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Charles E. Schmidt College of Science


Undergraduate Degrees


Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS)

Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS) The BS degree is recommended for students planning to be professional biologists in industry or governmental service or for graduate work in the biological sciences. Students interested in the following areas should pursue the BS degree in Biology: Premed/Pre Professional, Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or Biotechnology. The current Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS) consists of a three tier system. All students who are interested in the BS degree in Biology must complete all of the courses in Tier I. A total of 27 credits must be completed between Tiers II and III. (A minimum of 12 credits must be completed from Tier II). Please check with the department of biological sciences if you have further questions. Students working towards the BS in Biology can choose from the below areas of emphasis


Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior

The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior is a degree program jointly offered by the Psychology and Biological Sciences department. It is recommended for students planning to become professional scientists in industry, governmental service or for graduate work. The program is particularly suited for students interested in pursuing a subsequent medical degree or a PhD in the Neuroscience area, both of which are offered at FAU (see http://www.science.fau.edu/neuroscience/ or http://med.fau.edu/medicine).

For more information about the requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior, click here http://www.fau.edu/freshmanadvising/pdf/2011_2012/2011-2012_Neuroscience_and_Behavior_Major.pdf


Bachelor of Arts in Biology (BA)

The BA degree is intended to provide maximum flexibility for students pursuing study in interdisciplinary areas such as environmental science or secondary school teaching.


Minor in Biological Sciences

A minor in Biological Sciences consists of a minimum of 19 credits in biology courses, to include biodiversity with Lab (BSC 1011, 1011 L). Biological Principles with Lab (BSC 1010, 1010L). Principles of Ecology (PCB 4043), and additional courses at the 3000 level or above, at least one of which must be a lab course. All courses must be completed with a grade of “ C-“ or better.

Certificate Programs

Biotechnology Certificate Program

The Biotechnology Certificate Program is open to all FAU Biology and Chemistry students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and all students with a Bachelors degree in Biology or Chemistry regardless of the institution. This program is designed to encourage and recognize students preparing for a career in biotechnology. In addition to the requirements for the bachelors' degree sought, students must complete the following courses, or the equivalent with the indicated minimum grade. MCB 3023--General Microbiology -- (3 credits) C- MCB 3023--General Microbiology laboratory-(1 credits)B- BSC 4403--Biotechnology I laboratory -- (2 credits) B- BSC 4405L--Biotechnology II laboratory -- (2 credits) B- BCH 3103L--Biochemistry laboratory -- (3 credits) B- PCB 3063--Genetics -- (4 credits) C- Students in other departments who feel they may have, or will have, equivalent academic experience should contact Dr. Binninger, SC 210, (561) 297-3323 or Email address: binninge@fau.edu. There are no fees or charges associated with this program above those for normal class registrations.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Science

The Environmental Studies Certificate Program allows students to explore environmental issues through a broadly-based interdisciplinary program. The program is designed to: introduce students to the major environmental issues facing our rapidly-changing society; to provide in-depth analysis in several areas of study, including such vital concerns as environmental health, environmental ethics, management strategies for our global and local natural resources, environmental planning and policies, and environmental economics. Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree may pursue the certificate as a non-degree-seeking student, or in conjunction with a second bachelor's degree. All courses taken in the curriculum may be applied toward other general and specific graduation requirements, and courses taken to fulfill other requirements may be applied to the certificate curriculum.

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Honors Programs

Honors Thesis Program

The Honors Thesis Program in the Department of Biological Sciences prepares our undergraduate students for their careers as biologists. Choosing a career path is among the harder decisions in life. We have developed the Honors Thesis Program to help guide you in this process. Whether you are pursuing a professional or academic career, the experience and skills gained while working in a faculty member’s research laboratory are invaluable. The program is designed to allow undergraduates to develop and work on their own research projects while being mentored by one of our faculty members. The classroom component associated with this program is designed to develop student skills in research design, oral and written presentation, and publication.

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FAU Honors Program

FAU recognizes superior academic performance by granting baccalaureate degrees of distinction to undergraduates who have earned at least 45 credits at FAU. The breakdown for Commencement Honors for the College of Science is as follows:

Summa Cum Laude: 3.90

Magna Cum Laude: 3.70

Cum Laude: 3.50








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