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BS in Biology


The BS program in biology provides students with a biological and physical science foundation on which they can build a graduate degree in natural science or enter the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry or education.

Those choosing to end their formal education with the bachelor's degree will have a sufficient level of sophistication in biological science to assume a variety of positions with research institutions, governmental agencies or industry.

Curriculum + Requirements

Biological Science Core Requirements (15 credits) 

Course Title Credits
BIO 150/150L General Biology with lab 4
BIO 151/151L Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics with lab 4
BIO 152/152L Ecological & Biological Diversity with lab 4
BIO 298 Research Methods 3

Physical Science Core Requirements (24 credits)

Course Title Credits
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I with lab 4
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab 4
CHE 210/210L Organic Chemistry I with lab 4
CHE 211/211L Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
PHY 110/110L General Physics I with lab 4
PHY 111/111L General Physics II with lab 4

Biology Electives

Students must take a minimum of one course from each category: Molecular and Cellular; Organismal; Physiology; Experiential Learning (with a biological component). Co-requisite courses must be taken simultaneously. 

Molecular and Cellular Electives
Course Title Credits
BIO 240 Cell Communication 3
BIO 282/282L Genetics with lab 4
BIO 317/317L Developmental Biology with lab 4
BIO 346/346L Cell Physiology with lab 4
BIO 382 Human Genetics 4
BIO 471/471L Molecular Genetics with lab 4

Organismal Electives
Course Title Credits
BIO 323/323L Invertebrate Zoology with lab 4
BIO 328/328L Human Clinical Parasitology with lab 4
BIO 352/352L Botany with lab 4
BIO 353/353L General Ecology with lab 4
BIO 358/358L Human Ecology with lab 4
BIO 383 Evolution 4

Physiology Electives
Course Title Credits
BIO 211/211L Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab 4
BIO 212/212L Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab 4
BIO 227/227L Comparative Anatomy & Physiology with lab 4
BIO 228/228L Comparative Anatomy & Physiology with lab 4
BIO 329 Neurobiology 3
BIO 350 Cardiovascular Physiology 3

Experiential Learning (Biological Component)
Course Title Credits
BIO 397 Prehealth Clinical Affiliation
BIO 498 Independent Study 1-4
BIO 499 Independent Study 1-4
BIO Community Service
BIO Internship
BIO Alternative Study Abroad Experience

Students choose courses and follow a curriculum determined in consultation with their adviser. The recommended curriculum for the completion of the requirements for the BS in biology follows. 

Recommended Curriculum

Fall Semester, First Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 150/150L General Biology I with lab (for majors) 4
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I with lab 4
EN 101 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
MA 141 Quantitative Literacy (UC) 3
QU 101 The Individual and the Community 3
Total: 17

Spring Semester, First Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 151/151L Molecular and Cell Biology & Genetics 4
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab 4
EN 102 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
UC University Curriculum 3
Total: 14

Fall Semester, Second Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 298 Research Methods in Biology 3
BIO 152/152L Ecological & Biological Diversity 4
CHE 210/210L Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4
QU 201 Seminar on National Community 3
Total: 14

Spring Semester, Second Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO Biology elective* 3-4
CHE 211/211L Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4
UC University Curriculum 3
Open electives 6
Total: 16-17

Fall Semester, Third Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO Biology elective* 3-4
PHY 110/110L General Physics I with lab 4
QU 301 Seminar on Global Economy 3
UC University Curriculum 3
Open elective 3
Total: 16-17

Spring Semester, Third Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO Biology elective* 3-4
PHY 111/111L General Physics II with lab 4
Open electives 6
UC University Curriculum 3
Total: 16-17

Fall Semester, Fourth Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO Biology elective* 3-4
UC University Curriculum 3
Open electives 7
Total 13-14

Spring Semester, Fourth Year

Course

Title

Credits

UC University Curriculum 6
Open electives 8
Total: 14

Minimum number of credits required for graduation: 120

*Some biology courses have no laboratory component and are 3-credit rather than 4-credit courses.

Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. Students intending to pursue graduate or professional studies (medicine, dentistry, osteopathy or veterinary medicine) are advised to complete at least one semester of calculus. A minimum of MA 141 is required for graduation. BIO 150/150L, BIO 151/151L and BIO 152/152L are required for graduation. Students intending to pursue studies in professional health care fields are advised to complete additional courses chosen in consultation with their adviser.

Independent Study

1. Students may take a maximum of 4 credits of Independent Study/Research (BIO 498 or BIO 499) to be counted toward the biology electives (Experiential Learning Component).

2. Students may take an additional 1-4 credits of Independent Study/Research to meet the maximum of 8 credits allowed. The additional 4 credits can be applied only to the "open/free electives."

Honors

1. An overall quality point average of 3.0 or better is required. An average of 3.5 in biology is required.

2. Students should announce in writing their intention to pursue honors in biology to both the department chair and academic adviser, no later than May 1 in the Spring term of their junior year.

3. Departmental honors students are required to take BIO 399H (Honors Research in Biological
Sciences).

4. The student is responsible to obtain a sponsor for his or her project prior to the May 1 deadline.

5. Successful completion of a senior research project is required. The project must include: a) a written proposal; b) the actual completion of an approved research project under the supervision and sponsorship of a full-time faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences; c) the presentation of the outcome of the research project in the written format approved by the department; d) and a seminar presentation of the outcome of the research project.

6. Evidence of excellence in speaking and writing skills must be documented by term papers, English theme papers, oral presentation(s) and grades, as determined by the committee.

7. The actual granting of honors in biology is determined by all the full-time faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Minor in Biology

A minor in biology requires the completion of at least 20 BIO credits, 12 of which must be beyond the 100-level courses. A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all courses for the minor with an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students who wish to minor in biology are required to consult with the department chair to design a minor that best meets their needs.