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Biology Bachelor of Science Program

Biology Bachelor of Science Program

The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides students with the necessary coursework, skills, experience, and guidance for entry into professional schools, graduate school, and a variety of careers requiring a background in the sciences. Graduates of the Biology B.S. program will be competent in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and application of laboratory methods in biology and chemistry. Graduates will also be competent in using information technology to access scientific publications and data, and competent in carrying out an independent laboratory research project and communicating their findings. In addition, students completing the Biology B.S. program will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities of applying scientific knowledge, the relationship of Franciscan values to the practice of science, and the potential contributions of science-related professions to human welfare and environmental sustainability.

The Biology curriculum covers a variety of important subject areas, including physiology, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and immunology. Most courses have a significant laboratory component. An important feature of the biology curriculum is undergraduate research (BIO 450/451): Biology majors in their senior year, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, plan and carry out an original independent research project, submit a written paper in journal format, and deliver a presentation of their research.

The recommended course sequences and course requirements for the Biology B.S. degree (see below) are designed to help students successfully apply to graduate schools in the life sciences, medical school, dental school, and a diversity of clinical professional programs (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, optometry, and many others). Courses can be combined with an education major leading to certification for biology teaching in grades K-12. A concentration or minor in Chemistry (see below) provides additional coursework for entry into programs and careers such as pharmacology, biotechnology, and chemical analysis.

Students seeking accelerated entry into a health-related profession have the option of enrolling in an articulated-degree or joint-degree program with a cooperating professional school. For details, go to Biology Pre-Professional programs, Allied Health Technologies program, and Clinical Lab Sciences program.

Biology Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

*See Control Sheet and Four-Year Plan for additional course requirements and recommended semester-by-semester sequence of courses. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required science and math courses.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (120 CREDITS)

(Revised: June 2011)

Section Course Credits
Required Biology Courses (17 credits)
BIO 103 General Biology I 4
BIO 104 General Biology II 4
BIO 405 Genetics 4
BIO 409 Biology Seminar 1
BIO/CHEM 450 Undergraduate Research in Biology I 2
BIO/CHEM 451 Undergraduate Research in Biology II 2
Related Requirements (33 credits)
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II 4
MATH 161 Precalculus 4
MATH 122 Statistics I 3
PHYS 103 General Physics I 4
PHYS 104 General Physics II 4
Biology Electives (4 courses, from at least 3 categories; 13-16 credits)
Category 1 (Structural Biology)
BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 206 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 305 Embryology 4
Category 2 (Health-Related)
BIO 307 Pathophysiology 3
BIO 308 Virology 4
BIO 403 Immunology 4
Category 3 (Molecular Biology)
BIO 310 Cell Biology 3
BIO 360 Biochemistry (also listed as CHEM 360) 4
Category 4 (Ecology/Evolutionary Biology)
BIO 209 Evolution 3
BIO 306 Ecology 4

In addition to the above courses, students must take BIO 202 Microbiology (4 cr) and MATH 160 College Algebra (4 cr), which are used to fulfill the General Education requirements for laboratory science and math. (see Control Sheet – link below)

Additional notes on prerequisites and course selection: General Biology I and II (BIO 103, 104) are prerequisites for all 300- and 400-level courses. Biology Seminar (BIO 409) is a prerequisite for Undergraduate Research in Biology (BIO/CHEM 450, 451). For other prerequisites, see individual course offerings. Although BIO 409 and BIO/CHEM 450, 451 are not required for the articulated pre-professional programs, students majoring in these programs should nevertheless take BIO 409 in their third year to allow timely completion of senior research (and therefore timely graduation) should they be unsuccessful in meeting the requirements for transfer to the articulated professional school in their senior year. Students planning to apply to graduate school, medical school, dental school, or other professional programs are strongly encouraged to take Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 205, 206), as well as Calculus I (MATH 262). Students planning to seek an industrial position upon graduation should take Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 303).

Recommended semester-by-semester course sequence (4-year plan):

Control Sheet

Chemistry Minor (22 credits)

Students must have a minimum grade of “C” in each of the following courses:

Section Course Credits
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II (Lecture/Lab) 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 4
CHEM 303 Analytical Chemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 4
Electives (at least one course from the following):
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture/Lab) 4
BIO/CHEM 360 Biochemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 4
CHEM___ Physical Chemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 4

Concentration in Chemistry (35 Credits)

Students must have a minimum grade of “C” in each of the following courses:

Section Course Credits
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II (Lecture/Lab) 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 4
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture/Lab) 4
CHEM 303 Analytical Chemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 4
CHEM___ Physical Chemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 4
BIO 409 Biology Seminar 1
BIO/CHEM 450-451 Undergraduate Research 2/2
Electives (one course from the following):
BIO/CHEM 360 Biochemistry I (Lecture/Lab) 4
CHEM___ Physical Chemistry II (Lecture/Lab) 4

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen


Dr. Alfredo Castro
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Gaby Fahmy
Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Barry Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Robert Rogers
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Wei Shi
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Edward Siden
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Marjorie Squires
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Patrick Weir
Associate Professor of Biology and Chair
Department of Natural Sciences

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