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 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.

GEC 06 – GEC 09 courses are specific to the major.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (41-52 hours)

01. BSC 110/L*
02. BSC 111/L*
03. BSC 197
04. BSC 201/L
05. BSC 226/L
06. BSC 305
07. BSC 340
08. BSC 370
09. BSC 380/L                                    
10. Select 3-4 hours:

  • BSC 360
  • BSC 431/L
  • BSC 450 
  • BSC 451 
  • BSC 452 
  • BSC 453 
  • BSC 487/L

11. Select 3-4 hours:

  • BSC 382 
  • BSC 435/L 
  • BSC 440/L 
  • BSC 442/L 
  • BSC 472 
  • BSC 483 
  • BSC 489/L

12. Select 8 hours:

  • BSC 407/L 
  • BSC 408/L
  • BSC 409/L
  • BSC 411/L 
  • BSC 413/L 
  • BSC 414/L 
  • BSC 415/L 
  • BSC 417/L
  • BSC 418/L 
  • BSC 419/L       
  • BSC 421/L 
  • BSC 427/L 
  • BSC 429/L 
  • BSC 430/L       
  • BSC 433/L 
  • BSC 434/L 
  • BSC 455/L 
  • BSC 458/L       
  • BSC 459/L

13. Select 3-4 hours:

  • BSC 406 
  • BSC 436/L 
  • BSC 441/L 
  • BSC 443/L 
  • BSC 444/L or BSC 445/L

14. 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 Science with an emphasis in Environmental Biology. 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