Biology

Biology

Professors: Rhine Singleton, Jacques Veilleux 
Associate Professor:  Susan E. Arruda, Leila Jabbour
Assistant Professors: Thomas E. Bennett, Amy Piispanen

A Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree are offered in Biology to traditional students.

A minor is offered in Biology.


The mission of the Biology Department is to develop students’ breadth and depth of knowledge in the life sciences. We emphasize skill acquisition, including critical thinking, data analysis and interpretation, use of the primary literature, planning and execution of biological experiments and basic field/laboratory techniques. Students graduating from the Biology program will be able to communicate with biologists and non-biologists alike regarding current societal issues in the life sciences. Successful completion of the degree provides a solid foundation for specialized studies at the graduate level or a broad base of educational experience in preparation for career employment. 

The Department of Biology offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The basic philosophy of the Department is that a sound undergraduate program should provide either a solid foundation for specialized studies at the graduate level or a broad base of educational experience in preparation for career employment. In keeping with this philosophy, course selection within the major is accorded sufficient flexibility to accomplish the objectives of students desiring to meet entrance requirements of graduate and professional schools, as well as those of students planning to end their formal studies with the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree. The primary distinction between these two approaches is in the number and specificity of related courses in science and mathematics. In either case, the program provides students with the basic informational content of the life sciences and with the disciplined attitudes, methods, and experiences of biological investigation. 

Students who intend to teach Biology in high school should refer to the School of Education for information on the Secondary Teacher Certification program.

Major Requirements

In addition to all graduation requirements, a minimum of 48 credits (Bachelor of Arts) or 56 credits (Bachelor of Science) in the major must be completed successfully.

All Biology majors take the following major requirements (29-30 credits):

BI101-102 Biology I and II (laboratory) (counts toward GLE core) 8 credits 
BI211     Genetics (laboratory) 4 credits

BI319   Cellular Biology (laboratory) 4 credits or
BI325   Microbiology (laboratory) 4 credits
BI215   Biology and Health Sciences Seminar 3 credits 
BI218   Ecology 4 credits or
BI241   Evolutionary Biology (laboratory) 4 credits
CH101   General Chemistry I (laboratory) 4 credits
CH102   General Chemistry II (laboratory) 4 credits
Two semesters of Math at the MT151 level or above 6-8 credits
(First semester counts as core requirement, second semester counts towards major)
BI460   Internship in Biology or
BI480   Senior Seminar in Biology/Health Sciences or
BI481   Invited Senior Research 3 credits

For the B.S. students must take the following additional 16 credits:
CH211-212 Organic Chemistry I and II (laboratory) 8 credits
PH101-102 General Physics I and II (laboratory) 8 credits

Note: Students wishing to complete the Secondary Teacher Certification should consult with a faculty advisor in the School of Education. These students may substitute ED487 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit), and ED492 Secondary Student Teaching (14 credits), for Biology Seminar and Biology Thesis.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

BI101 Biology I Lab
BI102 Biology II Lab
BI211 Genetics Lab
BI215 Biology & Health Sciences Seminar
BI217 Tropical Ecology
BI218 Ecology Lab
BI221 ENTOMOLOGY-LAB
BI229 Special Topics in Biology
BI231 Animal Behavior Lab
BI235 Human Health and Nutrition
BI241 Evolutionary Biology Lab
BI250 Introduction to Plant Biology Lab
BI260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
BI261 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
BI299 Independent Study in Biology
BI302 Food Production
BI312 Vertebrate Zoology Lab
BI319 Cellular Biology Lab
BI325 Microbiology Lab
BI326 Parasitology
BI327 Principles of Immunology
BI329 Topics in Biology
BI351 Endocrinology
BI353 Introduction to Pharmacology
BI355 ECOPHYSIOLOGY
BI370 Medical Term & Health Systems
BI375 Mammalogy Lab
BI399 Independent Study in Biology
BI400 Kinesiology Lab
BI402 Exercise Physiology Lab
BI403 Assessment Prescript of Fitness Lab
BI404 Strength and Conditioning Lab
BI429 Special Topics in Biology
BI430 Forest Ecology Lab
BI460 Internship in Biology/Health Scienc
BI480 Senior Seminar in Biology
BI481 Senior Thesis
BI499 Independent Study in Biology
BIELECT Approved Biology Elective
BIELECT2 Approved Biology Elective
CH101 General Chemistry I Lab
CH102 General Chemistry II Lab
ES320 WETLAND ECOLOGY AND PROTECTION
ES342 WILDLIFE CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT
MT151 College Algebra
MT211 DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
MT221 CALCULUS I - LAB
MT222 CALCULUS II-LAB
MT260 STATISTICS I
MT311 LINEAR ALGEBRA
MT315 COLLEGE GEOMETRY
MT321 CALCULUS III
MT330 INTRO TO DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
MT373 PROBABILITY AND MATHEMATICAL STATS
MT375 INTRODUCTION OPERATIONS RESEARCH
PS304 INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE-LAB
PS430 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

Biology Electives

In addition to the major requirements, students must choose Biology Electives from the Advising Guide. For the B.A. students must choose a total of six courses for a minimum of 20 credits; for the B.S. students must choose four courses for a minimum of 12 credits. For students interested in the field of Biotechnology, we recommend a minor in Chemistry.

