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Essential Studies

The Essential Studies Program at Chadron State College provides an integrated, coherent learning experience to prepare students for a life of responsible inquiry.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will exhibit a strong knowledge base and the skills to be lifelong learners.
    • Students will exhibit a strong foundational knowledge to be able to acquire new information and apply scientific reasoning to critically evaluate information.
    • Students will apply logical reasoning and organizational skills to integrate new information into their functional knowledge base.
    • Students will integrate information from different scales of view and demonstrate understanding of components and emergent properties among different levels of living systems.
  2. Students will be prepared for their profession in the science discipline.
    • Students will articulate the interrelatedness of science, technology, and society, and effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a diverse audience.
    • Students will embody the professional characteristics appropriate for their chosen career.
    • Students will effectively utilize scientific inquiry and reasoning to address issues within their profession.

The Degree of Bachelor of Science with a Comprehensive Major in Biology

A student must complete the core requirements, an option, and the Essential Studies requirements. Students pursuing a comprehensive major in biology should take MATH 232 as their Essential Studies Math requirement.

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 311 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 332/332L Genetics & Lab 4
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 410 Biology Seminar II 1
BIOL 458 Evolution 3

CHEM 131/131L & 132/132L

CHEM 140/140L*

College Chemistry I/II & Labs

OR Survey of Chemistry & Lab

8

4

CHEM 335/335L

CHEM 433/433L

Biochemistry I & Lab

OR Environmental Chemistry & Lab

4

 

 

 
Total hours 29-33
*Specified in options.  Students should look at option requirements and career expectations/graduate program entrance requirements and discuss with faculty advisor whether CHEM 140/140L or CHEM 131/131L and CHEM 132/132L is appropriate.
 

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Biological Resources Option 

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements 29
  (should complete CHEM 140/140L and CHEM 433/433L)  
BIOL 336/336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 337 Environmental Management 3
BIOL 431/431L Entomology & Lab 3
BIOL 435/435L

BIOL 220/220L
Mammology & Lab
OR
Comparative Anatomy
3

4
BIOL 438/438L Taxonomy of Plants & Lab 3
BIOL 444/444L Limnology & Lab 3
BIOL 390 

BIOL 409
Internship in Biology
OR
Senior Biology Research
1
BIOL 439/439L Plant Physiology & Lab 3
  Elective from list below 3
BIOL 238/238L Plant Morphology & Lab 4
BIOL 239/239L Animal Classification & Lab 4
BIOL 314 Biotechnology 3
BIOL 401/401L Ornithology & Lab 3
BIOL 427 Biology of Populations 3
CHEM 314 Biotechnology 3
Required Total 55

Students entering the Environmental Resource Management field are encouraged to pursue a minor in Applied Statistics, Chemistry, Geoscience, Water Resource Management, or Wildlife Management.

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General Biology Option

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements
(should complete CHEM 140/140L)
29
BIOL 220/220L

BIOL 435/435L
Comparative Anatomy
OR
Mammalogy & Lab
4

3
BIOL 238/238L Plant Morphology & Lab 4
BIOL 239/239L Animal Classification & Lab 4
BIOL 336/336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 432/432L

BIOL 430
Developmental Biology & Lab
OR
Immunology
3
BIOL 449

BIOL 314
Molecular Biology
OR
Biotechnology
3
CHEM 231/231L Survey of Organice Chemistry & Lab 4
Upper Division Biology Elective 3
Total hours 56-57

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Human Biology Option 

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements
(must complete CHEM 335/335L)
(should complete CHEM 131/131L and CHEM 132/132L)
29
BIOL 340/340L Human Anatomy & Lab 4
BIOL 342/342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 432/432L Developmental Biology & Lab 3
BIOL 449 Molecular Biology 3
CHEM 231/231L* Survey of Org Chemistry & Lab 4
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology 3
  Students must choose two of the following:  
BIOL 343/343 L  Parasitology & Lab 3
BIOL 430 Immunology 3
BIOL 433/433L Human Biomechanics & Lab 3
BIOL 456/456L Pathogenic Micro & Lab 3
Total hours 56

*Student should look at career/professional program entrance requirements and discuss with faculty advisor whether CHEM 231/231L or CHEM 333/333L and 334/334L is appropriate.

