Zoology, BS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2020-2021. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
HIST 1103Survey of American History3
or HIST 1483 American History to 1865 (H)
or HIST 1493 American History Since 1865 (DH)
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
MATH 1613Trigonometry (A) (or higher) 13
STAT 4013Statistical Methods I (A) 13
or STAT 2013 Elementary Statistics (A)
Humanities (H)
Courses designated (H)6
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
PHYS 1114College Physics I (LN) 14
or PHYS 2014 University Physics I (LN)
PHYS 1214College Physics II (LN) 14
or PHYS 2114 University Physics II (LN)
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
Course designated (S)3
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)6
Hours Subtotal41
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
First Year Seminar
(Transfer students with 15 hours exempt)1
Arts & Humanities
See note 2.a.3
Natural & Mathematical Sciences
CHEM 1314Chemistry I (LN)4
CHEM 1515Chemistry II (LN)5
Foreign Language
See note 3
0-6 hours
Upper-Division General Education
Select 6 hours outside major department
See note 2.c.
Hours Subtotal13
Major Requirements 2
Minimum grade of “C” in each course.
Core Courses
BIOL 1114Introductory Biology (LN)4
BIOL 1604Animal Biology4
BIOL 3023General Genetics 23
BIOL 3034General Ecology4
BIOL 3104Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 3114Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 3204Physiology4
BIOL 4133Evolution 23
BIOL 4700Undergraduate Research Problems (1 hour)1
or BIOL 4710 Internships in Integrative Biology
MICR 2123Introduction to Microbiology3
or MICR 3033 Cell and Molecular Biology
Select one of the following:5
Survey of Organic Chemistry
and Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry II
Select 10 hours upper-division BIOL courses with a laboratory in at least one course (excluding general education courses)10
Supplemental Courses
Select 2 of the following from different prefixes:6
Technical Writing
Conservation of Natural Resources (S)
Biogeography
Geography of Grass-Dominated Ecosystems
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Geology of the National Parks (N)
Environmental Geology (N)
Introduction to Oceanography (N)
Marine Geology
American Environmental History (H)
Principles of Wildlife Ecology and Management
Fish and Wildlife Population Biology
Ecology Of Invasive Species
Natural Resource Administration and Policy
Animal Ethics (H)
Biomedical Ethics (H)
Philosophy of Science (H)
Philosophy of Biology (H)
Abnormal Psychology (S)
Sociology of Health and Illness
Environmental Sociology (S)
Environmental Inequality (S)
Hours Subtotal55
Electives 2
Select 11 hours11
May need to include 6 hours of a foreign language. See note 3
May need to include 6 hours upper-division general education outside major department (see note 2.c.) and 4 additional upper-division hours
Hours Subtotal11
Total Hours120

Other Requirements

  • See the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA in all BIOL courses.
  • Upper-Division Credit: Total hours must include at least 48 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  • Hours in One Department: For B.A. and B.S. degrees, no more than 54 hours in one department may be applied to degree requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    No more than two courses (or eight hours) from the major department may be used to meet General Education and College and Departmental Requirements. The General Education required English Composition, required U.S. History, required American Government, one required MATH or STAT course, and required foreign language for B.A. degrees do not count against the two-course maximum.
  2. A&S College/Departmental Requirements
    1. Arts and Humanities are defined as any course carrying an (H) designation or courses from AMST, ART, DANC, ENGL (except ENGL 3323 Technical Writing) HIST, MUSI, PHIL (except PHIL 1313 Logic and Critical Thinking (A), PHIL 3003 Symbolic Logic (A) and PHIL 4003 Mathematical Logic and Computability), REL, TH, and foreign languages.
    2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences are defined as any course from the following prefixes: ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, CHEM, CS (except CS 4883 Social Issues in Computing), GEOL, MATH, MICR, PBIO, PHYS, and STAT; or courses from other departments that carry an (A) or (N) general education designation.
    3. The required six hours of upper-division General Education may not include courses from the student’s major department. This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    4. Non-Western Studies Requirement for B.A. and B.F.A.; One 3-hour course in Non-Western Studies (N.W.). This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student's degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    5. The College of Arts & Sciences requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major requirements and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major-prefix courses applied to the degree.
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency
    1. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. may be satisfied by 9 hours college credit in the same language, which must include 3 hours at the 2000-level, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Currently Arabic and Mvskoke are not offered at the 2000-level at OSU.
    2. The foreign language requirement for the B.S., B.M. and B.F.A. may be satisfied by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language (passing grades at second-year level of study). It may also be satisfied by 6 hours college credit in the same language, which must include language courses 1713 and 1813, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    3. In addition to a. and b., students pursuing teacher certification must meet novice-high foreign language proficiency by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language with no grade below B. Or, students may complete 3 hours college credit in a single language with no grade below C (or pass an advanced standing examination, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, or Oral Proficiency Interview developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, equivalent to 3 hours of college credit.) Or, students may meet the requirement by transfer of documentation of meeting the foreign language competency from one of the teacher education programs in the State of Oklahoma approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
  4. Exclusions
    1. Courses used to satisfy the General Education English Composition, U.S. History, American Government, and Mathematics or Statistics requirements will not count toward the 54-hour maximum allowed from one department.
    2. Courses with ATHL or LEIS prefixes and leisure activity courses may not be used for degree credit.
  5. Teacher Certification
    Students can satisfy the requirements for secondary schools teaching certification while earning a B.A. or B.S. in the College of Arts & Sciences. Those interested should see their Arts and Sciences advisor and the OSU Professional Education Unit in room 325 Willard.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2026.

Finish in Four Plan of Study

The plan below is an example of how students can successfully complete degree requirements in four years. This suggested class schedule plan may be used as a guide and can be adjusted based on individual needs. Students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to enrollment each semester to plan their class schedule, and students are ultimately responsible for completing all degree requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHours
MATH 1813 Preparation for Calculus (A) 3
BIOL 1114 Introductory Biology (LN) 4
General Education courses 7
 Hours14
Spring
CHEM 1314 Chemistry I (LN) 4
BIOL 1604 Animal Biology 4
General Education courses 8
 Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
CHEM 1515 Chemistry II (LN) 5
PHYS 1114 College Physics I (LN) 4
MICR 2123
Introduction to Microbiology
or Cell and Molecular Biology
3
General Education courses 3
 Hours15
Spring
PHYS 1214 College Physics II (LN) 4
Upper-division BIOL course 3
General Education courses 8
 Hours15
Junior
Fall
STAT 4013 Statistical Methods I (A) 3
BIOL 3034 General Ecology 4
BIOL 4700
Undergraduate Research Problems
or Internships in Integrative Biology
1
CHEM 3013 Survey of Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 3012 Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
Major, College, and Elective courses 2
 Hours15
Spring
BIOL 3104 Invertebrate Zoology 4
Upper-division BIOL course with lab 4
Major, College, and Elective courses 7
 Hours15
Senior
Fall
BIOL 3023 General Genetics 3
BIOL 3114 Vertebrate Zoology 4
Upper-div BIOL course 3
Supplemental major course 3
Major, College, and Elective courses 2
 Hours15
Spring
BIOL 3204 Physiology 4
BIOL 4133 Evolution 3
Supplemental course 3
Major, College, and Elective courses 5
 Hours15
 Total Hours120