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Recommended Academic Plan

Biology, B.S. (BIOAL)

General Biology Option

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Semester 1 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 1Credits
BIOL 110: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity4
CHEM 110: Chemical Principles I3
CHEM 111: Experimental Chemistry I1
MATH 140: Calculus With Analytic Geometry I4
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS), Humanities (GH)3
First-Year Seminar (FYS)1
Total Credits16
Semester 2 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 2Credits
BIOL 220W: Populations and Communities or BIOL 240W: Function and Development of Organisms4
CHEM 112: Chemical Principles II3
CHEM 113: Experimental Chemistry II1
MATH 141: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 (GWS): Honors Freshman Composition3
Total Credits15
Semester 3 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 3Credits
BIOL 230W: Biology: Molecules and Cells4
CHEM 202: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I OR CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS 250: Introductory Physics I**4
Select From Arts (GA), Social and Behavorial Sciences (GS), Humanities (GH)3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits15.5
Semester 4 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 4Credits
BIOL 220W: Populations and Communities OR BIOL 240W: Function and Development of Organisms4
CHEM 203: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II, OR CHEM 212:  Organic Chemistry II and 213: Laboratory in Organic Chemistry3 or 5
PHYS 251: Introductory Physics II **4
Select From CAS 100: Effective Speech, STAT 200: Elementary Statistics, STAT 250: Introduction to Biostatistics3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits15.5
Semester 5 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 5Credits
Select From ENGL 202A: Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences, ENGL 202B: Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities, ENGL 202C:  Effective Writing: Technical Writing OR ENGL 202D: Effective Writing: Business Writing (ENGL 202C preferred)3
Select From CAS 100: Effective Speech, STAT 200: Elementary Statistics, STAT 250: Introduction to Biostatistics3
Group Selection / Supporting Course*3
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS), Humanities (GH)3
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Semester 6 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 6Credits
Group Selection/Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS), Humanties (GH) 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Semester 7 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 7Credits
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Semester 8 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
8th Semester:Credits
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

Group Selection: Select a minimum of 15 credits of 400-level Biology Courses, with at least 3 credits from each of the following groups. Each course may be used to satisfy a requirement in only one group

Group 1: Plant and Fungi
Biol 414, Biol 441, Biol 444

Group 2: Evolutionary Biology
Biol 414, Biol 417, Biol 421, Biol 427

Group 3: Genetics
Biol 416, Biol 422, Biol 430

Group 4: Ecology
Biol 412, Biol 414, Biol 417, Biol 429, Biol 435, Biol 444, Biol 450W, Biol 464

Group 5: Animal Physiology
Biol 413, Biol 416, Biol 421, Biol 430, Biol 469, Biol 472

Group 6: Practicum
Biol 414, Biol 417, Biol 421, Biol 444, Biol 450W, Biol 473, Biol 496



* Consult with your advisor for suggestions of supporting courses

** Students may elect to take the calculus-based physics sequence (Phys 211, 212, 213, 214) in place of the Algebra-based Physics (Phys 250, Phys 251)


Ecology Option

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Semester 1 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 1:Credits
BIOL 110: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity4
CHEM 110: Chemical Principles I3
CHEM 111: Experimental Chemistry I1
MATH 140: Calculus With Analytic Geometry I4
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS), Humanities (GH)3
First-Year Seminar (FYS)1
Total Credits16
Semester 2 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 2:Credits
BIOL 220W: Populations and Communities OR BIOL 240W: Function and Development of Organisms4
CHEM 112: Chemical Principles II3
CHEM 113: Experimental Chemistry II1
MATH 141: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 (GWS): Honors Freshman Composition3
Total Credits15
Semester 3 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 3:Credits
BIOL 230W: Molecules and Cells4
CHEM 202: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I OR CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS 250: Introductory Physics
I **
4
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS), Humanities (GH)3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits15.5
Semester 4 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 4:Credits
BIOL 220W: Populations and Communities or BIOL 240W: Function and Development of Organisms4
CHEM 203: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II, OR CHEM 212 and 213: Organic Chemistry II3 or 5
PHYS 251: Introductory Physics
II **
4
Select From CAS 100: Effective Speech, STAT 200: Elementary Statistics, STAT 250: Introduction to Biostatistics3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits15.5
Semester 5 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 5:Credits
Select From ENGL 202A: Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences, ENGL 202B: Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities, ENGL 202C:  Effective Writing: Technical Writing OR ENGL 202D: Effective Writing: Business Writing (ENGL 202C preferred)3
Select From CAS 100: Effective Speech, STAT 200: Elementary Statistics, STAT 250: Introduction to Biostatistics3
Group Selection / Supporting Course*3
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS), Humanities (GH)3
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Semester 6 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 6:Credits
STAT 462: Applied Regression Analysis OR STAT 464: Applied Nonparametric Statistics3
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS), Humanities (GH)3
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Semester 7 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 7:Credits
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course  
Group Selection / Supporting Course  
Group Selection / Supporting Course  
Group Selection / Supporting Course  
Semester 8 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 8:Credits
Group Selection / Supporting Course  
Group Selection / Supporting Course  
Group Selection / Supporting Course  
Group Selection / Supporting Course  
Group Selection / Supporting Course  

