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Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Biology

Environmental biology explores the world we live in. You'll learn about the biology of plants, insects, and animals around us. Whether you're studying in a lab or in the field at Washburn's Karlyle Woods, you'll have the opportunity to explore in-depth and conduct research.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology

To earn a B.S. Degree in environmental biology, a student must satisfy the following:

  • University and general education requirements
  • 44 credit hours in biology
    • 23 credit hours of environmental biology core requirements, plus
    • 21 credit hours of biology electives, plus
    • 3 credit hours of a quantitative course, plus
  • Required 30-hour natural science concentration
    • 20 credit hours in one discipline

(Beginning with Catalog Year 2014)

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Required Core Biology Courses for all EB Majors:

BI 102

General Cellular Biology

5

BI 103

General Organismal Biology

5

BI 310

Ecology

4

BI 333

General Genetics

4

BI 340

Evolutionary Biology

3

BI 390

Biology Seminar – Capstone Course

1

BI 395

Biology Research – Capstone Course

1

Total Core BI Hours for EB Majors

23

Required Chemistry, Math and Physics Courses for BS in EB Majors:

CH 151/152

Fundamentals of Chemistry (1 year with lab)

10

CH 340/342

Organic Chemistry I (with lab)

5

MA 151

Calculus & Analytical Geometry I

5

PS 261/262
  or PS 281/282

College Physics (1 year with lab)
  or General Physics (1 year with lab)

10

Total CH, MA, PS Hours

30

Elective Supportive Organismal Courses for BS in EB Majors:

(BS in EB students must complete a minimum of 21 additional credit hours of biology electives; a minimum of 14 credit hours must be from the following lists, with at least 1 course from the field electives section. Any remaining credits needed may be taken from any BI course that counts for the major.):

BI 301

General Microbiology

4

BI 303

Invertebrate Zoology

4

BI 305

Parasitology

4

BI 322

Advanced General Botany

4

BI 328

Plant Anatomy and Physiology

3

BI 330

Animal Physiology

4

Field Electives Section

BI 300

Field Biology

3

BI 302

Entomology

4

BI 315

Vertebrate Zoology

4

BI 324

Systematic Botany

3

Total Elective Hours

at least 14

Quantitative Course Requirement for EB Majors:

(BS in EB students must complete 1 quantitative course from the list below)

MA 140

Statistics

3

MA 145

Mathematics for Decision Making

3

BI 314

Statistics for Biologists

3

at least 3

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Biology

To earn a B.A. Degree in environmental biology, a student must satisfy the following:

  • University and general education requirements
  • 38 credit hours in biology
    • 23 credit hours of environmental biology core requirements, plus
    • 15 credit hours of biology electives; as indicated below
  • Foreign language competency requirement (see required courses)

(Beginning with Catalog Year 2014)

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Required Core Biology Courses for all EB Majors:

BI 102

General Cellular Biology

5

BI 103

General Organismal Biology

5

BI 310

Ecology

4

BI 333

General Genetics

4

BI 340

Evolutionary Biology

3

BI 390

Biology Seminar – Capstone Course

1

BI 395

Biology Research – Capstone Course

1

Total Core BI Hours for EB Majors

23

Required Chemistry, Math and Physics Courses for BA in EB Majors:

CH 151/152

Fundamentals of Chemistry (1 year with lab)

10

CH 340/342

Organic Chemistry I (with lab)

5

MA 140
  or MA 151

Statistics
  or Calculus & Analytical Geometry I

3
  or 5

PS 261/262
  or PS 281/282

College Physics (1 year with lab)
  or General Physics (1 year with lab)

10

Total CH, MA, PS Hours

28-30

Elective Supportive Organismal Courses for BA in EB Majors:

(BA in EB students must complete a minimum of 15 additional credit hours of biology electives; a minimum of 10 credit hours must be from the following lists, with at least 1 course from the field electives section. Any remaining credits needed may be taken from any BI course that counts for the major.)

BI 301

General Microbiology

4

BI 303

Invertebrate Zoology

4

BI 305

Parasitology

4

BI 322

Advanced General Botany

4

BI 328

Plant Anatomy and Physiology

3

BI 330

Animal Physiology

4

Field Electives Section

BI 300

Field Biology

3

BI 302

Entomology

4

BI 315

Vertebrate Zoology

4

BI 324

Systematic Botany

3

Total Elective Hours

at least 10

Foreign Language Competency Requirement:

Must satisfy the requirements for a foreign language (0, 4, or 8 hours of Foreign Language that includes the 102-level course or higher, OR achieving a minimum score on an AP or CLEP test OR successfully challenging the Modern Languages Departmentally administered 102 level examination.) 

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Department of Biology
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Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

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