: Infectious Disease Ecology
Biology residency hrs 12 Student must earn at least 12 hours of their major courses in residence. Directed Study (Bisc 492), Bisc 102, Bisc 103, Bisc 104, Bisc 105, Bisc 206, Bisc 207, seminars, and non-major courses do not satisfy departmental core requirements for biology majors.
Resident Major GPA Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Overall Major GPA Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.

Major Requirements II

Requirement Hours Description
Chem 105 3 Complete Chem 105 with a passing grade.
Chem 106 3 Complete Chem 106 with a passing grade.
Chem 115 1 Complete Chem 115 with a passing grade.
Chem 116 1 Complete Chem 116 with a passing grade.
6 hrs math 6 The math requirement for the B.A. Biological Science may be met with two of the following courses: Math 121 (or Math 125 - but not both), Math 115, 123, Math 261 or higher.
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