BS: Applied Biology: Environmental Biology

124 Credit Hours Beginning Fall 2021, Catalog Year 2022

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First Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
ENG 111 English Composition 3
BIO 115 Biological Concepts: Eco, Evo, Genetics and Diversity 4
GLG 121 Environmental Geology 3
MPF IIA Creative Arts 3
MPF IIB Humanities 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 16

MPF IIA Creative Arts

Recommended course options

  • ART 187 Or ART 188 History of Western Art
    Historical survey of Western art, including development of concepts necessary for analysis and appreciation of great works of art.
  • ART 181 Concepts in Art
    Introduction to visual and thematic concepts as applied to art in various cultures and historical periods.

MPF IIB Humanities

Recommended course options

  • HST 197/198 World History
    Introduction to the origins and early development of individual civilizations prior to the period of Western European hegemony. Stresses interdependency and interrelations among cultures, and compares social, political, and religious experiences of peoples with one another.
  • MUS 185 Diverse Worlds of Music
    An investigation of music as it exists in diverse areas around the world. The approach will be ethnomusicological, best defined as an exploration of music and its relationship to human culture.
First Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
BIO 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
ECO 201 Microeconomics or POL 241 American Political System 3
GLG 115L Understanding the Earth 1
STA 261 Statistics or MTH 151 4-5
MPF III Global Perspectives 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-16

MPF III Global Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context
    Designed to develop the sociological imagination - an imagination that allows students to place themselves in a larger, ever-changing global world. Serves as a prerequisite for upper level sociology courses and as an entry course for the Sociology major, Sociology minors and thematic sequences. 
  • ATH 175 Peoples of the World
    Provides an appreciation of human cultural, social, and linguistic variation around the world and through time. Develops anthropological and ethnographic approaches to understanding cultural differences and similarities in political, social and economic organization; marriage and family patterns; environment and beliefs systems; and other aspects of globalized human cultural life.
  • IDS 159 Strength Through Cultural Diversity
    Serves as an interdisciplinary introduction to diversity. A primary goal of this course is to facilitate students' abilities to build their cultural competencies and their abilities to work toward a socially just and inclusive world by providing the conceptual tools and vocabulary to think about, discuss and experience diversity. Topics covered include multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination, privilege, the impacts of social and cultural change, and the engagement of students in the global community.
  • GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity
    Application of human geography concepts to patterns and processes of economic, political, and cultural changes at global, regional and local scales.
Second Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
BIO 206 Evolutionary Biology 3
CHM 141/R College Chemistry I 3-4
CHM 144 College Chemistry I Lab  2
MPF III Global Perspectives 3
MAJOR Professional Course 1* 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 14-15

Second Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
BIO 209 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
BSC 292 Applied Bio Sophomore Seminar 1
CHM 142 College Chemistry II 3
CHM 145 College Chemistry II Lab 2
MAJOR Tool Course 1* 3
MP-IP Intercultural Perspectives 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

MP-IP Intercultural Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • WGS 201 Intro to Women's Studies
    Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of women which focuses on determinants and expressions of women's roles.
  • MAC 143 Introduction to Media
    Introduction to major mass communication theories as a context to examining some major issues surrounding mass media in American society.
Third Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
BIO 312 Invertebrate Zoology** 4
BIO 342 Genetics 3
MAJOR Professional Class 2* 3
MAJOR Tool Course 2* 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 16

Third Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
BIO 311 Vertebrate Zoology** 4
BIO 314 Plant & Fungal Diversity** 4
GLG 244 Oceanography or GLG 307 Water & Society 3
MAJOR Tool Course 3* 3
MAJOR Tool Course 4* 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 17

Fourth Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
BIO 467 Conservation Biology 3
MP-AW Advanced Writing 3
MAJOR Tool Course 6* 3
MAJOR Tool Course 5* 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

MP-AW Advanced Writing

Recommended course options

  • EGS 215 Workplace Writing
    Practice in varieties of workplace correspondence and communication with emphasis on writing clear, concise, and accurate informal and formal reports, including email, resumes, cover letters, incident reports, accident reports, sales reports, marketing plans, activity reports, progress reports, change controls, evaluation/performance reports, recommendation reports, and white papers.
  • ENG 313 Technical Writing
    Introduction to the principles of technical writing. Attention to defining purpose, analyzing audience, developing document structure, creating visual design, drafting and revising communications. Practice in varieties of technical communication.
Third Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
BIO 351 Environmental Education: Natural History 4
BSC 492 Applied Bio Senior Seminar 1
MAJOR Tool Course 7* or ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 4

Total Semester Credit Hours: 14

* Professional and Tool Courses should be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor
**BIO 205: Dendrology or BSC 313: Microbial Diversity can be taken in place of any one of these courses

Abbreviation Key

MP-EL = Experiential Learning

MPF I = English Composition

MPF IIC = Social Science

MPF V = Mathematics, Formal Reasoning, Technology

MPT = Thematic Sequence

MP-AW = Advanced Writing

MPF = Global Miami Plan Foundation

MPF IIB = Humanities

MPF IV = Natural Science

MP-IP = Intercultural Perspectives

MPF IIA = Creative Arts

MPF III = Global Perspectives