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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.S.

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A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Biology majors receive a thorough education in all forms of life, from microbes to plants to animals. Biological research is essential to solving major world problems involving human health, food production, population control and environmental degradation. In addition to the health professions, graduates are qualified for graduate study and employment in areas such as public health, medical technology, agriculture, physical therapy, biotechnology and toxicology and in many government laboratories.

Core Requirements (46 to 49 credits)

Major Requirements

53 credits:

Biology Courses (33 credits)

Organismal Biology (one course required):

Molecular and Cellular Biology (one course required):

Ecology and Evolution (one course required):

Biology Electives (two courses required)

  • BIOL 2xx/3xx/4xx - Biology Elective  Credits: (4)
  • BIOL 2xx/3xx/4xx - Biology Elective  Credits: (4)

NOTE: One 400 level course is required here if not already taken in the three areas listed above.

Chemistry/Math Courses (20 credits)


18 to 21 credits


BIOL 450  and HP 471 may be substituted for BIOL 410  with the permission of the department chair.

Students interested in graduate school are advised to complete MATH 248  and PHYS 101  and PHYS 102  or PHYS 201  and PHYS 202 .

To receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology, students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students must also earn a major GPA of 2.0, and a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Sample Four Year Sequence


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

FSYM 101 FSYM 101 - The First Year Symposium (3)   

World Languages I (3)*

BIOL 110 Introduction to Biology I (4)   

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (4)  

14 credits

Spring Semester

Foundations of Social Science (3)

World Languages II (3)

BIOL 111 Introduction to Biology II (4)  

CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (4)  

14 Credits


Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

MATH 211 Mathematical Thinking (3)   

BIOL 221 Genetics (4)  

CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry (4)  

MATH 247 Calculus I (4)  

15 Credits

Spring Semester

PHIL 103 Foundations of Philosophy (3)  

WCIV 102 Origins of the West (3)  

General Elective (3)

CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry (4)  

Biology Elective (4)

17 Credits


Junior Year

Fall Semester

PHIL 203 Philosophy in the Modern Age (3)  

WCIV 201 The Western Imagination: the Renaissance to the Great War (3)  

General Elective (3)

Biology Elective (4)

PHYS 101 College Physics I (4)  OR PHYS 201 General Physics I (4)  **

17 credits

Spring Semester

THEOL 220 Belief in Today’s World (3)  

AMER 202 America in the World (3)  

General Elective (3)

Biology Elective (4)

PHYS 102 College Physics II (4)   OR PHYS 202 General Physics II (4)  **

17 Credits


Senior Year

Fall Semester

THEOL 320 Encountering Christ (3)  

ARMO 300 Modernity in Visual Art (3)  OR ENMO 300 Modernity in Literature (3)  ORMUMO 300 Modernity in Music (3)  OR THMO 300 Modernity in Theatre (3)  

General Elective (3)

Biology Elective (3)

BIOL 410 Seminar (1)  

14 Credits

Spring Semester

PHIL 300 Ethics and Human Good (3)  OR THEOL 300 Ethics and the Human Good (3)  

xxGE 3xx Global Encounters (3)

General Elective (3)

General Elective (3)

Biology Elective (4)

16 credits

*Students testing in language at 201 level or higher will only take one semester.

**Recommended (not required) for students intending to pursue graduate studies.

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