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Biology (B.S.)


The BS in Biology provides highly motivated students a strong academic preparation in the biological sciences supported by courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The program especially provides students with the tools to pursue graduate and premedical studies.

Entrance Requirements:

  • High school students will need a minimum overall high school GPA of 90% and a minimum science GPA of 90% in order to qualify for admission to the program.
  • Transfer students will need a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.000 and a science GPA of 3.000 in the required courses in order to qualify for admission to the program.
  • Sage students who have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 3.000 and a science GPA of 3.000 in the required courses may qualify for a major change to the program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the BS in Biology program, the successful student will be able to:

* Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues in biology.

* Describe the relatedness of organisms from physiological, genetic, developmental, and evolutionary perspectives.

* Summarize the interrelationships between plants and animals, and how the environment influences survival.

* Describe the flow of energy in the biosphere and in its plants and animals, specifically how organisms produce energy and utilize it.

* Retrieve and interpret peer-reviewed journal articles in biology.

* Effectively communicate scientific information in speech and in writing.

* Design and execute experiments to test scientific questions.

* Organize and analyze data using statistics and other mathematical techniques and draw logical conclusions.

* Use laboratory skills and techniques in a contemporary research setting.

* Explain biological principles using chemistry and physics.

* Explore diverse fields in biological sciences.


Degree Requirements

Core Courses: 17-20 Credits
BIO 101 General Biology I : 3 credits
BIO 101L General Biology I - Lab  : 1 credits
BIO 102 General Biology II : 3 credits
BIO 102L General Biology II - Lab : 1 credits
BIO 359 Explorations in Research Meth. : 3 credits
BIO 450 Seminar in Biology : 3 credits

Complete one of the following courses below:
BIO 427 Internship in Biology : 3 credits
BIO 410 Honors Project (2 semesters) : 6 credits

Foundational Courses: 12 Credits
BIO 220 Cell Biology (w/lab) : 4 Credits
BIO 326 Principles of Ecology (w/lab) : 4 Credits
BIO 405 Molecular Genetics (w/lab) : 4 Credits

Elective Courses: Complete three 3-4 credit courses in Biology: 9-12 Credits
BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
BIO 207 Foundations in Genetics: 3 Credits
BIO 208 Microbiology (w/lab) : 4 Credits
BIO 312 Evolution  : 3 Credits
BIO 323 Biology of Development : 4 Credits
BIO 336 Animal Behavior : 3 Credits
BIO 350 New & Emerging Diseases : 3 Credits
BIO 351 Immunology I : 3 Credits
BIO 357 Environmental Toxicology : 4 Credits
BIO 484 Neurobiology : 3 Credits

Supporting Courses: 34-35 Credits
CHM 111 General Chemistry I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
CHM 112 General Chemistry II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
CHM 303 Biochemistry : 3 Credits
PHY 101 General Physics I (w/lab) or PHY 107 - Physics I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
PHY 102 General Physics II (w/lab) or PHY 108 - Physics II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
MAT 220 Applied Statistics : 4 Credits
MAT Elective (MAT 113, 201 or 202)  : 3-4 Credits

Total credits required in major: 72-79

Elective Courses: 12-19 Credits

RSC General Education Courses: 29 Credits

Total Credits Required for Degree: 120


Suggested Course Sequence for BS in Biology

The following is a general schedule for the Biology major. Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning your course schedule. Other course sequences are possible. Consult your advisor or the Biology Department Chair. Note also that one can introduce flexibility into this recommended sequence by shifting elective and/or general education slots around to allow one to pursue other courses of personal interest or compensate for scheduling conflicts.

Year 1- Fall: 13.5 credits
WLD 101 and WLD 101L (4 credits)
BIO 101 and BIO 101L (4 credits)
CHM 111 and CHM 111L (4 credits)
SST 111 or SST 121 First Year Seminar (1.5 credits)

Year 1- Spring: 16.5-18 credits
WLD 201 and WLD 201L (4 credits)
BIO 102 and BIO 102L (4 credits)
CHM 112 and CHM 112L (4 credits)
General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
SST 112 or Elective (1.5 credits - 3 credits)

Year 2- Fall: 14-15 credits
MAT Elective - MAT 113 or MAT 201 (3-4 credits)
BIO 220 and BIO 220L (4 credits)
General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
CHM 201 and CHM 201L (4 credits)

Year 2- Spring: 14-15 credits
BIO Elective Course (3-4 credits)
General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
MAT 220 (4 credits)
CHM 202 and CHM 202L (4 credits)

Year 3- Fall: 17 credits
BIO 326 (4 credits)
PHY 101/107 (4 credits)
BIO 359 (3 credits)
General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Year 3- Spring: 16-17 credits
BIO 450 (3 credits)
BIO Elective Course (3-4 credits)
PHY 102/108 (4 credits)
General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Year 4- Fall: 15-16 credits
BIO 410 or BIO 427 (3 credits)
Biology Elective (3-4 credits)
CHM 303 (3 credits)
General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Year 4- Spring: 13-16 credits
BIO 410 or Elective (3 credits)
BIO 405 and BIO 405L (4 credits)
Electives (3-6 credits)
WLD 401 (3 credits)