Biological Sciences

BIOL 1107: Principles of Biology I

Four credits ($200). Offered Fall, Spring, or Full-year. May be taken in either order.

Designed to provide a foundation for more advanced courses in Biology and related sciences. Topics covered include molecular and cell biology, animal anatomy and physiology. Lab exercises include dissection of preserved animals.

Eligibility Guidelines: Student must have studied/been exposed to the fundamental basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry in a course that in addition contains a laboratory component.


BIOL 1108: Principles of Biology II

Four credits ($200). Offered Fall, Spring, or Full-year. May be taken in either order.

Designed to provide a foundation for more advanced courses in Biology and related sciences. Topics covered include evolution and population genetics, plant physiology and diversity, animal diversity and behavior, and ecology.

Eligibility Guidelines: Student must have studied/been exposed to the fundamental basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry in a course that in addition contains a laboratory component.


Instructor Certification Requirements:

The minimum degree requirement for instructors wishing to teach UConn ECE biology courses will be a Masters degree in a subject area, such as cell biology or animal physiology, and have at a minimum 3 years of teaching experience at or above the high school level in the biological sciences. Additionally, the candidate should present on transcripts a diverse and deep breadth of course work and laboratory course work as both an undergraduate and as a graduate student and per degree post a 3.00 or higher Total Science GPA. Of further note, each degree must be of Science: B.S., and M.S.. Applicants will not be considered unless they also provide a detailed lecture and lab syllabus for their proposed Bio1107/1108 courses with their application. Certification also requires an interview with the ECE Biology Coordinator at the Storrs campus.

Applicants for Biology 1107/1108 should have documented successful completion of coursework in the following areas:

  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Additionally, Biology 1107 applicants should present successful completion of previous course work in the following:

  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Cell biology
  • Animal Physiology, Comparative Anatomy or Human Physiology
  • One semester of Biochemistry is recommended

Additionally, Biology 1108 applicants should present successful completion of previous course work in the following:

  • Plant Physiology or Botany
  • Ecology or Environmental/ Conservation Science
  • Invertebrate and Vertebrate Zoology
  • Evolution Theory
  • Animal behavior is recommended

Other factors that contribute to certification include: prior teaching experience.

Instructor Resources:

BIOL 1107 Sample Syllabus (PDF)
BIOL 1107 Sample Lab Syllabus (PDF)
BIOL 1108 Sample Syllabus (PDF)
BIOL 1108 Sample Lab Syllabus (PDF)
Biology Handbook 2020 (PDF)

Notes: The University’s Biology Department will provide exit exams.