2018-2019 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

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

  • MATH 1400 or higher
  • Health and Human Activity can be fulfilled by Desert Living Skills (PEAC 1296), Hike & Fish (PEAC 1308), Hike-Camp-Fish (PEAC 1309), or Wilderness Navigation (PEAC 2025).
  • 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 English Composition II (ENGL 1020) or Technical Writing (ENGL 2005). 
  • Humanities or Applied Arts can be fulfilled by Public Speaking (COMM 2010), World History to 1750 (HIST 1320), or World History Since 1750 (HIST 1330).
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    BIOL 2023PLANT AND FUNGAL BIOLOGY

    4

    BIOL 2400GENERAL ECOLOGY

    3

    BIOL 2410INTRO TO FIELD ECOLOGY

    2

    CHEM 2300INTRODUCTORY ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    4

    MATH 2200CALCULUS I

    4

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • BIOL 2023 is only offered odd Fall Semesters.
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    MOLB 2210GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

    4

    STAT 2050FUNDAMENTALS OF STATISTICS

    4

    SOCIAL SCIENCE

    3

    US & WYOMING CONSTITUTION

    3

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:14

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Social Science requirement can be fulfilled with Introduction to Natural Resources (G&R 1050), Introduction to American Environmental History (HIST 1410), Wyoming History (HIST 1251), or History of the US West (HIST 1290). 
  • US & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by U.S. to 1865 (HIST 1211), U.S. From 1865 (HIST 1221), Wyoming History (HIST 1251) and American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000). 
  • Total Credit Hours: 64