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Molecular Biology Option 

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements
(CHEM 131/131L and 132/132L recommended)
29
BIOL 314 Biotechnology 3
BIOL 390

BIOL 409
Internship in Biology
OR
Senior Biology Research
3
BIOL 430

BIOL 432/432L
Immunology
OR
Developmental Biol & Lab
3
BIOL 436B Introduction to Scientific Research 2
BIOL 449 Molecular Biology 3
CHEM 231/231L Survey of Org Chemistry & Lab 4
PHYS 151/151L College Physics I & Lab 4
  Biology Electives 6
Total hours 57

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Organismal Biology Option

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements
(CHEM 335/335L recommended)
29
AGRI 427/427L Animal Anatomy and Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 239/239L Animal Classification & Lab 4
BIOL 238/238L

BIOL 439/439L
Plant Morphology & Lab
OR
Plant Physiology & Lab
4

3
BIOL 336/336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 337 Environmental Management 3
BIOL 343/343L

BIOL 431/431L
Parasitology & Lab
OR
Entomology & Lab
3
BIOL 438/438L Taxonomy of Plants & Lab 3
BIOL 390

BIOL 409
Internship in Biology
OR
Senior Biology
1
GEOS 322 Introduction to GIS 3
Required Total  56-57

To enhance employment potential it is recommended that the student complement this degree with a minor in Chemistry, Geoscience, Wildlife Management or Applied Statistics.

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Subject Endorsement in Biology (7-12)

A student must complete the following program in addition to the Professional Education, and Essential Studies Program requirements. Students pursuing this endorsement must complete MATH 138 as the Essential Studies Outcome #4 requirement and PHYS 435 as the Essential Studies Outcome #9 requirements. A final grade of “C” or better must be attained in all endorsement area courses.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology& Lab 4
BIOL 220/220L Comparative Anatomy & Lab 4
BIOL 310 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 314 Biotechnology 3
BIOL 332/332L Genetics & Lab 4
BIOL 336/336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 410 Biology Seminar II 1
CHEM 140/140L* Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 231/231L** Survey of Org. Chem & Lab 4
GEOS 231/231L Physical Geology & Lab 4
PHYS 151/151L College Physics I & Lab 4
     
Total hours 44

*CHEM 131/131L and CHEM 132/132L may be substituted. See Biology advisor.
**CHEM 233/233L and CHEM 234/234L may be substituted. See Biology advisor.

Students interested in pursuing science education should also reference the natural science field endorsement, middle grades specialization, and elementary science minor under Physical Sciences.

 

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Minors in Life Sciences

Minor in Biology

A student must complete the program listed below in addition to the Essential Studies Requirements and a major in another discipline.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 138/138L General Biology: Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139/139L General Biology: Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 332/332L Genetics & Lab 4
BIOL 336/336L General Ecology & Lab 3
Upper Division Biology Electives* 6
Total hours 21
*Students selecting this minor are strongly encouraged to seek counsel with biology faculty to determine appropriate electives. Where appropriate, BIOL 341/341L could fulfill a portion of the required electives.

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Minor in Human Biology

A student must complete the program below in addition to the Essential Studies requirements and a major in another discipline.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Phys I & Lab 4
BIOL 242/242L Anatomy & Phys II & Lab 4
BIOL 332 Genetics & Lab 4
   
Total hours 20

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Minor in Plant Sciences

A student must complete the program below in addition to the Essential Studies requirements and a major outside of the Biology discipline.

Number Course Title Hours
AGRI 245/245L Principles of Soil Science & Lab 4
AGRI 339/339L Range Plant Identification & Lab 3
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 336/336L General Ecology & Lab 3
BIOL 438/438L Taxonomy of Plants & Lab 3
BIOL 439/439L Plant Physiology & Lab 3
     
Total hours 20

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Minor in Organismal Biology

This minor is recommended for students interested in organismal biology and enrolled in a major other than biology. 

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 138/138L General Biology: Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139/139L General Biology: Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 336/336L General Ecology 3
BIOL 343/343L

BIOL 431/431L
Parasitology
OR
Entomology
3
BIOL 444/444L

BIOL 220/220L
Limnology

Comparative Anatomy
3

4
BIOL 438/438L  Taxonomy of Plants 3
Required Total 20-21
To satisfy wildlife elective and to enhance employment potential students are recommended to take courses from the following: AGRI 245/245L, 339/339L, 428/428L, 436, BIOL 427/527, 443/543, GEOS 321, 322, MATH 232.

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