Biology Programs

Applied Biology Major

This program is designed to coordinate the education of undergraduate students at Xavier with graduate programs in the Duke University School of the Environment. Participating students apply to Duke for acceptance into one of two degree programs, the Master of Forestry (MF) or Master of Environmental Management (MEM). The MF emphasizes forest resources, and graduates are typically employed in administrative, managerial or staff positions with forest industries and government agencies. The MEM program considers natural resources in a broader context. Students find employment in such areas as resource development, environmental protection, impact assessment, land use analysis and coastal zone management.

The applied biology curriculum consists of six semesters of undergraduate study at Xavier University and four semesters of graduate study at Duke University. During the fall semester of the junior year at Xavier, the student applies for admission to the Duke University School of the Environment. The B.S. (applied biology) degree will be awarded by Xavier University upon satisfactory completion of one year of full-time study at Duke.

Freshman Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 160
General Biology I
3 BIOLOGY 162
General Biology II
3
BIOLOGY 161
General Biology I  Lab
2 BIOLOGY 163
General Biology II  Lab
2
CHEMISTRY 160
General Chemistry I
3 CHEMISTRY 162
General Chemistry II
3
CHEMISTRY 161
General Chemistry I  Lab
1 CHEMISTRY 163
General Chemistry II  Lab
1
FOREIGN LANGUAGE Elective 3 FOREIGN LANGUAGE Elective 3
ENGLISH 101 or 115
English Composition or Rhetoric
3 ECONOMICS 200
Microeconomics Principles
3
Total 15 Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 250
Ecology
3 Social Science Elective
Diversity Curriculum Reqiurement
3
BIOLOGY 251
Ecology Lab
1 Literature Elective 3
PHYSICS 160
College Physics I
3 PHYSICS 162
College Physics II
3
PHYSICS 161
Intro. Physics I  Lab
1 PHYSICS 163
Intro. Physics II  Lab
1
MATH 150
Elements of Calculus I
3 MATH 156
General Statistics
3
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3 PHILOSOPHY  100
Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
3
Fine Arts Elective 3    
       
Total 17 Total 16

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 496, 497 or 498
Biological Research I
1 - 2 BIOLOGY 499 (with 498 in Fall)
Biological Research II
1
BIOL 210
General Botany
2 BIOLOGY 450
General Microbiology
3
BIOL 211
General Botany Lab
2 BIOLOGY 451
General Microbiology Lab
2
ECONOMICS 320
Natural Resources  (ERS course)
3 BIOLOGY 398
Seminar: Environmental Studies
3
HISTORY I
Elective
3 ENGLISH/CLASSICS/SPANISH 205
Elective
3
PHIL 290
Theory of Knowledge
3 HISTORY II
Elective
3
THEOLOGY
Elective

3

DIVERSITY CURRICULUM
Requirement

3
Total 17 - 18 Total 18

Senior Year

During the junior year the student should apply for admission to Duke University. The B.S. applied biology degree will be awarded by Xavier University upon satisfactory completion of one year of full-time study (at least 24 credit hours) at Duke University.

If a student is unable to enter Duke University, arrangements should be made with the department of biology chair to determine the senior year courses necessary for completion of requirements leading to the B.S. (biology) degree.

A minimum of 96 credit hours at Xavier University is required for completion of the degree after Duke coursework is completed.