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

Group Selection: Select a minimum of 12 credits of 400-level Biology Courses, with at least 6 credits from group 1, 3 credits from group 2, and 3 credits from group 3. Each course ay be used to satisfy a requirement in only one group.

Group 1: Population/Community Ecology
Biol 412, Biol 435, Biol 444, Biol 450W

Group 2: Evolutionary Biology
Biol 414, Biol 421, Biol 427

Group 3: Functional Biology
Biol 417

Group 4: Practicum
Biol 414, Biol 417, Biol 444, Biol 450W, Biol 496


* Consult with your advisor for suggestions of supporting courses

** Students may elect to take the calculus-based physics sequence (Phys 211, 212, 213, 214) in place of the Algebra-based Physics (Phys 250, Phys 251)


Vertebrate Physiology Option

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Semester 1 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 1:Credits
BIOL 110: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity4
CHEM 110: Chemical Principles I3
CHEM 111: Experimental Chemistry I1
MATH 140: Calculus With Analytic Geometry I4
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) Humanities (GH)3
First-Year Seminar (FYS)1
Total Credits16
Semester 2 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 2:Credits
BIOL 220W: Populations and Communities OR BIOL 240W: Function and Development of Organisms 4
CHEM 112: Chemical Principles II3
CHEM 113: Experimental Chemistry II1
MATH 141: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 (GWS): Honors Freshman Composition3
Total Credits15
Semester 3 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 3:Credits
BIOL 230W: Molecules and Cells4
CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS 250: Introductory Physics I4
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS), Humanities (GH)3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits15.5
Semester 4 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 4:Credits
BIOL 220W: Populations and Communities OR BIOL 240W: Function and Development of Organisms4
CHEM 212: Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 213: Laboratory in Organic Chemistry2
PHYS 251: Introductory Physics II 4
Select From CAS 100: Effective Speech, STAT 200: Elementary Statistics, STAT 250: Introduction to Biostatistics3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits17.5
Semester 5 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 5:Credits
Select From ENGL 202A: Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences, ENGL 202B: Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities, ENGL 202C:  Effective Writing: Technical Writing OR ENGL 202D: Effective Writing: Business Writing (ENGL 202C preferred)3
BIOL 472: Mammalian Physiology3
BIOL 473: Laboratory in Mammalian Physiology2
Select From CAS 100: Effective Speech, STAT 200: Elementary Statistics, STAT 250: Introduction to Biostatistics3
Group Selection / Supporting Course* 
Semester 6 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 6:Credits
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) Humanities (GH)3
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Semester 7 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 7:Credits
BMB 401: General Biochemistry3
Arts (GA), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS), Humanities (GH)3
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Semester 8 Plan for BIOAL at Penn State Altoona
Semester 8:Credits
BMB 402: General Biochemistry 3
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 
Group Selection / Supporting Course 

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

Group Selection: Select a minimum of 12 credits of 400-level Biology Courses, with at least 6 credits from group 1, 3 credits from group 2, and 3 credits from group 3. Each course ay be used to satisfy a requirement in only one group.

Group 1: Physiology
Biol 412, Biol 413, Biol 416, Biol 421, Biol 430, Biol 469

Group 2: Evolutionary Biology
Biol 414, Biol 417, Biol 421, Biol 427

Group 3: Practicum
Biol 414, Biol 417, Biol 421, Biol 444, Biol 450W, Biol 473, Biol 496


* Consult with your advisor for suggestions of supporting courses


For more information:

Laura Palmer

Dr. Laura K. Palmer

Associate Professor of Biology
Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Office: 206 Hawthorn Building
Phone: 814-949-5205
Email: @psu.edu
WWW: http://www.personal.psu.edu/lkp3

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Corien Bakermans

Dr. Corien Bakermans

Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Office: 204 Hawthorn Building
Phone: 814-940-3313
Email: @psu.edu
WWW: http://www.personal.psu.edu/cub21

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