2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Biology Non-Thesis

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(99 credits minimum) including extra-departmental requirements

This is an accelerated Degree program open to Biology Majors that meet the following criteria.  Students woudl apply during the Junior year and be on track to complete their BS in four years.  The putative student will be dual enrolled in the BS and MS program during their senior year.  Upon completion of the BS it is expected that the student would complete their MS non-thesis in Biology during their fifth year. 


Enrollment in Graduate Course as an ISU Undergraduate Student

A senior student at Indiana State University with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above may be granted permission to enroll in a limited amount of 500-level graduate courses with approval of the student’s advisor, graduate program representative, and the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.  Students in Accelerated Graduate Programs will be allowed to take up to 9 credit hours of 500-level courses and up to 6 credit hours of 600-level courses during their final year of undergraduate study. 

Undergraduate Required Biological Sciences (24 credits):

BIO 101 Principles of Biology I

BIO 101L Principles of Biology I Laboratory

BIO 102 Principles of Biology II

BIO 102L Principles of Biology II Laboratory

BIO 330 General Physiology

BIO 330L General Physiology Laboratory

BIO 350 Ecology and Evolution

BIO 350L Laboratory in Ecology and Evolution

BIO 374 Cellular and Microbial Biology

BIO 374L Cellular and Microbial Biology Laboratory

BIO 380 Genetics

BIO 380L Genetics Laboratory

Undergraduate Prerequisites for the Biology Major (27-28 credits):

Mathematics 3-4 credits

(a course in statistics or calculus, such as Biology 485, or Mathematics 131 or 241).

CHEM 105 General Chemistry I

CHEM 105L General Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 106 General Chemistry II

CHEM 106L General Chemistry II Laboratory

CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 351L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 352 Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 352L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

PHYS 105 General Physics I

PHYS 105L General Physics I Laboratory

PHYS 106 General Physics II

PHYS 106L General Physics II Laboratory

Undergraduate Electives (16 credits):

A minimum of 16 credit hours beyond the core curriculum selected from the following or the appropriate emphasis.  Please note that students may take up to 9 credits of 500 level electives as dual credit.  600 level courses may be taken in the senior year and will not count towards the 120 credit hour requirement for the undergraduate degree

BIO 375 Immunohematology

BIO 375L Immunohematology Laboratory

BIO 403 General Virology

BIO 405 Cellular Development

BIO 406 Cell and Tissue Culture

BIO 406L Cell and Tissue Culture Laboratory

BIO 408 General Immunology

BIO 408L General Immunology Laboratory

BIO 412 Pathophysiology

BIO 415 Natural History: A Study of the Diversity of Life

BIO 417 Cellular and Molecular Biology I

BIO 418 Cellular and Molecular Biology II

BIO 424 Vertebrate Zoology

BIO 424L Vertebrate Zoology Laboratory

BIO 425 Herpetology

BIO 425L Herpetology Laboratory

BIO 426 Ornithology

BIO 426L Ornithology Laboratory

BIO 427 Plant Taxonomy

BIO 427L Plant Taxonomy Laboratory

BIO 428 Mammalogy

BIO 428L Mammology Laboratory

BIO 431 General Endocrinology

BIO 434 Introduction to Neurobiology

BIO 437 Plant Physiology

BIO 437L Plant Physiology Laboratory

BIO 445 Plant Anatomy

BIO 447 Comparative Morphology of Vascular Plants

BIO 450 Advanced Ecology

BIO 451 Field Study of Ecosystems

BIO 454 Animal Behavior

BIO 455 Humans and the World Environment

BIO 458 Wildlife Management

BIO 458L Wildlife Management Laboratory

BIO 461 Embryology

BIO 461L Embryology Laboratory

BIO 465 Fundamentals of Tree-Ring Research

BIO 475 Mechanisms of Microbial Disease

BIO 476 Microbial Physiology

BIO 482 Recombinant DNA

BIO 482L Recombinant DNA Laboratory

BIO 485 Introduction to Biometry

BIO 487 Bioinformatics

BIO 490 Seminar in Life Sciences

BIO 491 Special Topics in Biology

BIO 492 Special Problems in Life Sciences

BIO 497 Current and Historical Issues in Science and Capstone Research Proposal Development

BIO 498 Capstone Research

BIO 499 Research Capstone Presentations

CHEM 431 Biochemistry I

CHEM 431L Biochemistry Laboratory

CHEM 432 Biochemistry II


Biology 415 is an acceptable elective only for departmental majors pursuing a science education curriculum. Four credit hours of Biology 492 may also be used to fill the elective requirement.

A portion of the 16 hours of elective credit required of Biology majors beyond the core curriculum may be composed of courses from cognate areas, subject to the approval of the student’s advisor and in agreement with the department chairpersons. This excludes cognate courses that are prerequisite for courses in the Department of Biology.

Graduate Research:

Graduate Major:

At least 11-13 additional credits of Biology course work.

Graduate Area Seminar:

Minimum of 2 credits in the following:

Graduate Other Requirements:

6 credits of course work outside the department.

Graduate Electives:

8 credits of directed electives.

Graduate Culminating Experience:

Satisfactory performance on an oral and/or written examination given by an examining committee selected from the graduate faculty.


Courses in the 500 series are open to undergraduates as *400 series. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature. A course taken at the 400 level may not be repeated at the 500 level.

At least 16 credits must be in courses numbered 600 or above.

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