Undergraduate Program (BS)

Biology

If it runs, flies or crawls, it's got your full attention. It's life, and it's always fascinated you since the day you first wriggled your toes in the dirt and snagged an earthworm. Discover the building blocks of life by studying biology, and open your life to a world of wonder and wonderful choice. Biology is the basis for a wide range of science-based careers, from medicine to laboratory research to environmental study.

Sample Four-Year Biology Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 160: General Biology I 3
BIOLOGY 161: General Biology I Lab 1
CHEMISTRY 160: General Chemistry I 3
CHEMISTRY 161: General Chemistry I Lab 1
CORE 100: 1st Year Seminar OR THEO 111 3
ENGLISH 101 OR 115 ENGL Compo or Rhetoric 3
CORE 101: GOA 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 162: General Biology II 3
BIOLOGY 163: General Biology II Lab 1
CHEMISTRY 162: General Chemistry II 3
CHEMISTRY 163: General Chemistry II Lab 1
CORE 100: 1st Year Seminar OR THEO 111 3
PHILOSOPHY 100: Ethics as Intro 3
CORE 102: GOA 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
CHEMISTRY 240: Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEMISTRY 241: Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
MATHEMATICS 140/150 3
PHILOSOPHY 200: Philosophical Perspectives Elective 3
Second Language I 3
Social Science Elective*** 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY Elective 3-4
CHEMISTRY 242: Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEMISTRY 243: Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Historical Perspectives Elective 3
Second Language II 3
Theological Perspectives Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY Elective* 3-4
BIOLOGY 410: Human Physiology 3
BIOLOGY 411: Human Physiology Lab 2
MATHEMATICS 156: Statistics or MATHEMATICS 171 3
PHYS 160 College Physics I*** 3
PHYS 161 College Physics I Lab 1
Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 230: Genetics 3
BIOLOGY 231: Genetics Lab 1
Creative Perspectives Elective 3
General Elective 3
PHYSICS 162: College Physics II*** 3
PHYSICS 163: College Physics II Lab 1

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 497 or 498 Methods of BR I 1-2
BIOLOGY Elective* 6
ENGLISH 205: Literature and Moral Imagination 3
Diversity Curriculum Requirement** 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 496 or 499 Methods of BR II 1-2
Biology Electives* 5
E/RS Focus Elective** 3
Humanities Elective (may not double count with E/RS) 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

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

Genetics Laboratory (BIOL 231) - Laboratory exercises to provide students with experience in modern molecular genetics and methods of manipulating and studying nucleic acids.

Biochemistry (BIOL 440) - A lecture course treating the structure, properties, and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids.

Animal Behavior (BIOL 244) - Study of the innate, learned, aggressive, social and sexual behavior of animals as evolutionary products.

All Biology students have a mentor to assist them in research

All

Biology students have a mentor to assist them in research

Stand Out - That's the Xavier Difference

Pre-Med

Because of our Pre-Professional Health Advising program, you'll have a better chance of getting into medical school, dental school, veterinary school or other health-related professions after graduation.

Student Research

All biology and natural sciences majors complete senior research projects, working directly with professors on topics like paleobiology (extinct mammals), ecology, bird behavior, manatee behavior, cardiology (hearts), entomology (insects) and genetics. Students also land research internships at places like the Mayo Clinic or Children's Hospital.

Cool Labs

Take your pick of fascinating labs: bacteriology (make cheese), ecology (go outside), genetics (it glows), human cadaver (for upper-level students only).

Xavier by the numbers

14

Labs on Campus

98%

Placement Rate

20

Average Size of Classes

85%

Medical School Acceptance Rate (Compared to 40% Nationally)

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Careers After Xavier

Graduates go on to work at top companies like

P and G OSHA GE FDA Cincinnati Children's Lilly

Medical School Early Acceptance Program

Stand Out. That's the Xavier Difference.
  • Get Accepted: Xavier has partnered with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer early acceptance to the college, so qualified students can get a head start in their career in medicine.
  • Waive the MCAT: This is a great benefit. If you can qualify based on your high school scores, you will not have to take the Medical College Admission Test.
  • Choose Your Campus: If you meet the criteria, you can choose from any of LECOM's campuses, located in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Outcomes

As we say, you're already "in the door," meaning you've already started your medical career. Here, you'll be developing relationships with prospective employers and hospitals, not starting from scratch.

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