2014–2015 Biology Program (BIOL)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major  | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Brian Avery, Bonnie Baxter, Christine Clay, Betsy Kleba, Judy Rogers, Christine Stracey

Program Goals

Objectives

The Biology program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a breadth of coursework and a focus on laboratory learning ranging from molecular to organismal topics. Undergraduate research is prominent in our program and is offered to students to learn first-hand the process of science. Presentation of research results at national meetings is encouraged. Students receive degree credit for research and internships. Recent biology graduates have been accepted to professional and graduate schools (at a rate of 50–100% each year), worked as laboratory researchers, educators, and biotechnologists.

1. Students will understand scientific methods and use them to address a biological question

2. Students will critically and analytically evaluate biological data to formulate valid conclusions

3. Students will effectively communicate biological concepts and data in both written and verbal format

4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in general scientific skills and skills specific to an area of secialization within biology

5. Students will develop an understanding of the major concepts in the biological sciences. They will be able to explain major concepts in:

6. Students will be able to see relationships between science and society.

Program Requirements

The program is designed to allow lateral shifting to other science majors if the student so desires. Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in biology courses required for the biology major. No more than half of the biology courses required for a major or minor are accepted by transfer. Please note that 300- and 400-level courses are designed for juniors and seniors.

Students choosing a double major or minor within the science program may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed under “required” courses that coincide with both majors/minors may be applied to both.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Biology major:

Academic Major


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    

The Life Sciences and the Physical Sciences LE requirements are fulfilled by meeting major requirements.

   

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

Biology majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign
language.

   
II. Lower Division Core Biology Courses 16  
BIOL 202 Organisms and Evolution (4)    
BIOL 203 Introduction to Ecology (4)   pre- or co-requisite: MATH 140
BIOL 204 Principles of Genetics (4)   CHEM 112

BIOL 205 Introduction to Cell Biology (4)

 

CHEM 112

III. Upper Division Biology Courses 18  
BIOL Upper division Biology electives (16)    

BIOL 420 Senior Seminar (2)

 

 
IV. Electives 4  

BIOL Choose 4 hours of biology electives,
numbered 200 or above

   
V. Required Courses from Other Programs 32  
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab (4)   MATH 141 (LE)
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab (4)   MATH 141 (LE)
CHEM 303 Organic Chemistry I and Lab (4)   CHEM 111, 112
CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry II and Lab (4)   CHEM 111, 112
MATH 240 Statistics for the Sciences (4)   MATH 141 (LE)
MATH 201B Calculus for Life Sciences (4)—offered every semester   MATH 142 (LE) or consent of
instructor or placement test
or    
MATH 202 Calculus II (4) —offered every semester   MATH 201 or 201B or placement test

Students must take one first-level (I) and one second-level (II) Physics course:

   

PHYS 151 Principles of Physics I and Lab (4)
  MATH 141–142 (LE)
or    
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab (4)   MATH 141–142 (LE)
Co-requisites: MATH 201–202 (LE)
and    
PHYS 152 Principles of Physics II and Lab (4)   MATH 141–142 (LE)
or    

PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab (4)

 

MATH 141–142 (LE)
Co-requisites: MATH 201–202 (LE)

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 78  

 

Recommended Plan of Study for Biology

 

Fall Semester and Spring Semester

Freshman Year

BIOL 202
BIOL 203
CHEM 111/112
MATH 240
MATH 201B
(and prerequisites if necessary)
LE Courses

Sophomore Year

BIOL 204
BIOL 205
MATH 201B
(if not taken in the previous year)
*CHEM 303/304
BIOL Biology elective
LE Courses

Junior Year

BIOL Biology Electives (8–12)
*PHYS 151/152
or
PHYS 211/212
LE Courses (if necessary)

Senior Year

BIOL 420
BIOL Biology

*Alternatively, a student could take the PHYS 151/152 (or 211/212) sequence his or her sophomore year and the CHEM 303/304 sequence his or her junior year.

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 16  
BIOL 202 Organisms and Evolution (4)    
BIOL 203 Introduction to Ecology (4)   Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 240
BIOL 204 Principles of Genetics (4)   CHEM 112

BIOL 205 Introduction to Cell Biology (4)

 

CHEM 112

II. Electives 8  

BIOL coursework numbered at the 200-, 300- or 400-level

   
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24