2019-2020 Catalog

Biological Sciences, General, Associate of Science

What makes biology exciting is its diversity. A biologist might gather field samples for environmental impact statements, develop cancer therapies, or manipulate genes. Biologists unravel the mystery of living organisms, from biomolecules to ecosystems.

You can focus in one of several core areas leading to careers in health care, research, business, and teaching. Additionally, you can apply your biological knowledge to careers outside the traditional, such as science writing or environmental law.  All biology majors need to develop these basic skills:

    1. Ability to work with biological information, analyzing it from different angles.
    2. Ability to find information using a variety of methods and critically evaluate it.
    3. Ability to design, conduct, and communicate results of biological experiments.
    4. Ability to apply biology to environmental and societal issues.
    5. Ability to work as a professional in the scientific community.

In summary, biologists must integrate the technical skills and knowledge of a rapidly growing field with communication skills and an ability to analyze data. Western has designed a curriculum that prepares you to take your place as a successful 21st-century biologist in whichever path you choose.

A large proportion of biologists work in labs, in areas of research or industrial technology, or in health-related fields. Virtually all have at least a bachelor’s degree in the field. Still others use their undergraduate degree in biology as a foundation for professional training in such areas as agroecology, agronomy, animal biology, botany, zoology, and graduate studies in biological sciences.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

BIOL 1010GENERAL BIOLOGY

4

CHEM 1020GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

4

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

HEALTH & HUMAN ACTIVITY

1

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:16-18

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

  • MATH 1400 or higher
  • In addition to ENGL 1010, students may be required to also take ENGL 1011 (2 credits) due to placement, adding 2 additional credits to their graduation total.
  • Health and Human Activity: Students choose from a wide variety of OEAC and PEAC courses, plus the option of Topics; see advisor for details.
  • Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    BIOL 2022ANIMAL BIOLOGY

    4

    CHEM 1030GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

    4

    MATH 1405TRIGONOMETRY

    3

    APPROVED ENGLISH COURSE

    3

    APPROVED HUMANITIES/APPLIED ARTS

    3

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • MATH 1405 or higher.
  • Approved English Course can be fulfilled by ENGL 1020, 2005, or 2019.
  • Humanities or Applied Arts can be fulfilled by ART 2120 or 2410, ASL 1200, FREN 1010, HUMN 1010, SPAN 1010, PHIL 2300, COMM 1000 or 1030 or 2010 or 2110, MUSC 1000, or PHIL 1000.
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    BIOL 2400GENERAL ECOLOGY

    3

    BIOL 2410INTRO TO FIELD ECOLOGY

    2

    BIOL 2023PLANT AND FUNGAL BIOLOGY

    4

    APPROVED SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSE

    3

    MATH 2200CALCULUS I

    4

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • Approved Social Science courses: ANTH 1100 or 1300, CRMJ 1001, ECON 1010, G&R 1050 (recommended), HLED 1003 or 1140, HIST 2030, POLS 1200, PSYC 1000 or 2080, SOC 1000 or 1100.
  • MATH 2200 or higher.
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    MOLB 2210GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

    4

    STAT 2050FUNDAMENTALS OF STATISTICS

    4

    CHEM 2300INTRODUCTORY ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    4

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    US & WYOMING CONSTITUTION

    3

    Total Credit Hours:15

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • US & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by U.S. to 1865 (HIST 1211), U.S. From 1865 (HIST 1221), Wyoming History (HIST 1251) or American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000). 
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    Total Credit Hours: 64-66