ITEM 112-2006-R0901������������ Authorization to Change the Name of the Biology Option within the Existing Biological Sciences Degree to Organismal Biology Option; Montana State University-Bozeman

 

THAT:����������������������������������� The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Montana State University-Bozeman to change the name of the Biology Option within the Existing Biological Sciences Degree to the Organismal Biology Option.

 

EXPLANATION:�������������������� Most professional positions in biology require completion of one or more graduate degrees.� The organismal biology option provides the basic formal background required for application to programs of graduate studies in plant or animal biology at the whole-organism (as opposed to molecular or cellular) level, while allowing students the greatest flexibility in selecting those biology courses which best meet their interests and objectives.� It accomplishes this by leaving 24 of the 44 required credits in biology unspecified.� In addition, students can use the elective credits to develop strength in a second area that may enhance their prospects of gaining employment with a bachelor's degree or their prospects of acceptance into specialized graduate programs.