Biology Major Advising Guide Course

General Electives

B.A. or .B.S.

Ecology & Evolution Track

B.A. or .B.S.

BI319 Cellular Biology

x*

x*

BI217 Tropical Forest Ecology

x

x

BI218 Ecology

x

x

BI221 Entomology

x

x

BI231 Animal Behavior

x

x

BI235 Human Health and Nutrition

x

 

BI241 Evolutionary Biology

x

x

BI250 Introduction to Plant Biology

x

x

BI260 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

x

 

BI261 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

x

 

BI312 Vertebrate Zoology

x

x

BI325 Microbiology

x*

x*

BI326 Parasitology

x

x

BI327 Principles of Immunology

x

 

BI351 Endocrinology

x

 

BI375 Mammalogy

x

x

BI400 Kinesiology

x

 

BI402 Physiology of Exercise

x

 

BI403 Assessment and Prescription of Fitness

x

 

BI404 Strength and Conditioning

x

 

BI430 Forest Ecology

x

x

ES320 Wetland Ecology and Protection

x

x

ES342 Wildlife Conservation and Management

x

x

PS304 Introduction to Neuroscience

x

 

PS430 Introduction to Psychopharmacology

x

 

Minor in Biology — Requirements

BI101-102    Biology I and II (laboratory) 8 credits
Two elective courses in Biology at the 200-level or above 6-8 credits 
Two elective courses in Biology at the 300-level or above 6-8 credits
At least two of the four elective courses must be laboratory courses (4 credits or more).
Total 22-24 credits


Recommended Curriculum Guide – Bachelor of Arts - Biology

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BI101

Biology I (laboratory)

4

BI102

Biology II (laboratory)

4

CH101

General Chemistry I (laboratory)

4

CH102

General Chemistry II (laboratory)

4

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

MT151 or MT260

College Algebra or Statistics

3

MT151 or MT260 or MT221

College Algebra or Statistics or Calculus I

 3-4

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

 

 

 

 

 Total

17

 

 Total

14

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BI218 or BI211

Ecology (laboratory) or Genetics  (laboratory)

4

BI211 or BI241

Genetics (laboratory) or Evolutionary Biology

4

BI215 or BI ___

Biology and Health Sciences Seminar or Biology Elective

3 or 4

BI215 or BI___

Biology and Health Sciences Seminar or Biology Elective

3 or 4

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 Total

16

 

 Total

16


Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BI235 or BI319

Biology Elective or Cellular Biology (laboratory)

4

BI235 or BI319

Microbiology (laboratory) or Cellular Biology (laboratory)

4

______

Biology Elective

4

______

Biology Elective

4

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

 

 Total

17

 

 Total

17

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BI___

Internship in Biology/Health Sciences or Senior Seminar in Biology/Health Sciences or Invited Senior Research or Biology Elective

 3-4

BI460 or BI480 or BI___

Internship in Biology/Health Sciences or Senior Seminar in Biology/Health Sciences or Invited Senior Research or Biology Elective

 3-4

BI___

Biology Elective

4

BI___

Biology Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 Total

13

 

 Total

12

       

Total Credits

122

Recommended Curriculum Guide – Bachelor of Science - Biology

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BI101

Biology I (laboratory)

4

BI102

Biology II (laboratory)

4

 

CH101

General Chemistry I (laboratory)

4

CH102

General Chemistry II (laboratory)

4

 

GLE110

First Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

MT151 or

MT260

College Algebra or Statistics

3

MT151 or MT260 or MT221

College Algebra or Statistics or Calculus I

3 or 4

 

GLE101

First Year Inquiry

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

 

 Total

17

 

 Total

17

 



Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BI218 or BI211

Ecology or Genetics (laboratory)

3 or 4

BI215 or BI___

Genetics (laboratory) or Evolutionary Biology (laboratory)

3 or 4

 

BI215 or BI___

Biology and Health Sciences Seminar or Biology Elective

3 or 4

BI215 or BI___

Biology and Health Sciences Seminar or Biology Elective

3 or 4

 

CH211

Organic Chemistry I (laboratory)

4

BI___

Biology Elective

3

 

______

Biology elective

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

 

 Total

13

 

 Total

12

 


Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BI319 or BI___

Cellular Biology or Biology Elective

4

BI235 or BI319

Microbiology (laboratory) or Cellular Biology (laboratory)

4

 

PH101

General Physics I (laboratory)

4

PH102

General Physics II (laboratory)

4

 

______

GLE Elective

4

______

GLE Elective

3

 

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 

 Total

18

 

 Total

17

 


Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BI460 or BI480 or BI___

Internship in Biology/Health Sciences or Senior Seminar in Biology/Health Sciences or Invited Senior Research or Biology Elective

3 or 4

BI460 or BI480 or BI___

Internship in Biology/Health Sciences or Senior Seminar in Biology/Health Sciences or Invited Senior Research or Biology Elective

3 or 4

 

______

GLE Elective

3

BI___

Biology Elective

3

 

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

______

Elective

3

 

 

 

 

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

12

 

       

Total Credits

121

 

               

*One or more additional electives may be needed to fulfill general education requirements. See General and Liberal Education (GLE).