Applied Biology

Program Features

Xavier's Applied Biology program combines an undergraduate bachelor of science with graduate programs in the Duke University School of the Environment. Students are accepted into one of two Duke University graduate programs after completion of undergraduate coursework at Xavier: The Master of Forestry (MF) or the Master of Environmental Management (MEM)

The curriculum consists of six semesters of undergraduate study at Xavier and four semesters of graduate study at Duke.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Applied Biology major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • Biology 160: General Biology I............ 3cr.
  • Biology 161: General Biology I Lab............ 1cr.
  • Chemistry 160: General Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • Chemistry 161: General Chemistry I Lab............ 1cr.
  • Core 100: 1st Year Seminar or Theology 111............ 3cr.
  • Core 101: GOA............ 0cr.
  • English 101 or 115 ENGL Comp or Rhetoric............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Biology 162: General Biology II............ 3cr.
  • Biology 163: General Biology II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Chemistry 162: General Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • Chemistry 163: General Chemistry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Core 100: 1st Year Seminar or Theology 111............ 3cr.
  • Economics 200: Microeconomics............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Biology 250: Ecology............ 3cr.
  • Biology 251: Ecology Lab............ 1cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Mathematics 140/150: Elements of Calculus I............ 3cr.
  • Second Language I............ 3cr.
  • History 100s: Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Biology 260: Intro to Environmental Science............ 3cr.
  • Biology 261: Intro to Environmental Science Lab............ 1cr.
  • Economics 320: Natural Resources Economics............ 3cr.
  • English 205: Literature and the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Second Language II............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Biology 497 or Biology 498: Methods of Biological Research I............ 2cr.
  • Biology 210: Botany............ 3cr.
  • Biology 211: Botany Lab............ 2cr.
  • Physics 160: College Physics I............ 3cr.
  • Physics 161: College Physics I Lab............ 1cr.
  • Mathematics 156/158: Statistics............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Biology 496 or Biology 499: Methods of Biological Research II............ 2cr.
  • Biology 398: ENVS Seminar............ 3cr.
  • Physics 162: College Physics II............ 3cr.
  • Physics 163: College Physics II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Elective............ 3cr.
  • Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Applied Biology major at Xavier:

Ecology (Biol 250) - The relationships between organisms and their living and non-living environments.

Ecology Lab (Biol 251) - Laboratory and field exercises to illustrate ecological principles. Local aquatic and terrestrial habitats are investigated.

General Microbiology (Biol 450) - The morphology, physiology, and ecology of bacteria, eukaryotic microbes, and fungal microbes, including the impact of these organisms on humans.

Methods of Biol Research I (Biol 498) - Development of a research project emphasizing experimental design, controls, gathering and interpreting experimental data from living organisms. Projects vary depending on faculty advisor. Intended for Seniors.

Clubs

Biology Club

Student events include hiking trips, Break Out Games, scavenger hunts and trips to the Cincinnati Zoo and Newport Aquarium.

Bird Watching Club

Students in this club observe birds surrounding the greater Cincinnati area. Members learn about the sights and sounds of the birds, all while experiencing various terrestrial biomes around Xavier.

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Outcomes

97% of students from Xavier's STEM majors, including Applied Biology, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: 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.

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Study Abroad

Study abroad in Costa Rica, where students study tropical biodiversity, ecology and conservation. Courses are conducted near the Corcovado National Park, one of the largest virgin Pacific rainforests in Central America.


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Faculty Connections

Every Xavier biology student meets at least twice a year with their faculty advisor. Advisors help students plan for future careers by connecting them to job opportunities, job shadowing experiences and internships.


Biology Faculty

Research Opportunities

With the help of faculty, students complete high-level research projects in labs that begin freshman year. Topics include paleobiology, ecology, bird behavior, manatee behavior, entomology and genetics.


Research Opportunities

Applied Biology Major at Xavier University

The Applied Biology 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 are accepted into either of two Duke University degree programs: The Master of Forestry (MF) or Master of Environmental Management (MEM). The curriculum which leads to the above degrees consists of six semesters of undergraduate study at Xavier University and four semesters of graduate study at Duke University School of the Environment. During the fall semester of the junior year at Xavier, the student applies for admission to the Duke University School of the Environment. The BS Applied Biology degree will be awarded by Xavier University upon satisfactory completion of one year of full-time study at Duke University. Upon satisfactory completion of the requirements for a master's degree, Duke University will award either the degree of MF or MEM, whichever is appropriate for the student's area of concentration at Duke University. If a student is unable to enter Duke University, courses necessary for completion of requirements leading to the BS in Environmental Science can be taken during the senior year.

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