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General Biology

General Biology

Program Description

The general biology concentration is designed to prepare students for a wide range of post-graduate options including graduate school, health professions, and others. It is an excellent choice for students that know they want to study biology but are not certain what their ultimate goal may be.

For career information and department highlights, see the Biology page.

For More Information

Biology Department

Auburn University at Montgomery

Goodwyn Hall 301

334-244-3316

www.cas.aum.edu/departments/biology

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the General Biology major includes


Required Courses

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

BIOL 2020/2021

Botany/Lab

The morphology, physiology, evolution, distribution, and importance of plants.

BIOL 2030/2031

Zoology/Lab

Identification, taxonomic classification, phylogeny, distribution, life history, and economic/medical importance of protozoans, invertebrates and vertebrates.

BIOL 3010/3011

Microbiology/Lab

Microbial morphology, growth and control, physiology, genetics, concepts of the pathogenesis, immunology, and epidemiology, environmental and industrial microbiology.

PHYS 2100/2101

Physics I/Lab

A treatment of statics, mechanics, heat and thermodynamics intended for technical majors. Calculus-based procedures employed frequently.

PHYS 2200/2201 Physics II/Lab

A treatment of electricity, magnetism, wave phenomena, sound and optics intended for technical majors. Calculus-based procedures employed frequently.

BIOL 3300/3301 Genetics/Lab

The study of basic principles, concepts and problems relative to gene inheritance in animals and plants. The course includes topics that cover both classical and modern genetics.

BIOL 4200/4201 Ecology/Lab

The dynamics of the environment, accenting the description of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of local ecosystems, giving special attention to integrative and homeostatic processes, energy flow, nutrient cycles, and disruptive phenomena.

CHEM 3100/3101 Organic Chemistry I/Lab

A systematic study of the physical and chemical natures of organic compounds. Includes hydrocarbon chemistry, simple functional groups and spectroscopy.

CHEM 3200/3201 Organic Chemistry II/Lab

A continuation of CHEM 3100. A study of the major functional groups, poly-functional molecules and other selected topics.

BIOL 2200 / MATH 2200 Biostatistics

This course introduces students to statistical techniques commonly used in research and includes estimation and hypothesis testing, ANOVA, linear and non-linear regression and non-parametric statistics. Extensive us of computer exercises allow students to fulfill their requirement for computer literacy. This is a cross-listed course with MATH 2200 and may be team-taught.

CHEM 3300/3301 Biochemistry/Lab A standard biochemistry course for students in the health and physical sciences. Emphasis on the major biomolecules and basic metabolism.
BIOL 4952 Capstone

An exit course required for graduating seniors. Students participate in activities that assist with their transition from receiving a B.S. degree to entering the job market, graduate school, or professional school. Students will participate in activities designed to improve their technical writing and presentation skills.