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Biology Major

Bachelor of Science

The biology program will instill in students comprehension of the scientific method and the application of this method to investigations in biology. Upon graduation, students majoring in biology will be able to think critically and solve problems, effectively communicate using scientific language, demonstrate a respect for life and the environment, identify and discuss key biological principles, apply a basic understanding of chemistry to biological processes, demonstrate skill in observation, demonstrate safe and effective lab technique, and find employment in a science-related field or enter graduate/professional school.

For students who intend to advance to graduate or professional schools, or have an interest in research, the opportunity for individual research projects may be available.

Our graduates are accepted into medical, dental, physical therapy and veterinary school. Others land jobs right away in everything from quality control and research development to conservation and park management. Still others begin fulfilling careers in teaching.  

Core Courses

BIOL 151 - General Biology I
BIOL 152 - General Biology II
BIOL 212 - General Botany
BIOL 213 - Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 22IS - Scientific Writing and Research
BIOL 339 - Principles of Microbiology
BIOL 58IS - Senior Seminar
CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 111L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 112L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II

Additional Program Requirements

44 hours with a BIOL prefix is required for biology majors, discounting BIOL 102 and 230, which do not count toward the major.

A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation. NO more than one D or D+ in a 3- or 4-hour, BIOL-prefixed course will count toward the major.

NOTE: Most biology lab courses include a lab fee for supplies, which is billed at the time of registration.


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