Biology Programs

Biology Major

All biology majors complete 21 semester credit hours of required biology courses including General Biology I, General Biology II, Genetics, Vertebrate Physiology and Methods of Biological Research, plus 15 semester hours of biology electives.

Majors must also complete eight semester hours of physics, 16 semester hours of chemistry (including organic), and six semester hours of mathematics. In these other science areas, students find the background and techniques for carrying on analytical studies in biology.

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 PHILOSOPHY 100
Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
3
Total 15 Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
General Botany & Lab * or Elective *** 4 BIOLOGY
Electives ***
4
CHEMISTRY 240
Organic Chemistry I
3 CHEMISTRY 242
Organic Chemistry II
3
CHEMISTRY 241
Organic Chemistry I Lab
1 CHEMISTRY 243
Organic Chemistry II Lab
1
MATH 150
Calculus I
3 MATH 156
Statistics
3
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3 ENGLISH/CLASSICS/SPAN  205
Literature & the Moral Imagination
3
LITERATURE
Elective
3 DIVERSITY
Curriculum Requirement **
3
Total 17 Total 17

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 410
Human Physiology
3 BIOLOGY 230
Genetics
3
BIOLOGY 411
Human Physiology Lab
2 BIOLOGY 231
Genetics Lab
1
PHYSICS 160
College Physics I ***
3 PHYSICS 162
College Physics II ***
3
PHYSICS 161
Introductory Physics I  Lab
1 PHYSICS 163
Introductory Physics II  Lab
1
HISTORY I 3 PHIL 290
Theory of Knowledge
3

SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective ***

3 HISTORY II 3
Diversity Curriculum Requirement ** 3 SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective ***
3
Total 18 Total 17

Senior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 496 or 497 or 498 Methods I 1-2 BIOLOGY 496 or 499 Methods II
 
1-2
BIOLOGY
Elective
2 BIOLOGY Elective * 4-5
THEOLOGY
Ethics or Rel/Cult Elective
3 BIOLOGY
Elective
2
PHILOSOPHY
Elective
3 E/R&S Focus
Elective
3
GENERAL
Elective
3 Theology Scrip/Hist or Christ Sys
Elective
3
FINE ARTS
Elective
3    
Total 15-16 Total 13-15

*Botany 210, 211 or Entomology 270, 271 or General Microbiology 450, 451 must be taken for the degree.

** Diversity Curriculum Requirement (6) required for students enrolled Fall 2011 to present. DCR elective may be used to satisfy other elements of the core or the major.

*** For medical school requirements, take PHYS 160 ? 163 in the sophomore year and Biology electives in the junior year, including BIOL 440 in the fall of the junior year and BIOL 354, 355 in the spring of junior year. Social Sciences must be PSYC 101 and SOCI 101. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree.