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Biology/Environmental Biology Concentration BIEB

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
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.
Required Courses or Program:
Biology classes
BIOL 121 General Biology 1 4
BIOL 122 General Biology 2 4
BIOL 218 Microbial Ecology 3
BIOL 342 3
BIOL 351 Field Botany 3
BIOL 353 4
BIOL 375 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 460 Current Topics in BIOL 2
BIOL 492 Biology Internship 1-3
Biology elective 300 or higher (consult advisor) 3
Choose one Invertebrate course:
BIOL 341 3
BIOL 344 Entomology 3
Ecology Core: Choose 2 of the following 3 Ecological classes
BIOL 346 Ecological Assessment 3
BIOL 347 Environmental Conservation 3
BIOL 442 Ecology 3
Supporting Sciences
MATH 130 Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig 4
CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 5
Choose 1 of the following organic chemistry options
CHEM 214 Fund of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry 2 5
Choose 1 of the following Biochemistry options
CHEM 324 Fund of Biochemistry 3
CHEM 364 Biochemistry 4
Choose 1 of the following Geology classes
GEOL 121 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 131 Geology and Land Use Mgmt 3
Choose 1 of the following Physics options
PHYS 130 Concepts in Physics 4
PHYS 211 Introductory Physics 1 4
PHYS 212 Introductory Physics 2 4
Biology Application Area
MATH 251 Stats for the Life Sciences 3
Additional required courses
Choose 1 of the following 2 GIS class options
GISC 225 Principles of GIS 3
GEOG 311 Social Aspects of GIS 3
Additional Program requirements
Computer competence (consult advisor)
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
Electives to a credit total of: 121 (consult advisor) 6 - 18

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.

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.

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Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2550

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