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Botany, B.S.

Requirements

Students interested in botany, or related fields, are strongly encouraged to earn at least a baccalaureate degree (BS). To be competitive in the job market additional post-baccalaureate education is suggested. The BS degree in Botany may be used for entry into a career or in preparation for graduate (Masters/ PhD) or professional schools (medical, pharmacy etc.).

Total Program Credits: 120.5

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. BIOL 1610 with C- or higher and approval of Biology Department adviser.
General Education Requirements: 39 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
  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 4
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 57.5 Credits
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  BIOL 1620 College Biology II 3
  BIOL 1625 College Biology II Laboratory 1
  BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
  BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
and BIOL 3505 Genetics Tutorial 0.5
  BIOL 4500 Principles of Evolution 3
  BIOL 494R Seminar 1
  BOT 2100 Flora of Utah 3
or BOT 4300 Native Trees and Shrubs of Utah (3.0)
  BOT 2400 Plant Kingdom 4
  BOT 3700 Plant Ecology 3
and BOT 3705 Plant Ecology Laboratory 1
  BOT 4100 Plant Anatomy 4
  BOT 4200 Vascular Plant Taxonomy 3
  BOT 4600 Plant Physiology 3
and BOT 4605 Plant Physiology Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
or MATH 1060 Trigonometry (3.0)
and MATH 1210 Calculus I (5.0)  
  MICR 3450 General Microbiology 3
and MICR 3455 General Microbiology Laboratory 1
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I 4
  PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab 1
Elective Requirements: 24 Credits
  Additional credits to meet credit and upper-division requirements. 24

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete the required minimum credit hours.
  2. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  3. If an AA or AS degree has been earned, a maximum of 64 of these credits may apply toward the BS.
  4. At least 30 credit hours in residence at UVU or satellite sites are required, with 10 hours earned during the last 45 hours.
  5. A minimum of 40 credits must be upper-division (numbered 3000 or above).
  6. A minimum of 40 credits must be in the Biology Department (BIOL, BOT, BTEC, MICR, or ZOOL prefixes), 30 of which must be upper-division. A minimum of nine Biology Department credits must be taken at UVU.
  7. Complete discipline core courses with a grade of "C-" or higher in each course.
  8. Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 with a minimum GPA of 2.25 in Biology Department courses.
  9. Complete the appropriate application for graduation form.
  10. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track .

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1610 College Biology 1 4
BIOL 1615 College Biology 1 Lab 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
Fine Arts Distribution 3
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1620 College Biology 2 3
BIOL 1625 College Biology 2 Lab 1
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing- Science and Technology 3
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry 1 Lab 1
Humanities Distribution 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry 2 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry 2 Lab 1
MATH 2040 or MATH 1060 and MATH 1210 Principles of Statistics or Trigonometry and Calculus 4
BOT 2400 Plant Kingdom 4
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 3500/3505 Genetics/Genetics Tutorial 3.5
CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1
Social/Behavioral Science Distribution 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life or Personal Health and Wellness 2
American Institutions Distribution 3
  Semester total: 16.5
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
BOT 3700 Plant Ecology 3
BOT 3705 Plant Ecology Lab 1
BIOL 3400 Cell Biology 3
CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry 2 (elective) 4
CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry 2 Lab (elective) 1
Elective Upper Division course from Biol, Bot, Micr, or Zool 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
BOT 4100 Plant Anatomy 4
BOT 4200 Vascular Plant Taxonomy 3
BIOL 3800 Conservation Biology (elective) 3
PHYS 2010 College Physics 1 4
PHYS 2015 College Physics 1 Lab 1
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 4500 Principles of Evolution 3
MICR 3450 General Microbiology 3
MICR 3455 General Microbiology Lab 1
PHYS 2020 College Physics 2 (elective) 4
PHYS 2025 College Physics 2 Lab (elective) 1
BOT 2100 or BOT 4300 Flora of Utah or Native Trees and Shrubs of Utah 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 494R Senior Seminar 1
BOT 4600 Plant Physiology 3
BOT 4605 Plant Physiology Lab 1
Electives Upper Division courses from Biol, Bot, Micr, or Zool 7
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 120.5

Department

Name:

Biology

Location:

SB 243

Telephone:

801-863-8511

Email:

korstaal@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/biology/

Chair:

Virginia E. Bayer

 
 

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:
    Terrell Wyche
  • Office: PS 201
  • Telephone: 801-863-6208
  • Email: TWyche@uvu.edu

  • Biotechnology:
    Thayne Dickey
  • Office: PS 201
  • Telephone: 801-863-6791
  • Email: DICKEYTH@uvu.edu

  • Secondary Education: 
    Richard Tolman
  • Office: SB 242f
  • Telephone: 801-863-6229
  • Email: tolmanri@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 Degree or Associate in Arts with a pre-major in Biology; Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Studies (IS) with a Biology emphasis, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science in Biology Education, and Bachelor of Science Degree 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 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 (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
Department Chair, Department Chair



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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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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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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Haven McCall(2014)

Professional In Residence

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Business Administration, Northern Arizona University; M.S., D.R.Sc., Regulatory Science, University of Southern California.

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T. Ogden(2009)

Assistant 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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Glendon Parker(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Faculty



B.S., Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine, Monash 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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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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