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Biology/Environmental Biology Concentration

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Environmental Biology?

The environment belongs to everyone. Unfortunately, not everyone is taking care of the environment.

Ferris is a world leader in career-oriented education and is committed to undergraduate education. Ferris also has as exceptionally strong commitment to academic advising. In the Environmental Biology concentration, your academic advisor specializes in just environmental biology. The Applied Biology program at Ferris allows you to customize your academic program to meet both your academic abilities and career goals.

Sciences at Ferris are a University strength in part because of long-term nationally recognized science programs in pharmacy and optometry. You will be taught basic science courses by the same science faculty. The low student-faculty ratio at Ferris means that most basic science labs are taught by the science professors themselves.

Career Opportunities

Environmental policies and concerns are major issues facing everyone in the world in the twenty-first century. Career opportunities exist in environmental law, government, industry and academia.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Graduation Requirements

The Environmental Biology program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall. Students may earn only one B.S. degree in Biology from Ferris State University.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Paul Klatt
PHONE: 231-591-2671
EMAIL:

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Kim Ducat
PHONE: 231-591-2745
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PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Jenice Winowiecki
PHONE: 231-591-2555
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Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2550

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Environmental Biology Concentration - Minimum 121 Credits

Major - 38 Credits 

General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Microbial Ecology
3
Zoology
4
Plants and Fungi
4
Principles of Genetics
3
Plant Physiology
4
Current Topics in BIOL
2
Biology Internship
1 TO 6
Choose One:
Ornithology
3
Entomology
3
Animal Behavior
3

Ecology Core

Choose One:
Ecological Assessment
3
Environmental Conservation
3
Ecology
3
Biology Elective 300 or higher (consult advisor) 
Recommended:  BIOL 340 or BIOL 345
May also take BIOL 346 or BIOL 347 or BIOL 442 if not already taken.
3
Evolution
3
Environmental Regulations
3

Supporting Sciences - 28-40 Credits

Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig
4
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5

Organic Chemistry

Choose One Option:
CHEM 214 OR CHEM 321 and CHEM 322
Fund of Organic Chemistry
4
Organic Chemistry 1
5
Organic Chemistry 2
5

Biochemistry

Choose one of the following:
Fund of Biochemistry
3
or
Biochemistry
4

Physics

Choose One Option:
PHYS 130 OR PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
Concepts in Physics
4
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4

Geology

Choose one of the following:
Physical Geology
4
or
Geology and Land Use Mgmt
3

Biology Application Area - 6 Credits

Stats for the Life Sciences
3

Additional required courses

Choose 1 of the following 2 GIS class options

Principles of GIS
3
or
Social Aspects of GIS
3

University General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.

Additional Program requirements

Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3

Electives to a credit total of: 121 (consult advisor)

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