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Biology, A.A.

Requirements

Students interested in biology, or related fields, are encouraged to earn at least a baccalaureate degree (BS). Many professions (e.g., Pharmacy or Medicine) require additional post-baccalaureate education. The AS/AA degree is intended for students who plan to use it as a first step toward a baccalaureate degree. The AS/AA degree may be granted to those who do not continue in a bachelor's program and meet the minimum requirements.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 39 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I (To be taken with BIOL 1615) 4
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (To be taken with CHEM 1215) 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II (To be taken with CHEM 1225) 4
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements:  13 Credits
Complete the following:  
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory (To be taken with BIOL 1610) 1
  BIOL 1620 College Biology II  3
and BIOL 1625 College Biology II Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory  (To be taken with CHEM 1210) 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory ( To be taken with CHEM 1220) 1
  Minimum of 2 additional biology courses (BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL prefixes). BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1050 cannot be used to meet this requirement. See Biology Advisor. 6
Elective Requirements: 8 Credits
  Same Foreign Language. 8

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. For the AA degree, completion of 8 credit hours of course work from one language.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
Fine Arts Distribution 3
Humanities Distribution 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life or Personal Health and Wellness 2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4
BIOL 1615 College Biology I Lab 1
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing- Science and Technology 3
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
American Institutions 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1620 College Biology II 3
BIOL 1625 College Biology II Lab 1
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
Foreign Language Course 1010 4
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: For AS Degree substitute Foreign Language Course with 1000 level elective.
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL ELECTIVE BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1050 cannot meet requirement 3
BIOL ELECTIVE BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1050 cannot meet requirement 3
Foreign Language Course 1020 4
Social/Behavioral Science 3
  Semester total: 13
Notes: For AS Degree substitute Foreign Language Course with 1000 level elective. An additional Biology Elective will also need to be included this semester.
  Degree total: 60

Department

Name:

Biology

Location:

SB 243

Telephone:

801-863-8511

Email:

korstaal@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/biology/

Chair:

James Price

Chair UVU Email:

PRICEJM@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biology is two-fold: first, we are committed to educate students in the principle tenets of biology through structured inquiry and opportunities for individualized experiential learning. Second, we are committed to teaching ethical behavior in experimental design and practice to all of our students. The department strives to provide the best educational opportunities possible for students to attain their academic goals and to facilitate faculty in scholarship in an atmosphere that encourages free exchange of ideas.

Our Philosophy and Values

The Department of Biology believes that students and faculty have a shared responsibility to obtain knowledge. Faculty should maintain their expertise by ongoing investigation, presentation, and pursuit of scholarly activities. In addition to the pursuit of scholarly information in biology, students should develop skills in communication, analysis, and critical thinking relevant to biology and other disciplines.

Goals

The Department of Biology recognizes excellent student education as its first priority. In addition to formal programs of study, we offer opportunities for research, service, field and laboratory activities, and secondary education training.

The UVU Biology program offers a variety of courses that investigate the living world, including courses in biology, botany, ecology, genetics, human physiology, microbiology, and zoology. A course of study may be designed to provide breadth in the life sciences or emphasize field or laboratory oriented biology.

 
 

Biology

Advisors:

  • Biology: Marie E. Theodore
  • Office: PS 201c
  • Telephone: 801-863-6208
  • Email: mtheodore@uvu.edu

  • Biology, Botany:
    Heidi Creer
  • Office: PS 201
  • Telephone: 801-863-5259
  • Email: Heidi.Creer@uvu.edu

  • Biology, Biology Education, Biotechnology:
    Sara Hugentobler
  • Office: PS 201d
  • Telephone: 801-863-6791
  • Email: shugentobler@uvu.edu

 

Career Opportunities

Majors in Biology prepare for a wide variety of occupations in education, government, medicine, and research. Students majoring in a UVU Bachelor’s program should meet with the Biology Department advisor early in their program.

 

Job Outlook

Graduates with degrees in Biology are especially in demand in the secondary education, health, natural resource management, and biotechnology areas.

 

Programs

Eight degree options are available: Associate in Science or Associate in Arts with a pre-major in Biology; Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies (IS) with a Biology emphasis, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science in Biology Education, and Bachelor of Science in Botany. A minor in biology is available for those in other baccalaureate programs.

