Degree plan

GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)
01. ENG 101
02. ENG 102

GEC 02. Natural Sciences and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)
Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)(Major Area)
01. Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111/L
  • AST 112/L
  • BSC 103/L****
  • BSC 110/L*/****
  • BSC 111/L*/****
  • BSC 250/L
  • BSC 251/L
  • CHE 104/L
  • CHE 106/L*
  • CHE 107/L*
  • GHY 104/L
  • GHY 105/L
  • GLY 101/L
  • GLY 103/L
  • MAR 151/L
  • PHY 103/L
  • PHY 111/L*
  • PHY 112/L*
  • PHY 201/L
  • PHY 202/L
  • PSC 190/L

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)
02. Select 1 course

  • MAT 100***
  • MAT 101
  • Higher-level MAT course*

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)

01. ENG 203
02. Select 2 courses, one History required:

  • HIS 101
  • HIS 102
  • PHI 151
  • PHI 171
  • REL 131

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • ART 130
  • DAN 130
  • MUS 165
  • THE 100

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

01. Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101
  • COH 100
  • ECO 101
  • GHY 101
  • PS 101
  • PSY 110
  • SOC 101

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (3 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • CSS 211
  • CSS 240
  • CSS 330
  • CSS 333
  • PSY360 

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (3 hours)

01. ENG 333 (WI) or any upper-level approved WI class

ENG 101 & ENG 102 Prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (3 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 (SI)
  • CMS 305 (SI)
  • CMS 320 (SI)
  • CMS 330 (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)

01. BSC 497 (Capstone)

Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

****GEC restrictions apply. View a full description of the GEC.

GEC06 – GEC 09 courses are specific to the major.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (33-45 hours)

Students must complete a minimum of 3 laboratory-based courses at the 300-400 level in Department of Biological Sciences. BSC 380/L may be used as 1 of the 3 upper level lab courses if taken at the 300- or 400-level. BSC 492 Special Problems may be substituted with Departmental permission. Cannot use non-majors courses (BSC 392 or BSC 399).

01. BSC 110/L*

02. BSC 111/L*

03. BSC 197

04. BSC 201/L

05. BSC 226/L

06. BSC 340

07. BSC 360

08. BSC 370

09. BSC 380/L

10. Select 3-5 hours:

  • BSC 431/L
  • BSC 450
  • BSC 451
  • BSC 452
  • BSC 453
  • BSC 454L
  • BSC 487/L

11. Select 6-8 hours of 300- or 400-level courses from the Department of Biological Sciences.

12. BSC 497 (Capstone)                                           

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (24-27 hours)

01. CHE 106/L*

02. CHE 107/L*

03. CHE 255/L

04. CHE 256/L

05. Select 1 course*****:

  • MAT 114*
  • MAT 167*

06. PHY 111/L*

07. PHY 112/L*

DEG 03. Electives

01.  Choose electives as needed with advisor’s approval
(See Hours to Degree below.)

*****Calculus is required for this major. Students may enter MAT 167 directly if Math ACT sub score is 26 or higher.  If Math ACT sub score is 24-25, MAT 103 must be completed. If Math ACT sub score is less than 24, MAT 101 and MAT 103 must be completed.

HOURS TO DEGREE

124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Biological Sciences. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The last 25 percent of course work must be earned from Southern Miss. The student must earn at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss.