The Biology Department offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts. Students intending to continue on to graduate school or on to industry tend to pursue the Bachelor of Science degree, while students interested in teaching usually opt for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The B.S. degree requires several higher level biology courses and additional courses in chemistry, math, and physics. The B.A. degree offers more flexibility by requiring one higher level course in biology and additional courses in chemistry and physics. Future teachers need this flexibility in order to fit in their education certification courses and still graduate in a normal four year sequence.
Whether students choose a B.A. or a B.S., all Biology majors must select one of the four areas of concentration or "tracks." These tracks help students tailor their education to fit their aspirations. Students may choose one from the following tracks in order to complete the 13 course B.A. or B.S. major:
For all majors and tracks, students must successfully complete the following:
- Introduction to Biology I (BIO 110)
- Introduction to Biology II (BIO 111)
- General Chemistry I (CHEM 110)
- General Chemistry II (CHEM 111)
- Either Organic and Biological Chemistry (CHEM 215) or Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 220)
Majors must also complete two courses from:
Higher level Computer Science or Mathematics courses may be taken in place of the above.
In addition, juniors and seniors are required to successfully complete the non-credit Biology Colloquium (BIO 349/449) for a maximum of four semesters and complete the capstone experiences. Enrollment in student teaching and/or other similar off-campus academic experiences will be accepted by the department in lieu of that semester's colloquium requirement.
Only two courses numbered below 221 may count toward the major. Declared Biology majors may substitute Cells, Genes and Society (BIO 106) for Introduction to Biology I (BIO 110), and Anatomy for Health Care Consumers (BIO 107) for Introduction to Biology II (BIO 111) with written consent of the department chair.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science must also pass three courses in any combination from the following:
- Aquatic Biology (BIO 328) or above (including course supported practicum and/or internship)
- Organic and Biological Chemistry (CHEM 215) or above
- Fundamentals of Physics (PHYS 225) or above
- Precalculus Mathematics (MATH 127) or above
For more information, please refer to the College Catalog.