Major in B.A. Biology
Minor in Biology
Core Curriculum Requirement: Non-science majors must take BIOL 101.
Every student considering a major in the Biology Department must consult the Chairperson of the Division of Natural Sciences, preferably before the end of their first year, and be assigned an academic advisor in the major.
Major Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in Biology (126 credits):
The Biology core curriculum (15 credits) is built around several courses whose content is central to the discipline. This core includes two semesters of General Biology (BIOL 111 and 112), Genetics (BIOL 217), Ecology (BIOL 223) , and Colloquium (BIOL 404).
Students may then choose, with the aid of their academic advisor, a program of study that will prepare them for the career of their choice. However, their course of study must include at least one course (three credits) from the Structure course category, two courses (six credits) from the Function category, and two courses (six credits) from the Integration category.
Students pursuing the B.S. degree choose four additional biology elective courses (12 credits) and free electives totaling seven credits.
Students pursuing the B.A. degree choose two additional biology electives (six credits) and free electives totaling 20 credits. Students should use these free electives to either minor or concentrate in any of the humanities, social sciences or business disciplines. The BA program in biology does not prepare students for medical/professional school, graduate studies in biology, or physical therapy programs unless other prerequisites are met.
MAJOR IN B.S. BIOLOGY
General Chemistry I and II (CHEM 101-102), Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 319- 320), and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II (CHEM 323-324); Calculus I and II (MATH 131-132); and Introductory Physics I and II (PHYS 107-108) are required. Probability Distributions and Statistical Inference (MATH 311) may be substituted for MATH 132 with permission of the Director of the Division of Natural Sciences.
MAJOR IN B.A. BIOLOGY
General Chemistry I and II (CHEM 101-102), Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 319- 320); Pre-calculus Mathematics (MATH 100) and Probability Distributions and Statistical Inference (MATH 311); and Introductory Physics I and II (PHYS 107-108) are required.
MINOR IN BIOLOGY
Students who wish to minor in biology must complete a minor’s contract with the Director of the Division of Natural Sciences. Students should design a curriculum that complements their major and their career plans. All 18 credits contracted for a biology minor must have a BIOL prefix. BIOL 101 is part of the core curriculum of the college and cannot be included in the minor contract. Students must attain a minimum grade of C in each course.
Majors and minors must attain a minimum grade of C in all Biology courses. Biology 111 and 112 are pre-requisites for all 200, 300, and 400-level biology courses. Students who wish to remain a biology major may repeat a course only once in an attempt to raise her/his grade to criterion. Students who take a science course at another college must have earned at least a B in the course to transfer credits.