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Academic Program Guide


Biological Science


ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2016 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Offtrack) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

Specific academic tracks are available within the biology major including: cell and molecular biology; ecology, evolution, and environmental science; marine biology; physiology and neuroscience; plant sciences; pre-professional health science; and zoology. The biology major works best if you can start in the highest math for which you have completed the prerequisites. If you start the biology major in MAC1105 you should take math and chemistry over the summer to get back on course to graduate in four years. If you begin FSU with earned credit for College Algebra you should take MAC1140 and CHM1045 with lab or BSC2010 with lab during Term 1. Your career plans may require you to take science courses beyond the minimum required for the undergraduate degree in biology.

Mapping Coordinator: Shellie Camp
Email: scamp@fsu.edu

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC11013
MAC1105 or higher mathematics3
BSC2010 and BSC2010 Lab4
GE History3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC1105 ( ≥ C minus )
Term 2 hrs
ENC21353
MAC11403
CHM1045 and CHM1045 Lab4
GE Core Social Science3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Summer hrs
MAC11142
CHM1046 and CHM1046 Lab4
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Term 3 hrs
BSC2011 with lab4
MAC23114
GE Social Science3
CHM22103
Milestones 3
Complete CHM1045 and Lab
Complete BSC2010 and Lab
Complete MAC1140 or MAC1114 ( ≥ C minus )
Term 4 hrs
PCB3063 3
STA21714
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
CHM2211 3
Milestones 4
Complete BSC2011 and Lab
Complete CHM1046 and Lab
Complete MAC1140 and MAC1114
Term 5 hrs
PHY2053C4
BSC3016 (Eukaryotic Diversity) or PCB3134 (Cell Structure & Function)3
Upper-division Biology course with lab5
GE Ethics3
Milestones 5
Complete MAC2311
Term 6 hrs
PHY2054C4
Foreign Language course4
BSC3402L2
Upper-division Biology courses5
Milestones 6
Complete CHM2210 or PHY2053C/2048C
Complete PCB3063, BSC3402L , BSC3016 or PCB3134
Begin Foreign Language
Term 7 hrs
Foreign Language Course4
Upper-division Biology courses4
Elective3
Elective3
Milestones 7
Complete a Pre-Graduation Check
Complete 4 of the 5 Biological Science labs required for graduation.
Term 8 hrs
PCB46743
Upper-division Biology course with lab5
Foreign Language course4
Elective1
Milestones 8
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Baccalaureate level- Biological Laboratory Assistant/Technician, Biotechnologist, Biostatistician, Bio-Informatics Specialist, Crime Laboratory Analyst, Environmental Scientist, Medical Technologist, Technical Sales and/or Service Representative, Teacher-middle school and high school (with appropriate education preparation), Scientific Writer, Wildlife Biologist, Zoo Keeper. With further study: Biological Scientist/Researcher, Environmental Attorney, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Resource Manager, Fisheries Biologist/Marine Biologist, Microbiologist, Geneticist, Genetic Counselor, Optometrist, Physician, Physician Assistant, Pharmacist, Veterinarian, Dentist, Professor-community College, 4-year College, university.

Representative Employers: Information available on Academic Program guide

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at: global.fsu.edu/undergraduate-students/going-abroad.

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.



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