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Undergraduate Bulletin 2016-2017 PDF

Biological Sciences


Faculty/Staff

Arthur Schwarz, Chair; Arthur Chadwick, Amy McHenry, Peter McHenry, Jared Wood

Aims of the Department

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to encourage thoughtful investigation of living systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Biological Sciences graduates will be able to:

  • Use scientific processes (observe nature, pose problems, generate and test hypotheses, design experiments, interpret and evaluate data, and determine how to follow up on findings), especially involving quantitative reasoning and analysis.
  • Communicate effectively with people both in biology as well in other disciplines through written, visual, and oral methods. 
  • Evaluate the social, ethical, and moral implications of biological research and how science impacts their faith.

Programs

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. The B.A. degree requires 36 semester hours in biology and includes a foreign language component. The B.S. degree requires 40 semester hours in biology and emphasizes course work in biology and the sciences. Required cognate courses are specified for each degree. Southwestern Adventist University requires 40 hours of upper division credit for graduation; it is the responsibility of the student to meet that requirement through electives and general education requirements.  The program has flexibility to allow students the choice of elective biology courses of special interest beyond the basic requirements listed below.

  • B.A. Biology
  • B.S. Biology
  • B.A. Life Science - Secondary Certification
  • B.S. Life Science - Secondary Certification
  • Minor in Biology, Life Science - Secondary Certification

Biology, B.A.

     
BIOL 111, 112 General Biology 8
BIOL 180 Research Seminar 1
BIOL 230 Ecology 4
BIOL 280 Biology Research Statistics 1
BIOL 320 Genetics 4
BIOL 340  Molecular Biology I 4
BIOL 380 Research Proposal Development 1
BIOL 419 Philosophy of Science 3
BIOL Elective from Group I 4
BIOL 480 Research in Biology 1
BIOL 481 Senior Thesis 1
BIOL Electives  upper division 4
  Total: 36

Required Cognates:

     
CHEM 111  General Chemistry I                                4
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 121 Precalculus 3

Recommended Cognates:

     
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I                                4
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 4

 

Biology, B.S.

     
BIOL 111, 112  General Biology    8
BIOL 180 Research Seminar 1
BIOL 230 Ecology 4
BIOL 280* Biology Research Statistics   1
BIOL 320 Genetics 4
BIOL 340 Molecular Biology I 4
BIOL 380 Research Proposal Development 1
BIOL 419 Philosophy of Science 3
BIOL Elective from Group I 4
BIOL Elective from Group II 4
BIOL Elective from Group III 4
BIOL 480 Research in Biology 1
BIOL 481 Senior Thesis 1
  Total: 40

Required Cognates:

     
CHEM 111  General Chemistry I                  4
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 4
MATH 121 Precalculus 3
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4

*Must be taken sophomore year; MATH 241 may substitute.  Many Texas Medical Schools require MATH 181 or MATH 241.

Group I

  • BIOL 325   Field Ecology
  • BIOL 314   Systematic Botany
  • BIOL 345   Environment and Mankind
  • BIOL 360   Plant Biology
  • BIOL 465   Plant Physiology

Group II

  • BIOL 220   Microbiology and Immunology
  • BIOL 312   Ornithology
  • GEOL 240 The Dinosaurs

Group III

  • BIOL 335   Limnology
  • BIOL 410   Human Physiology
  • BIOL 450   Histology

Minor in Biology

     
BIOL 111   General Biology 4
BIOL 112 General Biology 4
BIOL Upper Division electives          10
  Total: 18

 

Pre-professional Requirements

The entrance and admission test requirements for most medical, dental and veterinary schools are satisfied by the Biology B.S. degree and its cognate requirements of Chemistry, Physics and Math. Professional schools may require additional math or statistics; veterinary and graduate schools often have unique entrance requirements. The pre-professional student must choose a major and should consult with his/her pre-professional advisor to develop the best degree plan to satisfy specific pre-professional requirements.

  • Recommended courses for pre-professionals: BIOL 111, 112, 410, 450, CHEM 111, 112, 231, 232, 431, PHYS 121, 122, MATH 181, or 241

Teaching Certification Program

The following Life Science major and minor are for teaching certification only. Requirements for certification are listed in the Education section of this Bulletin.

You must make formal application for admittance to the Teacher Education Program. Applications are available at the Education Department office.

Secondary Education Emphasis

     
BIOL 111      General Biology I 4
BIOL 112 General Biology II 4
BIOL 180 Biology Research Seminar 1
BIOL 230 Ecology 4
BIOL 320 Genetics 4
BIOL 419 Philosophy of Science  3
BIOL             Electives                 5
  Total: 24

Required Cognates

     
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I  4
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II      4
MATH 241 Statistics 3
  Total:  11 

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