All AS/AA and BS Biology, Botany, and IS majors must consult with the Biology Department advisor prior to their first semester of enrollment at UVU or immediately upon changing to one of these majors to formulate a plan of study. BS in Biotechnology majors consult with the Biotechnology advisor. BS in Biology Education majors consult with Biology Secondary Education advisor. BS in Integrated Studies must also consult with the Integrated Studies advisor. Those interested in Regulatory Affairs need to speak with the Regulatory Affairs Program Director.

Students interested in a career in biology or related field are encouraged to earn at least a baccalaureate degree (BS). Many professions (e.g., pharmacy, medicine) require additional post-baccalaureate education. The UVU AS/AA degree is intended for students who plan to use it as a first step toward a baccalaureate degree. The AS/AA degree may be granted to those who do not continue in a bachelor’s program and meet the minimum requirements. The Departmental Bachelor of Science Degrees may be used for entry into a career or in preparation for post-baccalaureate (for masters and doctoral degrees) or professional education (e.g., medical, dental) education. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Studies, Biology emphasis is available. Please see Biology advisors for more information.

 
 

Faculty

Virginia Bayer(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biological Science, B.A., Classical Languages, University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Medical Sciences-Neuroscience, Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Science; D.V.M., Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Mark Bracken(1997)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S, Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, Brigham Young University.

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James Bradshaw(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biochemistry & Cell Biology, University of California-San Diego; Ph.D. Physiology & Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University.

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Paul Bybee(1994)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



A.S., General Science, B.S., Zoology/Botany/Geology, Weber State University; M.S., Ecology, Ph.D., Zoology (Comparative Evolutionary Biology, Vertebrate Paleontology), Brigham Young University.

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Eric Domyan(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, M.Ed., Education, Ohio State University; Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Sara Flood(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, The University of Guelph, Ontairo, Canada; M.ForSci., Ph.D., Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, The University of Western Australia;

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Michaela Gazdik(2016)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biotechnology, Rutgers University; M.S., Ph.D., Biomedical sciences, State University of New York-Albany.

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Lawrence Gray(1998)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Wichita State University; M.S., Zoology and Entomology, Colorado State University; Ph.D., Zoology, Arizona State University.

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James Harris(1986)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Botany, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Botany, University of Alberta.

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Emily Holt(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.A., Biology, Colorado College; M.S., Botany, University of Wyoming; Ph.D., Botany, Oregon State University.

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Colleen Hough(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine; M.S., Microbiology, Washington State University; Ph.D., Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine.

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Mark Huynh(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Utah Valley University; M.S., Genetics & Biotechnology, Brigham Young University.

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Jorma Kirsi(2001)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Zoology, M.S., Ph.D., Microbiology, Brigham Young University.

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Olga Kopp(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



Ph.D., Botany, University of Tennessee.

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Ruhul Kuddus(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Rajendra College of the University of Dhaka, Dhaka Bangladesh; M.S., Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka Bangladesh; M.S., Biology, George Mason University; Ph.D., Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry (Microbiology), University of Pittsburgh.

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Clinton Laidlaw(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Zoology, Biological Sciences, Colorado State University; M.S., Ph.D. (ABD), Biological Sciences, Brigham Youn University.

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T. Ogden(2009)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Zoology, Ph.D., Integrative Biology, Brigham Young University; M.S., with mention in Zoology, Universidad de Concepción.

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Bruce Parker(1992)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Microbiology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Biology, Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Utah State University.

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James Price(1999)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.A., Biology, University of California; Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Colorado.

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Robert Robbins(1995)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Botany, Iowa State University; M.S., Ph.D., Botany, University of Illinois.

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Michael Shively(1992)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



M.S., Ph.D., Anatomy, D.V.M., Purdue University.

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Catherine Stephen(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.A., Ecology Evolution Behavior, University of California; Ph.D., Genetics, Texas A & M University.

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Michael Stevens(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Ph.D., Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Sebstien Tauzin(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Bordeaux1; Ph.D., Cell Biology & Physiopathology, University of Geneva.

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Richard Tolman(2002)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., General Science Composite, M.S.Ed., Science Education, University of Utah; Ph.D., Science Education, Oregon State.

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Renee Van Buren(1995)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Botany, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Botany, Arizona State University.

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Wayne Whaley(1991)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S, Ph.D., Zoology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Arizona.

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Heather Wilson-Ashworth(2000)

Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.A., Math Education, Ph.D., Physiology and Anatomy, Brigham Young University.

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